Darien – CD “If These Walls Could Talk” a G. D. Grace Review

I Heard about this talented, soulful crooner on the music website, SoulTracks, and after hearing one song, “Composure”  I went online and purchased the entire CD, “If These Walls Could Talk”.

I suppose what captured my ears were the touching and heartwarming lyrics to all of the songs on this classic project.

I have been a lover of music for as long as I can remember, and as a writer myself I am drawn to the honest, clean,  & rich-in-content forms of musical expression.

Darien’s passionate approach in his vocal delivery is artistic expression at its best, and his live performances elevate the entire feel to the next level.  The summer when this CD was in heavy rotation on my CD player had been a challenging one — I had stepped out on faith and left a 26 year career at a fortune 500 company.  There were several CD’s that captured that space in time and will forever be part of the soundtrack that was my life at that moment — “If These Walls Could Talk” is one of them.

I had the honor of exchanging correspondence with Darien on MySpace, as well as, on his blog, and found him to be a very kind and warm individual. The networking interaction with him further confirmed that what he sings about is real and from his heart.  His musical contributions are in alignment with many of the artist that I have listened to over the years; from Teena Marie to Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder to George Michael, The Gap Band to Cameo, Anita Baker to Phyllis Hyman, Sade to Maxwell, Aretha Franklin to Peobo Bryson, and Basia to Swing Out Sister.

The list of artists mentioned above are part of  a wide range of other artists too numerous to count but, one thing for sure, I am attracted to real singers who utilize studio technology to get the product out, and not those who use it to enhance the message of a song.  Instruments and vocals and a clever, moving arrangement are the ingredients that capture my heart.

One of the more touching songs on “If These Walls Could Talk” is the cut, “Seasons”.  The words are timeless, deep, and spiritual for me.  It took me a minute to get to it because it is a track closer to the end of the CD.  I was so immersed in all the ones at the beginning that  it took me a minute to reach the end of the CD.  -LOL

That’s how I roll though.  If a CD is good, I will wear out each and every song.  Depending on my mood, anyone of them will become my favorite. And I will also replay the entire CD for years and years.

Darien’s star has been rising quickly.  He’s been performing all over the world, and his audience is expanding with every performance.  I’m thankful to be able to locate artist that, unfortunately, aren’t recognized by mainstream media.  Eventually though, mainstream media does catch on but, thankfully, for music lovers like me, independent artists are allowed to shine prior to gaining mainstream attention with the availability of social networking sites like: Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

If you’d like to keep up with Darien’s whereabouts and learn more about this fantastic musical performer, drop by his blog link (below).  And if you haven’t copped the CD “If These Walls Could Talk”, then drop by SoulTracks or Amazon and drop some “duckets”.

This is GD, bringing it to you from his own words.

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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7 Responses to Darien – CD “If These Walls Could Talk” a G. D. Grace Review

  1. darienonline says:

    Thank you so much brother! We have definitely been in touch for a minute man (myspace lol). I appreciate all the support you have shown throughout the years. As you well know, being an independent artist is not an easy road, but along that road you meet amazing people. I wish you continued success on your road as well with all of your literary endeavors.

    • Hi, Darien. Yes, we have been in touch for a minute. My support of other artist is a given. Supporting others striving out here to achieve successful careers pursing their passion is a necessary positivity. The independent road is paved with all sorts of emotional experiences. It can be real discouraging at times but, then, when it’s your passion you weather the storms with dignity, class, and perseverance. When is the next CD going to drop? I cannot wait to get it. I wish you all of the success that life has to offer, on your road towards worldwide dominance. Be well, my friend.


  2. Chris Rizik says:

    Nice piece Glenn. And you couldn’t have picked a better young talent to write about!

    Chris Rizik, SoulTracks.com

    • Aww, man, thank you Chris. I love what you’re out there doing. I have been a fan of your site for going on three years. It is my honor to promote such a wonderful product.

      God bless,

  3. Wow Your site is of the chain

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