A true socially conscious Renaissance man for our time, Darrell Kelley has been an unstoppable creative and grooving force of nature since getting back to his first love of music and dropping his debut album Unity in 2018. Fusing his passions for gospel, pop, dance and R&B with a deep-seated voice for social justice, the ultimate multi-tasker – singer, songwriter, spiritual leader, author, entrepreneur and activist – has created a powerful platform for a unique array of messages, ranging from drawing attention to key political issues and thoughtful spirituality to simply making the most of our lives and having a good time.
For those just getting immersed in all things Darrell, the Atlanta based artist is focused on three new visually and musically compelling new videos showcasing the colorful, provocative and deeply soulful range of his artistry. Directed pointedly at the NRA’s ongoing attempts to block common sense gun laws and background checks, the searing R&B ballad “Because Of You” is a call to arms addressing the tragedy of gun violence in our schools.
He sings plaintively: “Did you hear the children screaming?/Did you hear the children crying?/Did you see the children running?/Did you see the children dying?” He follows those lines with, “Tell us what you’re going to do.” The clip intercuts images of students, gun explosions and Darrell leading a team of protesters wearing “Stop Gun Violence T-shirts.” It was inspired by an interview CNN’s Don Lemon conducted with a student who survived the 2018 Parkland High School shooting. Darrell was moved when the boy looked straight at the camera and singled out the NRA, saying, “What are you going to do about it? Wait till another person gets shot?” “Because of You” reached #13 on the Indie Worldwide chart.
The two other fresh clips Darrell is drawing our attention to show that the multi-talented performer is also a playful artist advocating for people to simply let loose and enjoy life. “Get Wild Remix,” the title track from his 2019 album Get Wild which reached #4 on the Mediabase Activator Chart, is a spirited, synth driven club tune about getting out, hanging with friends and other cool folks and having a good time. The video shows Darrell in a celebratory mood, holding a champagne bottle and partying with some sexy female pals and dudes dressed to the nines. The remixed version is a slight reworking of the original version of “Get Wild,” which featured gospel centered lyrics and appeared on his earlier album Here Ends the Lesson. Likewise, his sensual, easy grooving club tune “Turn It Up” (just released January 20) features Darrell in another upscale lounge setting, hanging at the bar and partying with upscale female buds.
Other songs reflecting the Darrell’s fascinating blend of social awareness and overall sense of lighthearted fun are “Believe in Something (Kneel),” which finds him (via rap and sung vocals) addressing the critics of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his silent protest during NFL pre-game activities, and his single “I’m So High,” a whimsical chill tune about marijuana that also addresses state by state inconsistencies in the legalization battle.