Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The voice behind the Garden

Back in 1993 Daniel Jones placed an add in an Australian newspaper holding auditions for a vocalist for his 5 piece band, Red Edge, Darren Hayes responded and was immediately asked to join.

In June of 94, Daniel and Darren split Red Edge and pursued a career on their own as Savage Garden (taken from Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"). By the end of the year, they had written enough songs together to make a demo which they started shopping around.

By 1995 they were in the studio recording their first CD and by 1996 they released their first single "I Want You" which went to number 4 in the US and Australia and became one of the biggest selling Australian singles of the year.

Another couple of chart-toppers later ("To The Moon & Back" and their signature song "Truly Madly Deeply" which spent 123 weeks on the charts!) and one more studio album ("Affirmation" which spawned another mega hit "I Knew I Loved You" that broke their previous record spending 124 weeks on the charts), the duo had split in 2001 and Darren had begun working on his solo efforts.

Darren's first CD "Spin" (and first single "Insatiable"), while doing well in the UK failed to meet the expectations of his record label and after his second CD "The Tension & The Spark", Darren and the label parted ways.

Since then Darren has just recently started his own label, Powdered Sugar, and released his first CD on it "This Delicate Thing We've Made", which on it's own is an amazing double disc effort. I highly recommend it!

The first single was "On The Verge Of Something Wonderful" and the second single "Me, Myself & I" unfortunately failed to make any waves in the US but it's the song "Step Into The Light" (here given a wonderful re-rub from Tony Moran) that is really the stand-out track.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Darren Hayes - Step Into The Light (JM's Tony Moran Radio Edit)

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