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A creative mixture of gospel and smooth jazz, dedicated to those who serve in the United States Military and law enforcement.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. A Call to Courage Darron McKinney
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2. A Call to Courage {instrumental} Darron McKinney
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3. Never Alone Darron McKinney
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4. Soulmate Darron McKinney
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5. What a Friend Darron McKinney
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6. Never Alone {instrumental} Darron McKinney
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7. His Eye Is On the Sparrow Darron McKinney
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8. Soft Spoken Darron McKinney
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9. Shift Change Darron McKinney
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10. Corey's Song Darron McKinney
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11. 75 South Darron McKinney
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12. Inner Prizm Darron McKinney
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13. Off Bradford Street Darron McKinney
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14. Good Lovin Darron McKinney
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Saxman Darron McKinney is a Police Officer for the Detroit Public School District Police. In the 1980s, he majored in criminal justice and jazz studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge La, under Jazz Master Alvin Batiste of New Orleans. After Leaving Louisiana, he returned to Detroit, quicklly getting back into the mainstream. Among the artist he has shared the stage with are Dr.Billy Taylor,Jimmy Heath, Dizzie Gillespie, Roy Ayers, Betty"BEBOP"Carter,Joe Sample,Cuba Gooding Sr, Regina Belle, Mikki Howard and Waymen Tisdale. Luther Jackson of 7 MILE makes a guest appearance on McKinney's cd entitled A Call To Courage, on a tune entitled "Never Alone". McKinney and his Brother Nathan wrote the songs recorded on this project. McKinney comes from a musical family, he has ten siblings and was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. McKinney caught the attention of people nationwide when he gave a riveting performance of his original song, "A Call to Courage," at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial candlelight vigil on May 13, 2001, in Washington, D.C. The song was a tribute to slain police officers and their families. The song features vocals by Nichelle Colvin and has gained in significance after the September 11, 2001 attacks, a coincidence that McKinney finds prophetic--especially since he was invited to perform the song before 18,000 people in Washington, DC nearly 4 months to the day before the attacks occurred. What is even more ironic to McKinney is that he performed the song approximately a half-mile from where the plane would strike the Pentagon But God goes ahead of us says McKinney. Several branches of the US armed services have now picked up on the song and have used it as a rallying point of sorts, and it is even being broadcast on the Pentagon Network around the world. Many cable and educational TV stations have also begun broadcasting the video footage of McKinney's performance of the song that day in Washington, D.C. including Comcast cable in the Detroit area. While McKinney is, in his words, "humbled " by the widespread acceptance the song has received, he states that his initial aim was merely to let his fellow officers know that they were loved and appreciated, a fact that many do not realize until it is too late.


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Mark Miller

A Call To Courage
I loved this Cd I bought it to add it to my CD collection. I loved every song.
A nice Cd just to listen to.

Mark Miller:)

Tony Danza

Tony Danza
June 27, 2006
Darron! Your sax playing is unrivaled by any mortal man on earth. Your music is so touching and AWESOME. Tony Danza is in awe at your shear magnificence. Darron I give you two thumbs up pal. You rock man.


Jason Wellwood CILU 102.7FM Thunder Bay, Ontario

Feedback: Good solid songwriting on the album. A definite crowd pleaser, our programmers were happy to play it!

Zeitgeist, PO Box 13499, Edinburgh EH6 8YL, United Kingdom

Of course you can't go wrong in America by appealing to patriotism, so when a jazz playing saxophonist former deputy sheriff writes a song called "A Call to Courage" ( here, as both an instrumental and with vocals by Michelle Colvin) and dedicates it as a tribute to fallen police officers after 9/11, then its not going to fail.

McKiney says he wrote "A Call to Courage" to serve as an inspiration to police officers everywhere and to inspire police officers to establish a relationship with God, and there is a strong Christian message running through a lot of the material.

But McKinney is more than just lowest common denominator patriotism. He is also an accomplished saxophonist operating in the smooth milieu. The highlights include the two gospel tinged numbers "What a Friend" and a beautiful "His Eye Is on the Sparrow". Best of all, though, is the track, "Soft Spoken", which is an absolute treat

: Claude Colpaert Radio Campus France

a saxophonist with a good feeling, specially on soprano saxophone. radio campus lille north of france, "jazz à l'âme",

Maurizio Benvenuti : Radio Incontro Pesaro Italy

Dear friend in good music

ho ricevuto il cd di Darron .
Il disco è molto godibile
In particolare soft spoken , what a friend e molto molto piacevoli i due brani cantati never alone e a call of courage che presto manderò in onda

Jim O'Brien : 101FM Springwood Queensland Australia

I love this album. Tracks 5, 7 & of course Track 14 are really great. Played 3 times on radio show & had a number of callers asking about the album. Advised them that it is available from the website