Darrell Hines has been composing and singing for over 40 years. At 4 years old, he received his first opportunity to perform live when he shared the stage with Mahalia Jackson. From that day forward, Darrell embarked on a musical journey to share his gift with the world. At a young age he and his sister Phoebe toured the country singing at churches and conventions. His parents moved the family to Los Angeles when he was 12 to focus on a music career, which afforded them the opportunity to sing for Bill Cosby’s Christmas Party and the Michael Douglas television show. “Music has been in my life, my whole life,” stated Hines.
When tragedy hit years later, his dream was derailed by an accident that literally cost him his life. While working for an airline company at General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, WI, Hines was struck by lightning and lay dead for 45 minutes. When he was revived, his renewed chance at life provided him with a mandate to minister hope, revival, and a determination to recover from life’s unexpected setbacks.
More than 30 years later, Darrell Hines has remained committed to his love for musical expression. Simply sitting at the piano and giving life to melodies have helped to inspire, replenish, and provide him strength in times of need. In similar fashion, it is his hope that Darrell Hines Live! will do the same for the listener.
His work with such gospel greats as Pastor Marvin L. Winans and multi-Stellar Award winning vocalist Vickie Winans (who recorded his “Everything Will Be Alright”), attests to his musical aptitude. Beau Williams gave national attention to Hine’s “He Wouldn’t Let It Be” when he re-recorded it in 1989.
According to Vicki Mack-Lataillade of Central South Distribution, the driving force of artist development on this project, “I first approached Bishop Hines about doing a solo project in the early ‘90s. Finally the time has come. The Body of Christ is looking for hope and is struggling to stay connected with each other. We believe the musical ministry from Darrell Hines Live! creates an atmosphere which encourages the believer to hold on to each other and find their worth in Christ.”
Darrell Hines says God anointed him to “share my gift of music with the world.” This in part was the inspiration for releasing his first nationally recorded music project: Darrell Hines Live! which yields a phenomenal listening experience. From the upbeat rhythm of “Hold On,” to the soul stirring lyrics of “Worth In Me,” and one of the first two singles, “All I Have,” this project has something for everyone. Songs like the other new single, “You Brought Me,” and “Gethsemane (Not My Will)” acquiesce southern gospel flair while “Heaven (Beulah Land)” is certainly not the Beulah Land of old. The vocals and harmonies are rich, and are certain to draw the listener in and provide an uplifting experience.
“The album is not just good gospel music…” Bishop Hines says, “…Its life-affirming, life-breathing gospel music!” That comes from an artist who knows what it means in a very personal way, all too well.