We had the good fortune of connecting with Darbi Shaun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darbi, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Simply, because of all of the songs that have moved my soul. The ones that had magic running through them. That made me want to dream and feel and write honestly. I wanted to create things that could possibly do the same for someone else. Because the feeling of singing songs is something I never fell out of love with and something I still want to hold close in my life.
My mom had a VHS tape of Shania Twain music videos and three year old me would dance in front of the TV copying everything she did. I guess I was just always drawn to music. Strumming my dads guitar on the couch as a kid turned to learning a few chords and strumming my own first attempts at songwriting when I was 13. That turned to booking shows and releasing songs and moving to Nashville a few years ago. The dream to turn that love into a career is still on my heart, so I’m still chasing it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I hope my art is always filled with my stories. I want it to feel genuine. I want it to meet you where you are or where you’ve been. I want you to hear your own stories in it.
I think with music I’m most proud of myself for making the move to Nashville. Leaving home and family and friends for a new city where there were only a few familiar faces hasn’t been easy for me and I’m proud that I’ve stuck with it and given a place with so much opportunity a chance.
I am most excited about the music I have coming out soon. I am releasing my next single on August 27 and there will be more singles to come over the next year! I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!
Mostly I’ve learned that just because something takes time doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Doubt and comparison is natural but you can’t give either one too much power. It is better to follow your own passion and path than to completely alter your own vision for someone else’s or for something more trendy and popular. Do what’s in your heart and remind yourself why you love it. Come back to what made you want to start in the first place. These are things I have to relearn and remind myself all the time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my Nashville friends were visiting Houston there would be a lot I would want to show them.
First, there is a Whataburger at the airport. A number 13 with a sweet tea and spicy ketchup is needed immediately upon crossing the Texas state line. Tex-Mex will be happening at least 4 days out of the week. Fish tacos and a frozen sangria/margarita swirl from Ramero’s and queso from Soto’s. If it is crawfish season we would need to go to Hanks.
They would need to pack their boots because I would take them two-stepping at a dance hall. Then we are road tripping up to College Station for an Aggie football game (gig em!) because there’s nothing like it. On the way of course we are stopping at Buc-ee’s. I know it’s a gas station but it’s not just a gas station, you have to see it. This is not a tourist destination, but I need to stop by HEB (it’s a grocery store) because they have the best spicy guacamole. and lots of Texas shaped food. We’ll listen to red dirt music and drink Shiner beer and hang out on my parents’ back porch.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s not enough room on this page to recognize every person who has supported and encouraged me. My family has never blinked an eye when I told them what I wanted to do. They usually dream bigger than I do. They always say “when” not “if” when they talk about possibilities for my career. They’ve always been there for me 100%.
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