Darlene Ketchum

Darlene started singing solos in church at the age of 3, and found her musical passion a few years later in the soul, gospel, funk, and jazz music of the 1970’s. The vocal freedom of soul, combined with the rich chords and funky laid-back groove, continue to inspire her songs today. In addition to being a singer, Darlene is an experienced songwriter, arranger, teacher, choral & musical director, and keyboard accompanist.

She performs and collaborates with a variety of artists, singing well-known covers, soul tunes, jazz standards, gospel, R&B, funk, and her original tunes. Darlene is an associate director for the Marcus Mosely Chorale, along with Marcus and Bill Sample, and she also solos with, and composes/arranges for, the choir. She was one of 100 featured artists in the We Make Stuff book, published in 2012, and released her first solo CD, Soul Connections (Extended Edition), in October 2014. Her Christmas song, Joy! Joy to the World, was nominated for the 2013 Word Guild Best Lyrics Award. Her song, “I Will Not Be Shaken,” was nominated for Urban Song of the Year by the 2014 Gospel Music Association of Canada – Covenant Awards.

As a music educator, Darlene designed and directed the music programs and curriculum for the Institute of Music Ministry (IMM) at Pacific Life Bible College from 2003 to 2014. She now teaches Music Theory and Song Writing at two colleges. Darlene has organized and moderated a number of music events, including artist seminars and training, retreats, and concerts. She was part of a team that brought in performing artists for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, organizing concerts in venues across the city.

Darlene loves to connect with, encourage, inspire and empower others whether it is through singing, teaching, mentoring or just chatting about life over a cup of dark coffee…or ice cream! She lives in Delta, BC with her husband, Kelvin, and has two adult children.

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