If you asked which Welsh singer/songwriter has won the UK Songwriting Contest, achieved 2 x USA Song Of The Year contest runner up positions, received awards from Billboard, performed with/shared the bill with Bryn Terfel, Michael Ball, Donny Osmond, Scouting For Girls, toured the world and written songs with hit songwriters, there would only be one name on that list... Darren Parry!
“Feels Like The World’s Stopped Turning” is the new single from the multi-award winning artist. The song is a Pop ballad, performed as a duet with classy guest vocalist Sian Elson, allowing their voices to soar and intertwine in this heart-breaking and touching track. The song focuses on a relationship gone sour, leading to its sad demise. The vocal duel see’s the male character explaining his sadness and feelings of loss, like the world has stopped turning! This is emphasised with intricate andintelligent songwriting with lines like “feels like the Sun’s stopped shining but I’m still blinded by you”... showing he is still in love with the female character. Sian delivers her vocal with poise explaining that she didn’t want to hurt him but she has to move on. The track perfectly showcases Darren’s 3 and a half octave range with a powerful, honest, passionate performance of conviction.
The song has some unexpected elements with the haunting ‘backwards’ ghostly voices making subtle appearances. Darren says “I sang some lines and oohs and ahhs and then Al Steele (co-producer) played them backwards and pitched them up. We did the same with the guitar solo. Al played the guitar solo as normal and we reversed it so that it plays backwards”. These techniques add to the slight ‘off kilter’ feel of the track to create tension and haunting under currents of deep loss.
2019 and 2020 has been a busy year for Darren with him winning the International ‘Male Vocalist Of The Year’ Silver Crystal Award in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in the prestigious ISSA Awards (International Singer Songwriters Association). He has been writing with hit songwriter James Warren of The Korgis (writer of worldwide smash “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime”), performing all over and has a brand new podcast called ‘Music Matters’. In this podcast Darren interviews singers, songwriters, producers, actors, DJ’s etc. about what music means to them. The latest episode features musical star of Jesus Christ Superstar and singer/songwriter, Steve Balsamo.
“Feels Like The World’s Stopped Turning” is available on all major digital platforms from Fri 13th March and is available for pre-order/pre-save from 13th February.
More info: Website: www.darrenparry.com