Darnell–Brandon Thomas, Canadian-born with Trinidadian roots is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist known for his energetic, eclectic and emotionally capturing performances. His versatility to sing and play several genres including but not limited to Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Rock, Classical and Latin, is one of the many reasons he is in high demand by many. He has received tutelage from some of the World's renowned vocal coaches like Falconer Abraham (vocal coach to many top Toronto artists like Melanie Fiona, Neverest and Aleesia) and Seth Riggs (vocal coach to some of the world's greatest vocalists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder). Darnell has also done musical work for hit TV Shows like “Glee" and Disney's "Overruled!" and worked with artists like Nelly Furtado and Fefe Dobson. In 2008, he competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts, held in Hollywood, where he won four gold medals and winning the Grand Champion of the World Title - Instrumental category playing the Steel Pan.
Darnell, a role model and philanthropist, has arranged, produced and performed in several charitable concerts in collaboration with UNESCO (an arm of The United Nations) to raise funds for various charities. In 2009, he established the Keys to Dreams Foundation, which provides financial assistance through scholarships to musicians. In 2015, Darnell was invited to audition for The Voice UK & X Factor UK. Darnell currently holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance & Ethnomusicology from York University and is a guest lecturer for the Music Department at York University.
In 2017, Darnell established GTA’s newest and highly sort-after corporate, wedding and special events band, ”D & The Groove Factory”. He also co-founded a youthful vocal group, “Vocalics”, who has made waves in the GTA for their rich harmonies and vocal talents. Darnell materialized one of his artistic dreams becoming the co-founder and co-artistic director of Cue The Lights Productions, focused on shining the spotlight on established and up-and-coming professional singers, actors and dancers in both original and popular shows.
Amid that, he still finds the time and energy to be the Musical Director at The Avenue Roads Arts School in Toronto, give back to the community both local and international and meet the live music demand at several venues on a regular basis.