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Darrelle London finds fans in high places

by Marcia Steyaert, BA'96

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Piano-pop singer/songwriter Darrelle London’s journey from local indie gem to internationally recognized rising artist has involved personal dedication, and a little help from unexpected supporters along the way.

Of the Western alumna, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has written, “We are in love with Darrelle London. She totally hits our sweet spot: female vocalist with a pretty voice singing pretty songs. If you like Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat or Ingrid Michaelson, then you will love her song Understand upon first listen!” Hilton continues to be a vocal supporter of London’s music, exposing it to his millions of readers around the world.

Acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, one of London’s career idols, co-wrote three songs for London’s second album Eat a Peach, released in Canada on April 3, two of which Kreviazuk also produced.

“I had never co-written before and was intimidated by the idea,” says London, BA’07 (MIT ). “But Chantal heard my music and sent me the nicest e-mail, expressing an interest in writing together. I was nervous, but obviously couldn’t say no!”

London has come a long way since performing as a teen in cafés in her small hometown of Acton, Ont., having graced the stage of Hollywood’s Troubadour Club and Lilith Fair. Her music has been featured on MuchMusic, ET Canada,, CBC and PBS and the 90210 television soundtrack (2009) included Understand, alongside tracks by Adele and All-American Rejects.

London’s life experiences provide inspiration for her playful songs. “I get a lot of my ideas when I’m on the road. On Eat a Peach, I write about everything from love and friendship, to bad first dates, to my fascination with RVs.”

Click the play button below to listen to London’s song ‘Fine’ off her latest album, Eat a Peach.

This article appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Alumni Gazette
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