FIELD­ING CALLS ON RE­QUESTS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

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.

Dar­ren Per­ci­val.

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