The Darlins, Rocking the Country in Nashville

Jude Toy and Erinn Bates make up one of Nashville’s most amazing duets. With a blend of soulful melodies, a touch of folk, a little edge of bluegrass, and a smooth blend of contemporary rockin country it’s just the right touch of their own special style that makes up the Darlins. Jude started the original group in LA and when she moved to Nashville she began looking for a partner. Her search for the perfect voice ended when she met Erinn and the two knew the rest was history in the making. Currently hosting singer/songwriters showcases, working on their new album, and appearing on Renegade Radio with Kaptain Jack, as well as performing at the Alabama Line showcase weekly, The Darlins are etching a unique spot in the industry of country music. Their style is all their own and not only are they beautiful on the outside but their inner beauty shines through in their music. I had the opportunity to do a Candid Conversations Chat with Jude and Erin. They made me laugh and I discovered some cool and interesting things about one of Nashville’s most beautiful and talented rising duets. Enjoy and stay tuned…. there’s much more to come.

Music City Guide:
What’s the name of your current single (if any) and the title of the album it’s on?
The Darlins:
We are currently working on our first EP and it should be completed in the fall of this year.

Music City Guide:
What’s the weirdest thing you have ever autographed?
The Darlins:
An earring/Matthew Burgess, and our drummer’s head.

Music City Guide:
Who would you like to record a duet with and why?
The Darlins:
Jason Aldean because we love the fact that his songs and his delivery is very rockin’ and we like to think we are that way also.

Music City Guide:
What was the one thing that made your decision to chose a career in the entertainment industry your life’s decision?
The Darlins:
We are not good at anything else. Lol

Music City Guide:
What’s your all time favorite food and do you like to cook or would you rather eat out?
The Darlins:
We both love to cook but love to go out also. It makes it easier to go out and not have to clean up.

Music City Guide:
What’s the one thing you won’t leave the house without?
The Darlins:
Phone for sure.

Music City Guide:
What’s the first song you ever performed in public and where did you perform?
The Darlins:
Jude: The first song I ever sang was a song I wrote called “15 To Vegas” It was a show I opened along with other writer’s for Victoria Williams in Pioneer Town, Joshua Tree
Erinn: The first song I sang in public was “The Sound of Music”. I was the lead role as Maria in the musical. 13 years old. My parents didn’t even know I could sing!

Music City Guide:
What has been the craziest but most memorable moment while on tour or at a show?
The Darlins:
What happens at 12th and Porter stays at 12th and Porter. Lol

Music City Guide:
We all know that fans like to share special gifts. Have you ever had a fan send you a gift, and if so what was the coolest?
The Darlins:
A fan made us some very cool bracelets.

Music City Guide:
A lot of entertainers in today’s industry try to pay it forward to the community when possible. Is there a charity you hold close to your heart and if so why?
The Darlins:
Mending Hearts. We played a show for them last year at Rocket Town and it was very moving. The stories behind many of the women there are truly inspirational.

Music City Guide:
Through out your career you’ve worked with some amazing artists, song writers and performers, if you had to choose just one, who would it be and why?
The Darlins:
Tia Sillars. She is an incredible talent and brilliant writer. We feel like she “got us” and we wrote some killer songs with her.

Music City Guide:
What, if any, advise would you give to aspiring new artist’s who come to Nashville to begin a singing career?
The Darlins:
Keep trying, believing, and never give up.

Music City Guide:
The life of a musician is tough and sometimes it can take a toll on family. How important is family to you and what do you do to keep that bond while being away from home touring?
The Darlins:
It’s being with the right person. Someone who supports you and believes in your dreams. Family is extremely important. God and love of family mean the world to us.

Current Album for the Darlins: Release date is set for fall of 2012

Music City Guide:
What are your current radio or TV projects?
The Darlins:
We had a song featured in the ABC show “GCB” and currently we have songs airing on the Sportsman’s Channel.

Music City Guide:
Is there any special and/or current charities or community work you may be involved in around Nashville.
The Darlins:
We support as many charities as we can but currently we are working with Toys For Tots/Demi/ Mending Hearts/Animal Rescue and Breast Cancer Awareness for ICM’s

For more information on The Darlins check out their new website at www.thedarlins.com and check back with us here at Nashville Music Guide for all the latest news and updates.

About Sherryl Craig 385 Articles
Sherryl is a Senior Writer and Assistant Editor with Nashville Music Guide and her blog, Lyrics N Legends has been featured since 2012. Her articles has graced the cover and have appeared as feature stories in the NMG print edition. She is also a member of WMMW, Women of Music Music of Women, a non-profit organization in support of women in the music industry. WMMW also appears here in Nashville Music Guide.

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