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Daryl Coley


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A native of California, Coley was born in Berkley, Califonia in 1955 and raised in Oakland, California where he spent the bulk of his developmental years influenced equally by his upbringing in the African-American church and his vocalist mother’s love for Gospel, classical and jazz music. His teenage years were filled with vocal and instrumental training in school bands and regional choirs, and by the time he entered college his talent as a singer and keyboardist was widely recognized. In 1977, Coley’s unique musical presence earned him the opportunity to perform with the legendary Hawkins Family. As a singer with Edwin Hawkins and later a songwriter and musical director for Tramaine Hawkins, Coley began to establish a name for himself on a national level. Lead vocal appearances on several high profile albums with Hawkins family and with James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America led to Coley’s solo debut, “Just Daryl”, in 1985. The string of award nominations and chart-topping albums has never ceased. Daryl Coley has worked with some of the music industry’s most talented artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Richard Smallwood, and Philip Bailey. He has recorded a landmark collection of more than 100 studio performances, yet his greatest impact in the Gospel marketplace has always been the strength of his live performances.

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  • mikette22

    This Christan Brutha' has been a spiritual instrument for a very very long time and my spirit is blessed every time I get the pleasure of hearing him. " Keep lettin' HIM Use Ya DARYL" !!!!

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Showbizkids

    Most people have heard Daryl Coley sing and don't even realize that they have! That was Daryl singing the National Anthem for the Simpson's character "Bleeding Gums Murphy" in an early episode where the Simpson family attended a Springfield Isotopes baseball game.

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • quietlistner

    i heard a preacher say "i don't care for daryl coley"

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • musicdish

    Daryl Coley fans should also check out Desmond Pringle - more excellent gospel music!

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • lavacia8

    His music touches you from inside out. You almost feel as though you are right in front of him singing his praise to you.

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
  • warmbrown

    Daryl Coley has an awesome voice. I feel the spirit when I listen to he's preparing me.

    28 Dec 2007 Reply

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