Thursday, April 10, 2008
Hurricane Do You Remember
Snippets from Hurricane Do You Remember
Here's a good new Southern Soul orientated album from Hurricane on the John Roberts & Lawrence Baulden label.
You can pick it up from CD Baby. Here's his blurb:
Darren "Hurricane" King, the bad boy of blues, was born in Merouge, Louisiana to a family dedicated to singing gospel music. By age four, his mother noticed that he had a special talent, an incredible desire to sing and the ability to perform in front of huge audiences without a moment’s hesitation.
On stage, he was a dynamic, entertaining personality. His brothers and sisters started calling him "Hurricane," because when he sang, he performed with high energy, like a storm, singing and dancing, climbing up on chairs and tables, and enticing the crowd to get involved.
Although he was so young, he learned every word of each song and performed each one like a professional. His mother formed a gospel group that included Hurricane and the rest of his brothers and sisters. They performed in churches in Louisiana for many years and allowed Hurricane to hone his skills.
During his years in school, Hurricane made his mark singing and acting in plays and other programs. In middle school, he realized his calling during a performance in the musical, “Trouble In River City.” From that moment, Hurricane decided that singing was going to be his life long profession and he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career.
In Los Angeles, Hurricane sang in clubs and on stage. In 1990, he formed an R&B group called Manhood and recorded their first single, “Rib Tip Dinner,” which enjoyed a certain amount of success.
“Rib Tip Dinner” caught the ear of a blues band called Da Deal. Hurricane was invited to join Da Deal as their vocalist. Although he was familiar with the blues and knew some blues standards, it was his first encounter with actually performing the blues as his main set, but he took the opportunity and made it work.
Performing in local blues clubs over the years, Hurricane opened many shows for such blues artists as Little Milton, Vernon Garrett, Barbara Morrison, and others artists who came to Los Angeles to perform.
In the early months of 2007, Hurricane signed a recording contract with Roberts/Baulden Entertainment and out of that collaboration came the CD entitled “Do You Remember.”
“Do You Remember” is a collection of songs that only a vocalist of Hurricane’s ability can pull off, taking you to a level of funky R&B flavored bad boy blues to compositions that make you want to grab someone and hold on tight.
The first song on the CD, My Name Is Hurricane, gives the listener an idea of what Hurricane is all about. He is telling you to get up and dance, because as long as Hurricane is in the house, “there can’t be no wallflowers up in here.”
And ladies, you’ve got to “Drop Them Draws. You can’t expect a man to provide you with a place to live, pay all the bills, treat you like a queen, and then don’t, at least, make love to him.
Hurricane’s rendition of “Do You Remember” is a soulful, passionate question, asking his woman if she remembers all the love they shared. That was then, and this is now.
“Nothing Is Sweeter” is a song of love. If you’ve ever been in love, you know that there is nothing sweeter, whether you are giving love or receiving it. Love is sweet, and there is nothing better.
If you’ve ever taken another man’s woman, you may have gotten more than you bargained for. You may find yourself begging him to “Take Her Back,” and Hurricane sings this song with passion, begging the other man to please take his woman back because he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he took her.
“The Heart You Broke” is a sad, moody, song that tells a story of being in love and having your heart broken when the one you love walks out on you. We’ve all been there at one point in our lives. It helps, though, when the heartbreaker realizes that you are the best thing that could have ever happened to them, and they have to beg and plead to get you back.
Then you can tell them, "I Cried Too Many Tears," so I’m letting you go. Hurricane is the master at making you feel that you are in the driver’s seat, because you’re tired of the blues, you’re tired of the pain, you’ve gotten yourself together, and you’re moving on with your life.
“Look What Love Has Done For Me” is a sensuous love song, telling the world to take note of changes that love can bring. Love makes you feel good, it gives you a new way of walking, a new way of talking, puts a smile on your face, and it takes you to a brand new place in your life.
Sometimes you may go through a period when it seems that it’s “Been Such A Long Time” since you’ve felt good about your life. In this song, Hurricane lets you know that, sooner or later, love will come along and when it does, you’ve got to grab it and hold on to it because it if you let it get away, you may not see it again for a long time.
Now it’s time to get “Freaky.” Hurricane is ready to make love and he wants to do it now, no matter what part of the house he is in. So ladies, the Hurricane is willing and able, so come ride this freak train so you can get in the mood to be a freaky freak.