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“Three-Time Grammy Winning Gospel Singer Dorinda Clark-Cole, Teams with Darron McKinney, a Retired Detroit Police Officer (School District) and Gospel Saxophonist, to Release Single “A Call to Courage” on Sept. 11, 2016. McKinney first gained national recognition in 2001, when as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (metro Detroit), he was invited to perform “A Call to Courage” in front of 18,000 people at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Candlelight ceremony in Washington D.C. Trent Lott and Attorney General John Ashcroft in attendance, McKinney (saxophone) and Nichelle Colvin (vocals) delivered a riveting performance to commemorate the lives of the nation’s fallen law officers.”

Don Saint-James Master Media Strategies, Inc. - Song to Honor Heroes of 911, Armed Forces, and Law Enforcement Officers)

“Darron McKinney is one of today's sacred sax players. McKinney's new solo CD, The Breath of God, finds him expressing his religious feelings on soprano, tenor, and baritone sax. A portion of the album’s m.o is jazzing today’s gospel hits, such as “Nobody Greater,” Darius Paulk’s hit for VaShawn Mitchell, Marvin Sapp’s “The Best in Me,” and Mary Mary’s “Go Get It.” McKinney weaves his improvisational motives in, out, under, and around the main melodies that are carried by other instrumentalists or the background vocalists. Incidentally, Luther Jackson’s lead vocal on the album’s single, “Never Alone,” is the album’s standout vocal track. Other album highlights include the Dixieland version of “This Little Light of Mine” and the contemporary gospel choir feel that the background vocalists give “In the Midst.” The traditional sensibility of “Grace and Mercy” is buoyed by a B3 warble. The Breath of God is a smooth way to cool down from a bus”

“. Darron’s deep spirituality is all over this; from the shofarr-esque clarion that opens the spectacular “War Cry”, to the quiet, prayerful refrains on other selections. There’s enough here to get your praise break on, as well as music to accompany prayer and meditation (and I daresay, there’s a tune or two that the hustle and ballroom folks will love). I may do a long”

Marsha Lynn Battle Philpot - http://marshamusic.wordpress.com

“Great music,well produced and very easy to listen to time and time again, I trust that we will hear more from Darron in the near future.”

Terry Neal - 101FM Logan City Queensland Australia.

“Very touching music...perfect for relaxing and meditating to.”

Kenny Wako - Joy Radio 89.6 FM Malawi South Africa

“As a newcomer trying to make inroads into the smooth jazz scene, he's off to an above average start.”

Jonathan Widran - All Music Guide

“His sax playing style will remind you of Najee and George Howard. His sound is crisp and clean, very professional. In addition to Smooth Jazz, he also plays Inspirational and Christian Music.”

Natasha Washington - Jazz Review.

“Darron McKinney is compared to thelate Grover Washington, Jr. by JazzReview.com”