The Music Minister at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Darryn has held a leadership role at his local church for more than 16 years, He is the musician for the Voices of Praise & Inspirational Choirs. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice – with a minor in Piano, Zewalk’s music is best described as Inspirational Gospel with a R&B/Top 40 jazz twist. Darryn’s songs are melodic testimonies of what the Lord has brought him through, and what the Lord will do for anyone who surrenders to God’s will.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
DARRYN ZEWALK: I am from Sapulpa, Oklahoma. I lived there all my life until 2010. I now reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma with my wife Latessa.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
DARRYN ZEWALK: I have loved music from the time I was a toddler. I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Al Green and The Jackson 5. I started playing the trombone in the 5th grade and in the sixth grade I started playing the piano and singing in my church at the age of 12. I started taking private voice lessons in the 9th grade. I was a 3 year all-state member in The Oklahoma High School All-State Chorus and got to college with a music scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University. I graduated with vocal degree in 1989. I then started working in my church at the Mount Olive Baptist Church where I worked with the inspirational choir in 1999. I have been the Minister of Music for the past 16 years.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
DARRYN ZEWALK: I wish to record and release music to bring encouragement to the listening soul. God has given me a gift to play the piano, sing, compose, and arrange my own music to glorify Him. My goal is reach the masses and to better the world in which we live in is what I’ve been called to do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
DARRYN ZEWALK: My songs are a personal insight and journey of the life of a Christian, Sometimes there will be blessings and sometimes there’ will be storms. I always write what I am going through at that moment. I was made to worship God not only in the sunshine and roses but also in the pain and suffering.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
DARRYN ZEWALK: In the beginning I thought that my music was only geared toward the adult contemporary crowd. Lately, many youth have been inspired by it as well. In Revelation 2:29 it states “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the spirit says to churches.” If my music can touch you then it is for you.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
DARRYN ZEWALK: My music influences are William McDowell, Michael W. Smith, Lionel Richie, Barry Manilow, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and CeCe Winans. My music collection is very eclectic and I listen to a variety of artist on any given day.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
DARRYN ZEWALK: My music is Gospel/Pop/Soul with a splash of Jazz. My music is the type of musicyou can listen to inside and outside the church walls.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
DARRYN ZEWALK: My music is a personal creation that is crafted to reach listeners on a personal level and is not a specific commercial creative format.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
DARRYN ZEWALK: I have just finished releasing 2 albums Favor and Forevermore in January of 2015. My collection is well over 130 songs and growing so I am always looking to start something new.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10
DARRYN ZEWALK: I wish to continue making quality music so that I can have a career in music full time within the next few years so that I can
inspire and encourage people through what the Lord has done for me. I would also love to give back to my community and work with younger upcoming talent in my area.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DARRYN ZEWALK: My music can be found in iTunes, Google play and Amazon MP-3. My fans can reach me at the following sites.
Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/gospelmusicdownloads
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