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master’s level jazz graduate from the University of Northern Colorado, Canadian born saxophonist Darren Rahn at the age of 37 has already achieved more than most musicians dream possible.
As one of the smooth jazz genre’s hottest producers, Darren has dominated the Billboard and Radio and Records (R&R) charts over the past few years. He recently had three consecutive 1 productions on the coveted R&R smooth jazz chart, holding the 1 position with three different artists (Dave Koz, Eric Darius, & Tim Bowman) from September all the way through the end of 2008. That’s 14 consecutive weeks at 1! During that time, Darren held the top three chart positions for several weeks and had as many as four songs in the top 10 at the same time.
Rahn began working behind the scenes in the mid-90s producing and programming tracks for other artists. It was his work with Wayman Tisdale in 2004 on the 1 single, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” that would bring Rahn to the forefront of the music industry. “Until my work with Wayman, I remained pretty much behind the scenes,” said Rahn. Rahn continued to work in the studio with Tisdale and an assortment of other smooth jazz heavy hitters. These relationships would prove pivotal in the launching of his solo career and enabled him to quickly move from behind the console to the stage.
By 2006, Rahn co-headlined in Catalina along-side Brian Culbertson and has toured with Tim Bowman, played with leading acts like Wayman Tisdale, Eric Darius, Kim Waters and Greg Karukus. In 2007, Rahn signed with nuGroove Records and released his debut CD, Once in a Lifetime. Integrating his solo career with his producer side is something Rahn juggles with ease. “I balance it pretty well.