If you have spent a few days in Nashville and checked out some shows you will be well aware of the staggering level and depth of song writing talent residing in the city. Some very sadly will never make it as it’s simply not enough to be amazing in a city full of amazing musician’s. You have to be one of those rare talents that can find a level above that to even give yourself a shot in Nashville and I believe in Darbi Shaun we have somebody capable of going a long way. Proud Texan girl Darbi, with an album and an EP already, has some excellent experience behind her and a very cool fact about Darbi is that the first time she played guitar on stage and sang an original song in public was at the famous Bluebird Café. Darbi has only gone from strength to strength since then and is one of the most captivating performers you will come across in any writers round across Nashville.
Darbi has returned with her new single ‘Ghost’. The track opens with the distinctively unique and breath taking vocals that are a trademark of Darbi’s, excuse the accidental pun of sorts but the beautifully haunting sound of her voice is perfect for the feel of ‘Ghost’. I’d love to be a fly on the wall for a writing session of hers because she’s so skilled at pouring her emotions into a heartfelt song with beautifully written lyrics, but she also constructs it all so well and it just gives it that real authentic storytelling feel that makes a good country song so special when you hear it live. I’m a fan of the production on this track too; the instrumental parts of the record are both simple and subtle allowing Darbi’s vocals to take centre stage as they should. Bonus points for the beautiful violin usage too. This stunning ballad from Darbi is a real sign for me that amongst a heavily populated music scene in Nashville that she is going to continue to stand out.
If I was asked for a recommendation of my top 5 songwriters in Nashville then Darbi Shaun would be in that list for sure, I fully expect to see an astronomical rise for her over the next few years.
Article written by Craig Brooks (twitter.com/swindonforever)