Who IS Darrell Harwood?
A hard working common man? A natural born entertainer?
Darrell Harwood is both.
Darrell was born and raised in the small town of China Grove, North Carolina
- where he still lives today - and was already working as an electrician before
graduating South Rowan High School in 1990. As for “hard working,”
Darrell’s drive and determination earned him a job with Carolina Products,
Inc. a company that manufactures custom electrical panels, where he quickly
became Lead Production Manager. This same drive and determination carried
over to his love of entertaining. He is considered by all to be a very talented
and valued member of the community.
Darrell’s life as a successful entertainer and singer is outshined only by his
first love: being a husband and father. He married his wife Karen in 1996,
and they share the joy of their two daughters, Tayler 12, and Sarrah, 9.
Nothing is more important to Darrell than his family.
The “show biz bug” bit Darrell early. In the ‘70’s, his father played in a local
band he called the “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company
that booked local dates. Occasionally, Darrell would go out with his dad and
get up and sing a couple of songs. Soon Darrell’s performances created a
buzz and people started booking him for private shows. He grew more
comfortable performing, and bands began to approach him. A bittersweet
twist of fate eventually brought Darrell to where he is today.
In late 2009, Darrell’s brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. A benefit
concert was arranged and Darrell performed at the show, along with his
father and a few close friends. The overwhelming success of that concert
proved what people had been saying all along: Darrell Harwood is a natural
born entertainer. After this single benefit concert, it became evident that
Darrell was meant to perform. He immediately began to form his band and
Darrell took his father’s “Cool Water Band” name and recruited players with
decades of experience and personal ties. These talented performers support
the fast-paces, high-energy style that has earned Darrell the reputation of
powerhouse performer. Also know as the “CWB” band, this close - knit
family of musicians are not only great players, but great friends. Their
support resulted in Darrell’s new CD of five original songs written by Darrell
and several band members.
Demand for and attendance at CWB concerts continues to rise, and they are
now sponsored by Budweiser distributor RH Barringer. Darrell and his band
currently play approximately 100 shows per year. Darrell consistently plays
to sell out crowds in established markets, and frequently opens for national
recording artists including Easton Corbin & Jason Michael Carroll.
True to his roots, Darrell always makes an effort to give back to the
community through his music. Since that first benefit show for his brother-inlaw,
Darrell has played several shows every year for charitable benefits. Some
shows are for people with special needs and some are for organizations.
Darrell has committed to performing every year at Relay for Life and Main
Street Missions Food Bank concerts.
So, who is Darrell Harwood? He is your average everyday working man who
happens to be an extremely talented singer and high energy entertainer. His
personal work ethic and integrity spill over into his music, allowing him to
connect with his fans in a very special way. His magnetic personality and easy
going ways draw people into his performances.
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