Darryl Tookes composes and sings songs about life. He is a featured artist and songwriter on the brand new Beach Music Super Compilation CD with the Embers. People say they want to hear this kind of music. Answering this need, Darryl has been composing and singing his beautiful music for two decades. Honoring his vision, he has been through the refiner's fire and come out burnished gold, a treasure for audiences worldwide!
Darryl has arranged for and performed with scores of the world's music greats, as well as composed and performed love songs for his solo albums. Darryl worked on Sting's Grammy-Award-winning "Brand New Day" CD and tour. He also has the distinction of singing on two Grammy-Award-winning "West Side Story" albums, one, the last produced by Leonard Bernstein; the other produced by Dave Grusin. Darryl was the pianist and musical director for "In Performance at the White House–The Singer and the Song," a PBS Special. He has worked with Quincy Jones, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, O.C Smith, Nancy Wilson, Carly Simon, Korn, Laurie Anderson, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Cristina Aquilera, Natalie Cole, Peter, Paul & Mary, George Benson, Burt Bacharach, Luther Vandross, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gerry Mulligan, Patti Austin, Bobby McFerrin, among others. Darryl has sung in Spanish with Mexico's legendary Juan Gabriel, in French with superstar Patricia Kaas, and in Japanese with jazz great Katsumi Horii.
Darryl's new release for Bluewater Recordings is a 4 song EP entitled "My Daughter".