Darren Parry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

After a long 15 months of lockdown here in the UK and indeed across many parts of the world, who doesn’t want to be on a beach, swimming in the warm ocean, having a drink in hand, driving along in their car, listening to great music (with the top down), having some fun and laughter and spreading some positive vibes and… maybe falling in love? Well, the brand new single from Welsh multi-award winning singer/songwriter Darren Parry, conjures up all these images!

“Summer Of Love” is a song co-written by Darren and Welsh singer/songwriter and ex Jesus Christ Superstar lead… Steve Balsamo. Both have attracted much success over the years. Darren’s achievements include… 2004 UK Songwriting Champion (beating 6000 entries from around the globe), 2014/2016 USA Song Of The Year runner up (judges included Gwen Stefani, Don Henley and Phil Collins), 2019 ISSA Awards International Male Vocalist Of The Year and multiple other awards from Billboard and Unisong, to name but a few! Darren has co-written songs with hit songwriters like James Warren (The Korgis, “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime”), Dazzle Music (Charlotte Church) and many others.

Steve Balsamo is known to many for portraying Jesus in Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, forming the band The Story’s (who supported Elton John and Celine Dion) and being one part of Balsamo/Deighton. Steve has also co-written songs for Slash, Meatloaf and Cliff Richard, as well as releasing his own sweet Americana/Country/Pop blend of songs as a solo artist.

This collaboration between two great Welsh singer/songwriter’s see’s them catalysing an upbeat, sultry, hook laden, driving, Country/Rock/Pop track into a very radio friendly 3 min 43 secs; perfect for the summer months ahead! In addition, with restrictions of lockdowns hopefully easing soon, it will allow people to become themselves again, get out and about, and enjoy life a little more. Darren says… “Steve and I have written several songs during lockdown (via Zoom) over the last year or so and we wanted this song to be upbeat, positive, feel good and have a summer vibe, a total antidote to what we’ve all been through with tough times over the last 15 months. We’re delighted that ‘Summer Of Love’ may be able to spread some positive vibes over the coming summer ahead via the airwaves”.

“Summer Of Love” is out July 4th… everywhere!


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