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Darelle Holden is a silky smooth songstress with deep musicality. Pop Diva, R&B Powerhouse, and Jazz Siren all apply to her unique and diverse vocal styling. Darelle toured Internationally for 17 years with superstar Sir. Tom Jones, ala, “20 Feet from Stardom” and along with her constant touring schedule she’s made countless appearances on Dancing With the Stars, The Tonight Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and the list goes on. Darelle also performed the duet “I Wanna Get Back With You” with Sir Tom Jones. Darelle's distinctive vocals can also be heard on the Tom Jones classic “Leave Your Hat On” which is featured on “The Full Monty” motion picture soundtrack.
If this isn’t enough Darelle has been honing her craft in recording studios and touring, gaining a reputation as an intelligent songwriter and dynamic performer. With a sweet melodic sensibility, and a soulful singing style, she attracted the attention of the most celebrated in the business. Darelle has performed with extraordinary talents such as Earth Wind and Fire, Bobby Caldwell, Ellis Hall, Elton John, Jazz guitarist Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, and most recently Stevie Wonder.
The Holden family is one of the cornerstones of Seattle’s musical history. Darelle’s grandfather, Oscar Holden, is often called the patriarch of Seattle jazz, and was one of the earliest of Seattle, Washington’s influential jazz musicians. Featured on the cover of Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle
Oscar’s sons were also important and influential in the music scene in Seattle. Dave Holden, Darelle’s father, is one of the most respected musicians in Seattle’s music history. Her uncle Ron Holden was a Billboard charted hit maker in the 1950’s and uncle Jimmy Holden is still on the scene playing and singing.
Darelle grew up in Redmond Wa. Studied music with local legend Frank DeMiero of Soundsation Vocal Jazz fame in Edmonds Wa. then moved to Boston, Mass to attend Berklee College of Music . After graduating Darelle moved to Los Angeles and began singing in clubs and recording studios. “That’s when I started meeting all the players. I met great musicians who were touring all the time”. Musicians such as Gary Bias (Anita Baker) Dio Sausito (George Benson) Robbie Nevil ("C'est la Vie") Kevin Chokan (Chaka Khan/ Diana Ross) Land Richards (Gladys Knight/ Randy Crawford/ Michael Bolton) Sheldon Reynolds (Earth Wind and Fire) and the list goes on and on and on. This is how you hear about auditions in L.A. That’s how Darelle got her first world tour, with Milli Vanilli. Yep, you heard it.
Darelle was also a pop idol in Japan. In the late 80’s she auditioned for a music producer in Hollywood who was looking to put together a group with an existing teen idol in Japan. She got the gig but didn’t realize the girl she was working for was famous. “I went for the adventure, the travel, the experience and the money. I didn’t realize the depth of my decision until I got there.” “Ramu,” the bands name, may not be the shinning moment in musical development but they were an instant teen idol success including screaming fans, a No. 1 hit and all the craziness that goes along with the teen idol machinery.
After Japan back to L.A., clubs, international tours with Milli Vanilli and then landing the Tom Jones gig. She had no idea it would last 17 years. From L.A Darelle moved to Las Vegas because touring over 200 days a year Vegas was a stopping point for the TJ tour 5 times a year.
After the Tom Jones gig she wound her way back to her hometown of Seattle where she currently resides.
Darelle started her Motown tribute band 313 Soul in 2015 which performs regularly at Bake’s Place in Bellevue WA. Another of Darelle’s bands, Plus+One, is also featured at Bake’s Place Thurs. nights. Darelle is also a member of Nearly Dan.
Paul De Barros, Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 1993)
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