Eric Darius Releases “DARE 2 DREAM”
ERIC DARIUS, Releases “DARE 2 DREAM” From His Forthcoming Breakin’ Thru Album
For Eric Darius, there are no limitations when it comes to breaking new ground. Internationally known as an elite Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist, Songwriter, Producer, and Performer, Darius recently dropped, “Dare 2 Dream,” the second single from his forthcoming album, Breakin’ Thru, slated for release this summer (2018).
This project is an extra special milestone for Darius as it is his first release via his own
independent label, SagiDarius Music. The title track and debut single for Breakin’ Thru has been a staple at Smooth Jazz radio since its release in the fall of 2017 and has allowed fans to salivate on an exciting up-tempo instrumental while he finalizes what promises to be his most adventurous project to date.
Breakin’ Thru will feature an estimated 10 original songs plus some interludes with co-
production by Darius, Rodney Jones, Jr. (Chris Brown, Mary Mary, Mary J. Blige) and Butta N’ Bizkit (John Legend, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Ledisi). A worldwide tour is also in the works to promote the Breakin’ Thru album.
About his foray into independence, Darius says, “I’m really excited to release the album on my own record label. The timing just felt right. Seeing how the music industry has changed over the years, I thought it was time to take a leap of faith and take complete advantage of the new technology and social media that is now at my disposal – putting the music entirely back into my own hands, giving me creative freedom, and giving the audience and fans a direct experience exactly the way I hear and feel it with no restrictions. Breakin’ Thru is about breaking down all of the walls, barriers and boundaries, and just making good music. It’s not about genres. When you listen to this project, you’ll hear so many elements from Hip-Hop, toR&B, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Funk, and Reggae. I don’t want to be caged or boxed in. The project is a true and honest representation of me as an artist.”
Eric Darius was born in Livingston, New Jersey, raised in Tampa, Florida, and now resides in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of 17, he recorded and released his first album titled, Cruisin’, which laid the groundwork for his seven full-length albums: Night on the Town (Higher Octave Music 2004), Just Getting Started (Narada Jazz 2006), Goin’ All Out (Blue Note Records 2008), On A Mission (Shanachie Entertainment 2010) and Retro Forward (Shanachie Entertainment 2014).
With six highly-acclaimed albums to his discography, Darius continues to rack up some
impressive statistics: Three No. 1 Hit Singles; Eight Top 10 Radio Hits on Nielsen’s R&B/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart; 2004’s Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News Magazine; named 2015’s SESAC Top 10 Jazz Artist of the Year; 2017’s Best Jazz, Saxophonist, Composer, Producer & Musician of the Year Award at the 1 st Annual Citril Starz Awards; with many more milestones and honors to come.
ERIC DARIUS TOUR DATES 2018 [more dates TBA]
March 3 – Cabin Fever Jazz Festival, Dearborn, MI
March 9 – Blue Note Napa, Napa, CA
March 10 – Blue Note Napa, Napa, CA
March 16 – Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL
March 22 – Suite Food Lounge, Atlanta, GA
March 24 – Blue Ridge Saxophone Festival, Maiden, NC
April 18 – Seabreeze Jazz Festival Dinner Cruise, Panama City, FL
April 19 – Seabreeze Jazz Festival After Party, Panama City Beach, FL
April 21- Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City, FL
April 26 – South Jazz Parlor, Philadelphia, PA
April 27 – South Jazz Parlor, Philadelphia, PA
April 28 – South Jazz Parlor, Philadelphia, PA
May 26 – Alumni Weekend Music Mega Fest at Festival Park, Fayetteville, NC
May 27 – Bordeaux Convention Center, Fayetteville, NC
June 10 – Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, Napa, CA
June 29 – San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, San Diego, CA
June 30 – San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, San Diego, CA
July 1 – San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, San Diego, CA
July 13 – Lake Arbor Jazz Festival at Bethesda Jazz and Blues, Bethesda, MD
July 20 – Wonderland of Americas, San Antonio, TX
July 21 – Winter Park Jazz Festival, Winter Park, CO
August 3 – Jazz on the Water, London, England
August 22 – Animal Crackers Jazz Series at Racine Zoo, Racine, WI
September 2 – Low Country Jazz Festival, Charleston, SC
October 5 – Cancun Jazz Festival, Cancun, Mexico
October 6 – Cancun Jazz Festival, Cancun, Mexico
November 17 – Lyman Center, New Haven, CT
December 1 – African American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM