Philadelphia native Darius Coleman is a phenomenally talented and gifted young man, excelling not only in music, but equally in dance. He is an alumnus of the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia, PA. It is there his natural abilities were nurtured and cultivated, and was the perfect environment for such an artistic and passionate young man. He comes from a family rich in musical heritage and his love for music and singing is intrinsic in his design. Once you’ve heard him you could not easily disagree, he was born to sing! Darius has graced major stages both locally and abroad including the African American Heritage Festival, Settlement School of Music Charity Benefit Concert and the 2012 Philadelphia Comeback. He has also made numerous appearances in the ABC Network Thanksgiving Day and Cherry Blossom Parades. Most recently Darius was named as “Someone to look out for in 2013” by Philadelphia radio station HOT107.9fm. Everywhere he goes he is able to uplift, encourage, and mesmerize all who are present. His sound is rich and warm. His voice resonates with fire and passion and is sure to inspire as he blazes a trail of his own. So get ready for a revolution. The likes of which have not been seen before. If you’ve been waiting for radical change, your wait is over. Darius has the goods and is willing and able to deliver.
IAA: What is your music background?
DARIUS COLEMAN: I come from a family that is rich in musical and creative talents. That is where I first became aware of my gift. I was incredibly shy about my voice very early on and didn’t really want others to hear me. As I got older I began singing in the church choir where I gained some confidence. I had not realized that the sound I produced, was actually pleasant for other people to listen to. After that realization singing was like breathing, it just happened naturally. I went on to train at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts where I studied vocal musical and gained the balance of classical technique to combine with the raw passion and emotion of church singing. I have since completed two private vocal coaching studies and continue to learn to master my voice.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
DARIUS COLEMAN: I want to be able to empower, encourage, and inspire others to live their dreams and to be courageous enough to look adversity in the face and conquer it. I believe that music is the platform that will allow me to convey this message of hope and I plan to use the platform strategically to do so. Additionally, I love to sing! It wakes me up in the morning and it’s the last thing on my mind before I sleep. Being able to do that everyday and share what and how I feel with others is priceless. There’s nothing else like it!
IAA: What are your songs about?
DARIUS COLEMAN: My songs range in subject matter from life experience to having fun however, I prefer writing songs about love and relationship. I have a unique way of expressing myself and I enjoy discussing these topics from my perspective. I love the idea of love and because of that I have a soft spot in my heart for tender love ballads. More than anything, I hope to communicate who I am and how I feel as clearly and concisely as possible through my music.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
DARIUS COLEMAN: My fan base is directed toward females ages 18-40.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
DARIUS COLEMAN: Some of my musical influences include Kim Burrell, Michael Buble, Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend, Brandy , Tank, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Beyonce and Frank Sinatra.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
DARIUS COLEMAN: I describe my voice and my music as vocal silk. You can wrap yourself in the warmth and comfort of my smooth, warm tenor voice. While also enjoying the head bopping, finger popping up tempo records. I enjoy music and musicality so you can anticipate warm beds of vocal harmony and raw, authentic emotion.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
DARIUS COLEMAN: There are a few things that make me a stand out artist. The first is my talent. God gave me a great ability and because I have learned how to manipulate and navigate my voice, I have a wider range of songs that I can sing and multiple vocal options for delivery. I am also a classically trained dancer and I include dance as a part of my stage show which will help to add to the quality of my stage show. Additionally, I possess a strong work ethic which I believe will help to set me apart from others who are trying to achieve the same goals as myself. Finally, I have an unbreakable determination that will push me to succeed . There is no quitting with me; it’s all or nothing.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
DARIUS COLEMAN: Right now I am putting the final touches on my forthcoming EP while continuing to write and submit songs to other major artists. I am also booking shows and performing in order to expand my fan base and make more people aware of me and my music!
IAA: What are your career goals?
DARIUS COLEMAN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I have many goals that I intend to realize. I plan to be a household name and to be the face of multiple companies in the way of endorsements. I plan to be a multi-platinum selling artist and to be a record breaking and record setting artist. I intend to pen classic records that people love and respect long after I am gone. I intend to change the perception of male singers in R&B as only being sex symbols who only sing about sex. I want to tell stories with my music and take people on a journey. I plan to have a clothing line of my own and to be the CEO of a multi-billion dollar luxury brand. I plan to collaborate with some of the artists I admire most and inspire the next generation to go for their dreams. I want to make a difference in the world so that when I am gone it will have been a better place because I lived. Within the next decade, I see all of the aforementioned having come to pass!
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DARIUS COLEMAN: You can friend me on Facebook: Darius Coleman. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ dariuscoleman_ and subscribe to my youtube channel : youtube.com/dariuscolemanmusic