Eric Darken
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Eric Darken

Eric A. Darken is an American percussionist, composer, and programmer.


Drawing inspiration from his grandfather, a band leader. Darken began playing drums at age 12, and played timpani and mallets in high school. Darken attended Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, then transferred to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Darken was also a part of the ORTV Richard Roberts television show.[1]

Darken has participated in recording sessions for Bon Jovi, Jewel, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift.[2]

Darken has toured in support of Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Take 6, and Bob Seger.[3] Darken currently tours with Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band.[4]

Darken has written underscores for TV shows, including Dateline NBC, 20/20, Fox Sports, Discovery Channel, NFL Network, and National Geographic, and for the film, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Darken created percussion samples and loops for various digital collections, including the Organic Percussion library of samples, loops, and presets, and the Eric Darken collection for Discrete Drums.[5]


In 2008, Darken won an Academy of Country Music award for Musician Of The Year in the "Specialty Instrument" category.[6]

Darken won the Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Instrumental Album Of The Year in 1996.


Solo albums

  • 1993: A Drummer Boy's Christmas (Warner Alliance)
  • 1995: Cappuccino Afternoon (Unison)
  • 1995: Rhythm of the Night (Unison) compilation
  • 1999: Through the Highlands (Unison)

With The Players

  • 1996: The Players (Warner Alliance)

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  1. ^ Mark Shelton (April 17, 2012). "Eric Darken Interview". Play Music For A Living. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Perone, James E. (2017). The Words and Music of Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Dan Forte (January 1, 2007). "Bob Seger: Face The Promise". Vintage Guitar. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Vaunda Bonnett (August 24, 2016). "Review: No matter the day, fans delight in Buffett show in Burgettstown". Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ staff (January 1, 2006). "2006 Editors Choice". Electronic Musician. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "CAM Awards: 2008". CMT. Retrieved 2017.

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