FIELDING CALLS ON REQUESTS
It was a chance meeting with James Morrison that changed Darren Percival’s life forever.
The jazz trumpet player took his big band to Chatswood High School for a concert, which left Percival inspired.
“It was a mind-blowing experience,” Percival says.
“The next day I asked my teacher if I could sing with the (school) big band and a few weeks later I was singing at the Sydney Opera House.”
It was the start of a lifelong career for Percival, who went on to play with Morrison for eight years after school.
“When I didn’t get into the (Sydney) Conservatorium after school I decided I would go to the university of life and I haven’t stopped since then,” he says.
Although Percival rose to prominence after singing on The Voice, his love of singing started much earlier, performing backyard concerts when he was five.
Percival spent his teenage years in Lane Cove, took singing lessons in Roseville, piano lessons in Chatswood, and has fond memories of his youth on the North Shore.
“My music teacher Gavin Staines, he’s an amazing man and he has helped me out a lot,” he says.
Percival heads to the Gold Coast this weekend for a special “Txt My Request” concert, where the audience have the chance to create the setlist.
Darren’s released several solo albums of original music, and his album Happy Home, debuted at No.3 on the ARIA chart.
Tomorrow night, he will be playing music from his 2014 album Lovelife, which features a collection of his favourite love songs by artists like Elton John, Norah Jones, The Beatles and The Bee Gees.
The album also features three original songs written with his friend and producer Paul Grey.