Renowned R&B meets pop sensation Darius Martin is set to release his highly anticipated new single, “Sparks Don’t Fly,” featuring the sensational Latin singer-songwriter Shantal Vella. This powerful and emotionally charged song sheds light on the damaging effects of abusive relationships, offering listeners an intimate window into the emotional toll it takes on two hearts.
Teaming up with the esteemed non-profit, Doorways, and ahead of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Darius Martin is thrilled to amplify awareness and generate funds with his new single, “Sparks Don’t Fly”. Serving the Arlington, Virginia, community, Doorways extends comprehensive support to survivors, providing housing, counseling, court advocacy, and more. With a 24/7 hotline and a robust community outreach program, Doorways stands firmly with survivors. Darius Martin is proud to drive impactful change with this new release.
“Sparks Don’t Fly” blends melodic cascades of percussion with an emotive vocal symphony shared between Darius Martin and Shantal Vella. Over subtle, refined beats, “Sparks Don’t Fly” will immerse you in a lyrically tender narrative, bringing awareness towards domestic violence. Darius Martin admits, “I wanted people who have been in abusive relationships to know they’re not alone.” “Sparks Don’t Fly” is a courageous story of experiencing a heartbreaking connection and losing sight of love.
Darius Martin made the jump to LA from his childhood roots in El Paso, Texas and Alamogordo, New Mexico. He is a multi-faceted creative with a degree from the acclaimed Los Angeles Film Institute. His music tows the line between R&B and pop with decadently abstract sonics reigned in by anthemic hooks. Darius Martin has received acclaim from Earmilk, Lyrical Lemonade, Allhiphop, ThisisRNB and more.
Serving the Arlington, Virginia community since 1978, Doorways creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault leading to safe, stable, and empowered lives. Doorways’ trauma-informed response to intimate partner violence includes a spectrum of fully state-accredited programs and services, from prevention and outreach, to community-based services, to shelter and housing. Doorways meets the needs of each adult, teen, and child they serve with individually tailored support, ranging from one-time crisis interventions to healing journeys which span across the organization’s continuum of care. As a nonprofit organization, Doorways relies on its supporters to help fulfill this mission. Through the generosity of partners and supporters, Doorways is cultivating a culture of safety and respect while providing safety, services, and healing to community members in crisis. Learn more and join the cause at www.doorwaysva.org.
About Darius Martin:
Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and producer Darius Martin pioneers expansive alt R&B music complete with pop-laced hooks and island-drenched soundscapes. Writing about the beauty and struggles found in life, Martin aims to connect with his listeners on a deep level, pouring his own emotions and autobiographical experiences into every release.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Darius Martin spent his childhood in Alamogordo, New Mexico where he took influence from the vastness of the desert. Relocating to Southern California in high school, Martin was an active and serious athlete in his teenage years. Fate though, had a different plan, and when a serious illness sidelined Martin, he began channeling his time into discovering his new passion for music. Influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye, Martin began experimenting with different sounds and genres aiming to achieve a sound that is fresh as it is timeless. The songwriter attended the prestigious Los Angeles Film Institute where he graduated in 2020. His college experience further reinforced his passion and ambition to pursue a career in music. Equipped with the skills developed during his time at the Los Angeles Film Institute, he began recording music professionally.
In 2023, Darius Martin continues to expand his sonic palette and artistry with inventive new releases, captivating a rapidly growing fanbase of avid listeners with his dynamic fusion of genres and masterful lyrical storytelling. Martin’s single “Options” details the whirlwind sensations of a wild romance. Shockingly seductive and sonically imaginative, the songwriter’s rich and textural vocals glide effortlessly over iridescent sonics and penetrating bass. “Some Time” features island waves of echoes and twisted harmonies, with lyrics that muse on longing for someone from a distance. “Bottles” is a confluence of ruminative echoes, suave notes of percussion, and a captivating vocal that paints a glamorous landscape inspired by Los Angeles, while “Secrets” is an intoxicating fusion of island vibes and sultry R&B, creating a track that’s as tropical as it is tantalizing. His single “Sparks Don’t Fly” sheds light on those going through abusive relationships in hopes of showing listeners that they aren’t alone.
Crafting music that deeply resonates with his listeners, Darius Martin takes inspiration from real life experiences and contrasting perspectives to highlight “the good, bad, and in between. I want real life emotions and feelings to be poured out into my music.”