Darron Andrews was born in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Early on in his life, he was able to begin nurturing his musical abilities. He began playing the violin, the piano and the recorder. He was able to pass music at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) as well as gain qualifications from the Associated Boards of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM). He was also able to do violin master classes from the Highly Strung String Quartet, one of England’s leading string quartets.
Early public performances came by way of government functions, weddings and church services. After graduating from high school, Darron worked with the St Vincent and the Grenadines government as a music education trainee.
In 2009, Darron decided to do further studies. To this end, he came to Jamaica to attend the Edna Manley School for the Visual and the Performing Arts. Darron describes attending the school as being in a professional environment where he was able to interact with other musicians as well as learn the dos and dont’s of the music business. Some of his favourite tutors were Jon Williams, Michael Sean Harris, Ann McNamee and Maurice Gordon. In 2013, Darron graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Bmus) degree in Jazz and Popular Studies.
Since graduating, Darron has done a number of performances in Jamaica as well as other Caribbean islands such as Barbados, St. Lucia and his home country St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He has also performed in Mexico and the U.S.A. He performed at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival in 2013 and 2014 with dancehall artiste Beenie Man. Darron has also taught music at School of Hope, Liguanea Prep as well as the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts summer programme. He performs regularly at his Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Studio recordings have also been a part of Darron’s professional career. He has done advertising jingles as well as recording on other musicians’ projects. He has released a jazz and pop CD with originals and covers under his Darron Andrews Music label.
Influences on Darron’s music are wide and varied. He lists jazz violinists Jean-Luc Ponty and Stephanie Grapelli, jazz/pop violinist Karen Briggs, gospel violinist Roland Sumkins and hip hop violinist Miri Ben Ari. Darron’s keyboard influences include jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, gospel pianist and producer Aaron Lindsay. Famed saxophonist Kenny G is another of his musical influences.
Darron appreciates all genres of music and describes his distinctive sound as a combination of jazz, pop, gospel and dancehall.
His dream collaborations include violinist Yanni, saxophonist Dave Koz, George Benson, gospel artistes Kirk Franklin and Kim Burrell.
Thinking outside of the box is what Darron is all about. He would one day like to win a Grammy Award. “Dream big, stay positive, dwell in the beauty of life… watch the stars and shine among them” is the motto that Darron lives by.
(c) A. Pierre Sobers