Born into a musical family (his father plays bass, his mother and sister sing, and his older brother plays the drums and trumpet), Darius studied at Blake High School of the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida, where he was a member of the Blake Jazz Ensemble and many other bands the school offered. In 1999, Darius and the Blake Jazz Ensemble were selected to perform at the Essentially Ellington Festival in
In 2001, Darius released CRUISIN’ independently at the age of 17. “I started writing music for this CD since I was 13. One of the major things that inspired me to make this album was the thought of ?Cruisin? in my own car!” Darius goes on to mention that, since then, composing is his most personal expression. “I love to write my own music because that is something that comes from deeply within, and I want my listeners to really be able to feel what I felt when I wrote it. I love playing my instrument because it allows me to communicate with others on a personal level, and I intend on doing this for the rest of my life.” NIGHT ON THE TOWN, Darius’ major label debut on Higher Octave, showcased his maturing talent as both a songwriter and musician. Darius gave his freshly-funked tunes a breezy vibe that perfectly underscores his wicked chops.
Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind, and Fire were some of the artists who inspired Darius’ songwriting for NIGHT ON THE TOWN. “I really admire how their music evokes a mood and a place. I hope that audiences will make similar connections through my music.”
Now, with the release of Eric?s brand new CD, JUST GETTING STARTED, he is moving one step closer to superstardom.
?The thing that excites me the most about my music and my career is that I am just getting started. I am very anxious to see where my music takes me throughout the next several years. I think that this CD is the beginning is something great!?
From touring the country, to being named the Smooth Jazz Debut Artist of the Year, to making a global impact, hold on to your seats ladies and gentlemen because Eric Darius is JUST GETTING STARTED!