The Darlins - CRUSH (Official Music Video)
“Country music was long held as a man’s world with legends like George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle, and Willie. Then some of the greatest female voices in the world stepped on to the stage and country music was forever changed. There was Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Reba, The Judds, and today….The Darlins.” —Nashville Music Guide
http://www.thedarlins.com- We’re sassy, rootsy and country,” says Erinn Bates. “Let’s just call it bluegrass with a smoky eye,” continues Jude Toy. Separately, Jude and Erinn had won competitions, booked major gigs, and turned many heads on Music Row before they established their duo adventure as The Darlins. The soulful guitar playing and rich harmonies of Jude paired with the rootsy mandolin strumming and the hauntingly-beautiful voice of Erinn makes one hit-making team.
Their unique blend of rocking’ country guitar riffs tinged with bluegrass-infused mandolin and vocals, make this hot female duo a force to be reckoned with on the country scene. Their hippy-chic image, powerhouse songwriting, high energy performances and soulful mountain harmonies elevate these girls high above the rest. Not only are they multi-talented instrumentalists, but their competitive songwriting skills have helped round up a posse of superstar hit songwriters who they have collaborated with over the years including, Tia Sillers (Grammy, CMA, and ACM Award-winning songwriter, I Hope You Dance), Tony Mullins (ASCAP “Song of the Year” winner, How Forever Feels), and the now-late Kim Williams (Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, CMA “Song of the Year” Winner, Three Wooden Crosses).
The Darlins met at the world renowned cosmetic company, Sephora, where both were makeup artists while pursuing music. Erinn, who had just signed a major label deal, remembers seeing Jude at the legendary Bluebird Cafe and being blown away. “I couldn’t believe the songwriting and incredible musicianship of this girl. I thought, ‘I need to be writing with her.” When the Nashville native’s label deal ended, she kept thinking that she needed to be partnering with someone like Jude who had as much drive and ambition as herself. Little did she know, a few months later they would begin a journey together that would change both of their lives.
Erinn traces the genesis of her musical journey back to listening to her sister playing piano as a child. Consequently, she started playing by ear and would engage lessons and a passion for the instrument through her college years. Those same pearl white and black keys were the foundation for Jude. Her mother was a concert pianist who would practice for eight hours a day teaching Jude the classics like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. However, strings called her name in junior high and she has been strumming the guitar and singing ever since. Jude moved to Nashville from the Pacific Northwest to pursue her dream of playing and writing music. After working with chart topping hit men, developing a TV show and building a star-studded network of industry friends, she wanted to start up a duo and immediately thought of her co-worker, Erinn. “I had heard a recording of Erinn and thought her voice was unbelievable. I knew she was a great writer as well, so I reached out and asked if she wanted to work together.”
Since their first performance as a duo, Erinn and Jude have performed all over the nation, gained a tremendous amount of fans and secured endorsements with Breedlove Guitars, Durango Boots, Steve Clayton, Inc., Australian jewelry designer Julie Miles, Capturing Couture and MAC Cosmetics. In 2013, they won the national battle of the bands competition, The 2nd Hourly Gig sponsored by job search site, Snagajob. With over 100,000 votes cast by the public, the people voted The Darlins as their winner and they won the coveted spot to open for superstar country duo, Montgomery Gentry.
Currently, The Darlins are promoting their debut EP Crush, preparing for the launch of their official music video for the title track Crush, and performing all around the country. It won’t be long before the airwaves and the wind will be whispering with the sound of The Darlins: high heels stomping out net-traditional versions of country and bluegrass, like a whirlwind Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, and Dolly.
Label: The Darlins’ Music
ISRC Code: QM54M1500002
Song IPI# BMI# 13999983
Songwriters: Jude Toy / Erinn Bates
Songwriters’ IPI#: SESAC# 395851 / BMI# 469049227
Publisher: Big Hair & Boots / Star of the Siren
Publisher IPI#: SESAC# 418977 / BMI# 590611944