Chorale Director & Arranger
Darlene discovered her love of Soul/Gospel music in her early teens and was drawn in by the soul-stirring melodic freedom, rich chords and deep groove. As a singer, Darlene performs her soul-filled arrangements of well-known covers, jazz standards, gospel, R & B, funk, as well as her original tunes. She recently completed solo concert tours through BC’s Kootenay and Okanagan regions. She is a seasoned songwriter, arranger, teacher, choral and musical director and keyboard accompanist.
Darlene developed the music programs/curriculum and was Director of the Institute of Music Ministry (IMM) at Pacific Life Bible College from 2003 to 2014. She has organized and moderated a number of music events, including artist seminars, training, retreats and concerts. Darlene was part of a team that brought in performing artists for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and organized concerts in venues throughout the city.
She was one of 100 featured artists in the We Make Stuff book, published in 2012, and released her first solo CD Soul Connections in October, 2014. That same year, two of her songs were nominated for awards.