Jan 6, 2015
Thirteen albums into a storied career as a singer-songwriter, Darden Smith is also a humanitarian. I'd already been familiar with his music for some time and was intrigued to hear about his non-proﬁt SongwritingWith:Soldiers at the 14th Street Apple Store in Manhattan.
The purpose of SW:S is to connect professional songwriters with active duty and veteran military members to write songs from their combat stories and the experience of returning home. Darden's emotions for the soldiers was palpable as he spoke of several success stories that happened during the program's songwriting retreats.
His latest album, 2013's Love Calling, is a gorgeous organic tone poem on par with Tracy Chapman's New Beginning album. Love Calling includes my favorite track, the haunting "Baltimore", which I must confess I play on repeat. Our conversation explores his career and songwriting process plus the inception of SW:S.
Visit Darden Smith online: www.dardensmith.com
For more information on SongwritingWith: Soldiers: www.songwritingwithsoldiers.org/
Talk Music Talk Playlist/009: Darden Smith
This week's Spotify playlist is another personally chosen Best
Of spanning the career of Darden Smith. From his debut Native Soul
to the aforementioned Love Calling, Darden's music is a study in
grace and strength.
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