SongVault Artist Profile
Florida, United States
General Children's Music
Darrell House is a singer/songwriter/author who currently resides and performs in South Florida. Happily married for 28 years, with 2 adult daughters and 3 grandchildren, he maintains an extremely busy schedule, writing, performing and parenting. Not necessarily in that order.
Born and raised in the Miami Valley area of Southwest Ohio, he was singing in public by the age of six, playing guitar at age nine, and writing and performing professionally before he was fifteen.
Drawn to the coffeehouse scene of the early 60�s, he never lost his affection for the acoustic sounds that, even today, are a regular part of his performance schedule.
After graduating from Middletown High School in 1969, he pursued a career in broadcasting, working at radio stations in Kentucky. Supplementing his income as a radio announcer, he entertained in small clubs wherever he lived, and in 1973, left broadcasting behind to write and perform full time. Moving home to Middletown, Ohio, he proceeded to work throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, finding friends and fans everywhere he played.
In 1975 he moved to Ft. Lauderdale and, except for 2 summers performing in the Cape Cod and Boston area, has been a mainstay on the Gold Coast entertainment scene ever since. He now embraces a tropical lifestyle with gusto. Picture a big man with a big white beard and a Hawaiian shirt. Think Grizzly Adams meets Key West. And you can see from the smile on his face and the sparkle in his eyes he loves to perform.
In 1992, Darrell was recruited as lyricist for a children�s music project that led him in a direction he had never considered. The success of the I Believe in Dreams tape by Robin Page, gave him great satisfaction and the desire to create more material that would be suitable for his own two daughters. The result is the 1997 collection of 12 original songs called Underneath the Cushions on the Couch, and a brand new CD (Aug. 2005) entitled Darrell House� Makes Me Feel Like Singing. Both CDs are full of songs that encourage kids to use their imaginations, set goals and strive to achieve their dreams.
Plans are currently focused on the promotion and marketing of Darrell's music and his children's picture books, Miller the Green Caterpillar and The King of Fish, both illustrated by the extremely talented Patti Argoff. Aside from nightclub performances, where even his children�s songs are now requested on a regular basis, Darrell was a regular performer at the Broward County Librarys� Children�s Reading Festival, and the annual South Florida Folk Festival. He performs regularly in libraries and elementary schools throughout South Florida, as well as shopping malls and at private parties. Multi-faceted, Darrell has also performed on the HBO hit, The Chris Rock Show, and Fox Sports Net used his original song about baseball�s Pete Rose, for a special Hall of Fame feature.