Darren Michael Boyd
(Instrumental Hard Rock/Spooky Surf)
Release Date: October 29, 2021
FFO: Joe Satriani, John 5, Alice Cooper
Darren Michael Boyd has toured and recorded with various artists, including Black Ju-Ju, Creeping Beauty, and Famous Underground (featuring Juno award-winning vocalist Nick Walsh). He was invited multiple occasions to privately audition for platinum-selling artist Fefe Dobson and was asked to write songs for Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric’s side band Beasto Blanco (also featuring Calico Cooper). Boyd received a scholarship to attend a week in Toronto in the summer of 2007 at Guitar Workshop Plus, with some of the best players in the business as instructors (Paul Gilbert/Billy Sheehan/Sue Foley).
He has shared the stage with many classic and current acts such as One-Eyed Doll, Wednesday 13, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stryper, Stitched Up Heart, Beasto Blanco, and Lee Aaron, to name a few. Boyd released his debut instrumental album entitled “Lifting the Curse” in the fall of 2019 as a form of therapy following a life-altering car accident. It was recorded and produced by Darren Michael Boyd, who performed all of the instruments on the album, except on the track “Was is something I said” which features drums by Emily Dolan Davies (The Darkness, Kim Wilde). He brought his instrumental project to the stage for the first time in May of 2019.
In the spring of 2019, he joined the Mississippi Mudds Theatre Group to play guitar for a sold out run of Queens We Will Rock You, which won the Ottawa Faces Award. He hopes to do a lot more musical theatre in the future. In the spring of 2020, he was voted best local musician, and best guitar teacher, in the Ottawa Valley/North Grenville Readers’ Choice Awards.
During the 2020 Covid Pandemic period, Boyd created and released his sophomore solo album entitled Wonders of the Invisible World, along with five self-shot and directed music videos. Three of Boyd’s self-produced music videos from the Wonders of the Invisible world album were nominated for independent film festival awards. Arachnochakra won for Best North American Music Video in the Toronto Alternative Film Festival. Darren was nominated for BEST ROCK ARTIST by the Josie Music Awards, the largest independent music awards show in the world – held at Dollywood in Tennessee.
Darren released a new single called “Spider Jewel” in June 2021, while recording songs for his third solo album “Last Seen in Canada”, which was released in October 2021. Halloween weekend of 2021 saw Boyd’s long-awaited return to the stage! He looks forward to many more performances in the New Year.
Boyd recently released a music video for the song Solitary Green Witch.
Darren Michael Boyd – Ghost Notes
Darren Michael Boyd – Solitary Green Witch
Darren Michael Boyd – Spider Jewel
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