Darren finds his own voice
DARREN Percival is excited for his audience to get a better insight into his personality and performing skills when he brings his Up Close & Percival Tour to town.
The Voice 2012 runner-up says while the reality TV show portrayed ‘‘the real me’’, there are still sides of him his fans don’t know about.
‘‘People who come to my gigs get to see things they didn’t see on The Voice – I use loops, play piano, beatbox and tell some stories,’’ says Percival. ‘‘They get to see other elements of what I do.’’ Percival says the show is very different to his last tour. ‘‘I will be playing songs from The Voice as well as some originals and covers. There are a couple of guests coming to Twin Towns. My vocal mates will get up and sing with us as well, which will be fun.’’
Ray Charles fans will be in for a treat – Percival’s last album, A Tribute To Ray Charles features a collection of covers of songs made famous by the late, great US musician. Percival cites Charles as one of his biggest influences. ‘‘Ray Charles changed my life. He makes me smile and I sing the way I do as a result of learning from him,’’ he says.
‘‘He crossed so many genres in his career and the way he delivers stories inspires me. It was a huge project to tackle but I feel I do the songs justice.’’
Percival says his next album will feature originals, some of which he will showcase on this tour.
Darren Percival plays Twin Towns tomorrow at 8pm. Tickets are $27. The Voice returns, cover story, TV, Page 13.
– ROSE SADLEIR
Darren Percival is getting up close.