Darren’s professional career kicked off in 1995 when he won the inaugural Trans-Tasman Entertainer Of The Year on Norfolk Island. He then went on to take out the prestigious Toyota Star Maker Quest in 1996, charting a course as a successful recording artist within the Australian Country Music Industry.
In January 2001 Darren was awarded his first Golden Guitar at the Toyota Country Music Awards of Australia. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Darren was awarded the Centenary Medal – “For Services to Australian Society” in 2003. This same year, he released his second album, Balancing Act, for which he was awarded Australian Independent Male Vocalist of the Year. 2008 saw Darren release his fourth album, War Stories, a moving salute to the ANZACS for which he was awarded his second Golden Guitar.
Darren has been equally as comfortable in musicals and on screen having toured Australia extensively playing roles including Richie Cunningham in Happy Days the Arena Mega Musical 1999, Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine in Grease – The Mega Musical 2001-2002, Col Joye in Shout – the musical of the Wild One 2003, understudied John Farnham as Teen Angel in Grease – The Arena Spectacular 2005 and the lead role of Dad in the world premiere production of John Williamson’s musical Quambatook, 2008. Darren’s on screen credits include hosting Foxtel’s Out & About – The Great Aussie Pub Tour, the award winning Channel 7 drama All Saints2001/2004/2005 and currently as a presenter on Sydney Weekender for Network 7.
Darren kicked off 2010 by performing to a sold-out concert hall at The Sydney Opera House in his highly acclaimed production Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story. Peace Train continued to inspire, playing to standing ovations and critical acclaim as it lapped the country throughout 2012, 2013 & 2014, playing every major theatre in Australia. 2015 saw a very special Valentine’s Day performance at the State Theatre in Sydney and in September, Darren & Peace Train played the grand Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand.
In May 2015, Darren continued his close association with The Sydney Opera House as he presented ‘Country Kids’ for the highly successful Babies Proms series for Christine Dunstan Productions.
Most recently Darren was awarded ‘Male Artist Of The Year 2016’ at the Australian Celtic Music Awards in Glen Innes.