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    Darren Criss

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    Genre:Pop, Ethnic/Folk, Indie
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    Don't You lyrics
    2To Dance Again lyrics
    3Muse lyrics
    4I Still Think lyrics
    Stutter lyrics
    6Jealousy lyrics
    7Cho Chang lyrics
    8Teenage Dream lyrics
    9Hopelessly Devoted To You lyrics
    Not Alone lyrics

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    Human [2010]


    Darren Criss is a passionate actor/singer/songwriter who has gone from YouTube sensation, to 3-time Billboard charting musician & composer, to joining the cast of FOX's emmy award winning series, GLEE, in the course of one year. While the producers are keeping quiet about the future of his character on the show, we do know that he plays the role of a charismatic gay student from rival Glee club, the Warblers, named Blaine. Blaine is the new love interest of Kurt (Chris Colfer). This relationship has inspired scores of fan produced fiction speculating future happenings of the relationship and the like.

    In his senior year of college, Darren and his friends from the University of Michigan created a Harry Potter musical parody called "A Very Potter Musical" as a fun project for their classmates, friends and other Harry Potter fans. Along with starring as the boy wizard himself, Darren also lent several of his songs to be used in the show. Within weeks of posting the musical online, it started to become a YouTube sensation by garnering millions of views, and sparked a rather substantial cult following. Using this show as a springboard, Darren and his writing partners from Michigan started the company StarKid Productions, and he has completed work on two new shows in the past year as an actor and composer, with a new musical currently in pre-production slated for 2011. The company itself has an impressively large and devoted fanbase online, with roughly 20,000 Twitter followers and over 70,000 Facebook fanpage members.

    This loyal fanbase has helped Darren and StarKid debut on three separate Billboard charts-- through three separate releases-- all within the past year. These include the #11 spot on Billboard's Top Cast Albums, with their cast soundtrack for the original musical "Me and My Dick," along with the #30 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart with his self released EP "Human," and finally, the #19 spot on the Top Compilations chart with "A Very StarKid Album."

    With so many different categories, Darren's success on the charts has defied typical genre gaps. The EP, "Human," was released as a low-key, acoustic collection of 5 original songs, differing greatly from the more Broadway-type music found on the "Me and My Dick" soundtrack, not to mention the pop-rock stylings featured on "A Very Starkid Album," which consisted of 13 popular songs featured from various StarKid projects (all of which Darren wrote).

    As a child, Darren played a variety of instruments including violin, guitar, piano, and drums. Growing up, he played drums in a small band with his brother, Chuck, until Chuck moved to New York and joined the popular indie band, Freelance Whales, while Darren went on to pursue his acting degree in the midwest. As a songwriter, Darren has been able to draw on his life, relationships, loves, and quirky outlook to pen heartfelt, tender, and raw songs-- all of which range anywhere from the styles of soul, folk, and rock, to jazz standards and even classic show tunes.

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