Darlene Austin has traveled most every road that leads in and out of Nashville’s famed 16th Avenue. Her winding career is definitely a scenic trip with exciting twists and turns which make her a recognizable name in the music arena.
By the age of four, fate already had something in mind for Darlene, when her love of music began to surface. Raised in a large family on a small Kansas farm, she had a captive audience that helped mature her showmanship at a young age. She tuned her talent by singing old standard songs while her father played violin. She’ll admit she was no doubt a tomboy. Horses and softball got mu
ch of her youthful attention, but this pretty, pigtailed brunette also belonged to a tap and acrobat class that traveled her home state. While in high school, she sang in church, at community events and with local bands. As this sunflower blossomed, she remembers learning the words to popular songs by spinning her Mom’s old wind-up record player… and hiding the lyrics and poems she wrote in a locked up diary, where she dared to envision a future with bright lights.
Darlene left home at 17 and turned a dream into an impressive career. Austin is a genuine original in her own right. She’s impressively surfaced on the pages of trade magazines, newspapers, television, worldwide airwaves and ballots, including a nomination and performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Hollywood for New Female Vocalist. All of her accolades and accomplishments are centered around her self-styled God-given talent and as unique as her off beat clothes and sultry silken voice.
Being a lead staff singer on The Nashville Network, WSMV-TV (NBC) and WSM Radio opened the avenues to build her fan base. Among many syndicated shows, she also relished appearances on “Hee Haw” and the world famous “Grand Ole Opry.”
Fans have followed Austin’s musical journey along an ever-changing road to self discovery – a path paved with passion and dedication. Along with extensive touring on the road, she has garnered 5 nationally charted singles to date and 4 albums which help carry her sound to the hungry public.
The international release of her Holding On CD by Magi Records was another step in gathering more Austin fans in exciting new regions of the world which welcomed her with open arms. She received two entry level nominations for the 2001 Grammy Awards in the categories of “Best Country Album” and “Album of the Year” and a European CMA nomination for “Female Indie Artist of the Year.” Darlene is co-writer and publisher of three songs on this album. Now fans can watch for the new release of a 10 song CD called “REVIVED” that’s in the mix for 2018.
Songwriting is just another way she translates her emotions. Austin’s country background mixed with R & B gives her a true style all her own, which also blends into the songs she writes. Darlene has been a staff songwriter for such worldwide publishing companies as BMG Music, Sony ATV Tree Music, and Cimarron River Songs. These firsthand experiences led to forming her own publishing companies, Vine Creek Music (ASCAP) and Many More Music (BMI). Many of the songs she performs on television, radio, road shows and her albums are her own creations. Currently songwriting is her main focus, though she does take time to enjoy an occasional appearance for special events.
One of Darlene’s latest music project is crafting all the music for a comedy theater production called, “Hillbilly HotSpot.” Austin created the name and wrote, sang and produced the theme song, plus 14 compositions that are a variety of comedy, bluegrass, gospel and live dance. “Hillbilly HotSpot” is presented as a live theater production orchestrated by BDS Promotions.
Darlene Austin is a passionate, fun loving person who cares deeply for the music, the friendships and the memories she’s gathered. Much success echoes in the air as the world continues to embrace Austin’s creations and soulful sound.