Behind the heartbreaks and life altering moments is a man, guitar in hand, strumming away, soothing the stuffy air of a crowded venue with his harmonica, singing a song for the person who meant the most to him in life - his father, who Darren lost after a battle with cancer.
Darren Zancan grew up in a musical household where he started singing at the age of 3. He would perform anywhere he could - church, on stage or in his house. His passion to entertain people was evident from a young age, and it drove him toward not only music, but TV and the big screen.
He’s already achieved great success, opening for the likes of Candlebox, Tyler Hilton (One Tree Hill, Walk The Line) and Brett Scallions (lead singer of Fuel). He’s performed at Seacrest Studios, founded by Ryan Seacrest, and headlined shows at Hard Rock Nashville and Chicago.
In 2007, Darren joined the set of “Days of Our Lives,” after winning the reality show “I Wanna Be a Soapstar.” He played the character Justin, a forensics analyst. He's appeared in several commercials, TV shows and movies. He was also the spokesmodel for Dawahare's Department store.
In 2008, Darren was dealt the hardest hand in his life - his father, Paul, who was his best friend, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Darren immediately turned to the only thing he knew, which was his guitar. Out came the song “Table for One,” a tribute to his father. His father’s death in 2009 was a wakeup call for Darren. They had a common love of music. A fire was lit inside Darren, musically, and from that moment he knew it was time to pick up the guitar and share his dad’s legacy, but also build a musical legacy for himself. Music was not a hobby, but a calling, and his dad’s passing became an inspiration for Darren to take his music even more serious.
In October of 2015, Darren along with his band (Ben Fabert, Clint Edwards) started recording his country-debut album “This Life” at the world famous Black Bird Studio in Nashville. Blackbird is owned by country star Martina McBride. Joining Darren’s band on the album includes Chris Rodriguez (Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson), Blair Masters (Garth Brooks) and Matt Pierson (Ben Rector, Jeremy Camp, Big & Rich). “Hold You So Tight” is the first single off the upcoming album.