Darlene loves to connect with, and feed off of, the chemistry of the audience…her passion is to impact others through her music. To her, singing is a very vulnerable expression and she believes that it is a 2-way relationship between the singer and listeners.
Darlene performs a variety of music in different genres including select cover tunes, Soul, Jazz standards, Gospel, R&B/funk and her soul-infused original songs. She was influenced by Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Andrae Crouch, Michael Jackson, Danniebelle Hall, Aretha Franklin, CeCe Winans, Whitney Houston; much of the funk/soul and jazz music of the 70s and more recently by the likes of Snarky Puppy, Lalah Hathaway, and Lisa Fischer.
Darlene Ketchum Collective
Darlene loves to collaborate in performing and writing. She and Bill Sample have co-written a number of songs in the past few years and she is performing those plus her own and other collaborations. Their music is a bit bluesy, a bit funky with ‘smoky’ ballads.
Darlene performs these originals plus select standards as a Quintet, Quartet, Trio or Duo with a stellar group of musicians from Vancouver, BC.
These songs bring a fresh ‘take’ on the classic sounds of Jazz, Soul, and Funk that challenge traditional harmonies – blending the groove with complex chords, rhythms, and heart stirring melodies. While pushing musical boundaries, the songs are broadly accessible and offer lyrical insights into the life and times we live in. Her audiences are stirred to take on a social conscience to care for the world around them.
Darlene Ketchum Band
(Darlene – vocals; Kelvin Ketchum – piano; Gerry Teichrob – bass; Tyler Friesen – drums). The band (formerly quartet) plays a selection of classic jazz, soul, R&B and gospel tunes as well as some originals. They normally perform around the Vancouver area but have also toured in the Okanagan and Kootenays each summer since 2014. See bios here.
Solo and Session work
Darlene is available as a freelance soloist (for weddings, special events, festivals, conferences etc) and she loves to collaborate.
She is also a recording session vocalist and has put together groups of vocalists for BGs/choir backup as well as written arrangements. Her theory background and love of chords give her the ability to hear and harmonize ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the expected as well as to fit into any style. Over the past year, she has done session work for: Boulevard at the Warehouse, The Wild! at the Armoury, Jody Quine at Afterlife, for Carolyn Arends at White Water, etc.