Darnaa is an indie artist from California who has been writing, producing and performing songs for 3 years. Songs that reflect the difficult life she has lived and triumphed over. At 25, Darnaa has survived poverty, family abuse, a forced marriage and cancer. She once said that her best childhood memories were from when she was a ward of the State because it was safer than home or living on the streets.
4 years ago Darnaa escaped a childhood marriage by moving to New York City to, as she put it, become a lady and make music. She has accomplished both goals. Darnaa has evolved into a beautiful, well coffiered woman who invokes memories of Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, and other starlets of a bygone era. Audiences describes her on stage persona as a diva-ish mix of Grace Jones, Blondie, Donna Summer and Sade. "A real woman artist, not a child pretending to be one."
Darnaa's music style is eclectic but fits several categories such as Hot Adult Contemporary, Top 40, Pop and Rhythmic.
Darnaa has written and recorded 14 songs, such as Runaway, Wild Child, Overdose and Curious. She has recorded more than 25 additional songs produced by various composers including seven songs by super producers Harvey Mason, Jr. and Alex Cantrell.
She has also covered iconic artists such as R.E.M., Journey, Foreigner, Dixie Chicks, Cher and Jimi Hendrix.
Darnaa recently became the first African American artist to co-produce, record and release 3 songs with various artists in South Korea.
Darnaa is a dramatic artist who interacts with her audiences on a very personal level. She performs with her four piece Garage Band, Tsunami. She has done over 50 shows all over the country and abroad in venues of up to 10,000 seats. Darnaa has shared the stage with artists such as B.O.B.,Miguel, French Montana, Travie McCoy, Dev, Kid Sista, R.Kelly and KEM.
Darnaa owns and uses two vintage tour buses, 40'×24' stage, complete touring sound and light system, 5 camera video system and mobile recording system.She and her band are completely wireless and can perform in any size venue including clubs typically set up for DJs only.
Darnaa recently completed a 17-day promotional tour in Korea. She performed to music tracks in several of the most popular venues in Seoul. The audiences, which at times numbered up to 5,000, overwhelmingly embraced Darnaa and her music.
She recorded and released 3 songs with Korean artists HoonieHoon, V.Hera and DJ Fraktal. She is the first African American artist to accomplish that feat. The first song that has been released is called Yellow Ribbon and and commemorates the almost 300 children lost in the Sewol Ferry sinking. The response to it has been very strong. The song will be released in China shortly.
Her Hoonie Hoon collaboration, called #RUN, was just released July 20th.
Darnaa also produced a video and photo shoot with some of the top talent in Korea. Her trip was covered and reported in over 53 online and print publications and garnered more than 88 million views.
Darnaa is currently in negotiations for the lead role in a movie to be made and distributed in China.
The trip was sponsored by Universal Network East West (UNEW)and was intended to test the water for a stadium tour and sale of mer usic in Asia, especially China. Early indicators are that a tour and record sales could be very successful.
Judge Jules, considered by many to be the originator of house music in Europe, and an important DJ on the BBC Radio Network, recently remixed two popular songs of Darnaa's. He has proposed to distribute the songs through his European DJ and club network and then bring Darnaa to Europe for a multi-city promotional tour ending in Ibiza. Many of the DJ who have heard Darnaa's music have asked to do their own remixes.
The goal of the promotional tour is to test the market for retailing of her records and a concert tour.
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