UnCommon Gospel August 2014 - Page 20

Darius Washington Sets The Bar With ‘I Love To Praise’ Have you noticed there has been a steady emergence of young artists who have burst onto the scene, representing the next generation of Gospel mega stars? So many have reported; whether it be Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, or Jonathan McReynolds, these music ministers all share the common trait of impeccable talent coupled with extraordinary anointing. You can now add Darius Washington to the list. This 21 year old Tampa, FL based songwriter, musician, singer and preacher is one of the industry’s best kept secrets. His writing is penetrating, his musicianship is multi-dimensional, his vocal delivery is impassioned, and his anointing is undeniable. Darius Washington’s sound incorporates an inspired fusion of contemporary Gospel, jazz, soulful R&B, and traditional Gospel. His vocal styling instantly draws comparisons to gifted artists such as Grammy™ Award winner Smokie Norful, Jonathan McReynolds, and Dewayne Woods. His impressive vocal ability is equaled by his multi-faceted musicianship which encompasses proficiency on the piano, organ, guitar, bass, and drums. Darius Washington is poised to take his place among the next generation of Gospel mega stars with his latest single ”I Love to Praise”. This bona-fide hit was written by Washington, and produced by Terry & Simeon Baker of Baker Brother’s Music whose credits as producers and musicians include Marvin Sapp, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune, Joe Pace, and Isaac Carree. “I Love to Praise” is a rallying praise anthem with a driving hook that captures listeners through an unashamed declaration of the joy that is found in giving praise to the most high God. BET’s Sunday Best season five finalist/Music World Gospel artist Alexis Spight lends her distinctive sound and impeccable vocal gifting to this blazing track. Personally, I have to add the first time I heard this song… I set it to repeat for over an hour and it ministered to me tremendously! I am excited when I see and hear young folks give God praise, but this young man sets the bar extremely high! UnCommon Gospel was excited to talk with Darius!