“His songs are uplifting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad ....but always catchy, melodic and more-some!”
The long-awaited debut album!
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - 10 original songs. Produced by Nick Brine (Oasis, The Verve, Stereophics, The Darkness. He's worked with Bruce Springsteen ... the list goes on!)
Darren James is a Welsh singer-songwriter based in Cardiff. Born in Quakers Yard in the Merthyr Valley he began playing in various bands at the age of 16.
Aged 18 he moved to Swansea where he studied for a degree and PhD in psychology. He later moved to Cardiff to study for a doctorate in clinical psychology and as well as being a busy performer, writer and recording artist he works part-time in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist.
Darren helped fund his way through University by performing in bands and teaching guitar.
His guitar playing is influenced by Hendrix, Clapton, Knopfler and Gary Moore. Songwriting influences include Paul Simon, Tom Waites, Chris Difford (Squeeze) and musical influences include Muse and Radiohead.
Darren says his songs are observational, story-based and draw on on real-life experiences. He tackles difficult subjects such as love, relationships, loss and happiness in a down-to-earth way.
His songs are uplifting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always tug on the emotions and are catchy, melodic and more-some!
Darren is an in-demand live performer around South Wales. He plays as a solo artist and also with his band. He has featured on Radio Cardiff and BBC Radio Wales and been a featured artist at the Folk on the Lawn festival for the past three years.
Nova Music Blog
review 12th February 2020
Darren James is a fine and perceptive singer-songwriter, capable of writing touching, poignant and fun songs, characterized by an authentic and human touch, strong melodies, big choruses and music that’s easy to fall in love with.
All this is the creative richness of the expressive world that we found in “Better Late Than Never“, the debut album from Darren James, which will be released on February 29th with Sondar Records.
Sondar Records gave us a preview of 4 of the 10 original songs that make up the entire album. Just enough to grasp the full depth of Darren’s musical delivery. In his songs everything, from arrangements to vocal and instrumental performance, chase, support and seal each other with a coherence, a freshness and an emotional involvement that are touching and wide-ranging.
Produced by Nick Brine, engineer already known for having worked with stellar artists (Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Williams, Stereophonics, The Verve and many others), “Better Late Than Never” is a pop rock album with folk roots of formidable quality.
Darren’s songs are storytelling plots based on observing real-life experiences. Through uplifting songs, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, he tackles topics such as love, relationships, loss and happiness. In a nutshell, the life of all of us, of everyday.
Find out more about Darren James and his forthcoming debut album “Better Late Than Never“, expected next February 29th, on Sondar Records website.