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 and Bill Sample have co-written a number of songs in the past few years and they are performing those as “Wild Blue Herons”. 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, Jacob Collier, and Lisa Fischer.
Wild Blue Herons
Darlene is the singer, co-writer/arranger and leader of the Wild Blue Herons (WBH) which consists of her, Bill Sample (co-leader and writer/arranger on keys and vocals), Rene Worst/Miles Hill (bass), Buff Allen/Randall Stoll (drums), Bill Runge (sax), and occasionally guitar, horns and BG vocals. Their music, a combination of jazz, funk, soul, blues with ‘smoky’ ballads, blends groove with complex chords, rhythms, and soulful melodies. The songs are broadly accessible and are filled with themes of life, love and social consciousness. Wild Blue Herons have just released their first CD, “On the Outside”. “In music and life the outside is where you are when you are different. Good things can happen there”.
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, Cayla Brooke at Frequency Forward Studios, Brian Doerksen at White Water and sung Background vocals in concert for Shari Ulrich, Jane Mortifee and Cayla Brooke and other Vancouver artists.