Darryl Tookes is the Entertainment Industry’s Best-kept Secret

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He is also the man behind some of the most successful and memorable moments in music history.

Perhaps that is what makes Darryl the formidable musician he has become, and why his personal success has so outweighed his professional fame. For as long as anybody can recall, the scales have been tipped concerning trend vs. talent – though many will argue that the drum of authenticity has been beaten, that a real demand has been made for substance over style, the music industry has yet to lend itself to anything original, intelligent and spirited. Until now.    

Recently, Darryl Tookes’ breakthrough album New England Morning was listed among “the latest and hottest in black music” by Ebony Magazine’s July 2005 publication. This acknowledgement is concurrent with the release of the World War II tribute album “Salute!” demonstrating Darryl’s singing abilities in the standard “Till Then” (other artists featured on this album include LeAnn Rimes, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, Marie Osmond and Lee Greenwood). Darryl will be appearing at the Gramophone Shop in New Canaan, Ct. on July 2nd to autograph CD’s, following the album’s scheduled release on June 28th of this year.

Though Tookes’ music is only now gaining the notoriety it has for so long deserved, he is no stranger to the perils and perks encumbered by the working artist. Blessed with a four-octave range and perfect pitch, Darryl Tookes has composed and performed across an ever-widening musical spectrum. He has sung before a presidential audience at an exclusive White House performance, toured with multi-platinum solo recording artist Sting, contributed to two Grammy award winning West Side Story albums, and is an award winning composer and performer of musical sequences for thousands of radio and television spots. His discography includes six solo albums produced by both major and independent record labels, including New England Morning, Babies and Balloons, Red Bird, Travels of an Ordinary Man, Rendezvous and his self-titled debut Darryl Tookes. When asked to comment on the quality of Darryl’s versatile craft, Ambient Recording’s Mark Conese has said, “Darryl Tookes and Joseph Joubert (his collaborative pianist and professional companion) are about as talented as any two can human beings get.”

Truer words were never spoken. But are audiences finally prepared to embrace such a precocious, yet brilliantly elusive art form?

We think so.

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