Darrell Luster was born December 10, 1963 in Durham, North Carolina, the youngest of 15 children. At the age of 12, Darrell was blessed with the talent of singing and playing the guitar. He, along with five of his brothers, formed the gospel group “The Luster Brothers.” In the early 1980's, Darrell began playing guitar and singing professionally with the Sensational Nightingales, filling in for one of the group's members who was ill.
In 1984, the lead singer of the Sensational Nightingales, Charles Johnson, left the group to form his own gospel group, “Charles Johnson and the Revivers.” After accepting Johnson’s invitation to join The Revivers, Darrell began what would become to a 10 year career, traveling the United States, performing such inspirational songs as “I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand”, “Sealed Till the Day of Redemption”, and “I Know What Lies Ahead”, just to name a few.
In 1993, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, Darrell ventured into a solo career. He released his first album on the Morning Star Records label titled “Peace Be Still.” His first single from the album “I Believe He Died for Me,” was an instant hit.
In October of 1999, Darrell was hired by Malaco Records of Jackson MS to produce one of its artists--the Sensational Nightingales. This was not only a surprise but was also an honor. Darrell states, “This is the group I grew up listening to and idolizing, that now I am being asked to produce and write songs for.”
Darrell produced two other projects with the Sensational Nightingales, and in January of 2003, became a full-fledged member of the group.
In 2003, The Sensational Nightingales’ released “Songs to Edify,” an album produced by Darrell. This project received the Grammy Award nomination for “Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.”
In 2006, Malaco records hired Darrell as its in house producer; He is responsible for the production of Malaco Records’ “traditional artists.” Darrell was then brought in to collaborate with Malaco on the “Yes! Quartet” campaign, where he wrote, and produced what would become a 2008 Stellar Award nominated project in collaboration with “The Pilgrim Jubilees,” and Slim & the Supreme Angels. The “Yes! Quarter” project also featured songs by “The Sensational Nightingales,” and “Spencer Taylor and the Highway QC’s.
In 2006, Darrell produced a project featuring past and present members the legendary gospel group “The Soul Stirrers,” featuring Leroy Crume, Arthur Crume, Willie Rogers, Eddie Huffman, and Rev. Luther Gamble. This project, “A Soul Stirring Reunion,” was nominated for a 2010 Stellar Award.
Darrell is excited about the impending release of his latest project which features the Brooklyn Allstars. Darrell states, “I am totally overwhelmed at what the Lord is doing through me and can’t wait to see what God has planned for the future.”
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