Darden Smith – Love Calling
He has recorded fourteen critically acclaimed albums in locations ranging from Austin, New York, Nashville, London and Los Angeles. All Music Guide has praised Smith as “a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion.”
Smith spent his early childhood on a Texas farm and wrote his first song when he was 10 years old. After his family moved to Houston in 1976, he was soon slipping into local clubs to watch established singer-songwriters perform. His musical influences expanded when he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and, by the time he graduated in 1985, he was a regular headliner on the local and Texas music scenes.
Smith released his debut album Native Soil in 1986, featuring fellow Texans Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith on harmony vocals. Epic Records signed Smith at the inaugural South by Southwest Festival in 1987, and Darden Smith (1988) produced two country chart hit singles, “Little Maggie” and “Day After Tomorrow.”
As well as a stream of well-received albums, Smith has a lot of other achievements under his belt:
- The Austin Symphony Orchestra commissioned him to write a symphony Grand Motion which premiered in 1999
- Started his own record label Darden Music
- Created The Be An Artist Program, which offers workshops that inspire creativity through collaboration to many students
- Artist-In-Residence at Oklahoma State University’s Institute For Creativity and Innovation.
- Launched in 2012 SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a program of weekend retreats that pair professional songwriters with soldiers who share painful stories about combat and their return home, turn those stories into songs
- Has worked with homeless youth in New Jersey
Love Calling, Smith’s latest album and his first with Compass Records, was recorded in Nashville with co-producers Jon Randall Stewart and Gary Paczos. The album will be released at the end of July and is available for pre-order.
Here’s a clip of the title track.