Singing success: McCartney Darrell is keeping busy as she furthers her musical career. She is in the studio working on new material, performing in a concert next month and planning an international tour. *Photo by Sirkka Huish
Singing success: McCartney Darrell is keeping busy as she furthers her musical career. She is in the studio working on new material, performing in a concert next month and planning an international tour. *Photo by Sirkka Huish
Simply watching McCartney Darrell with all her energy and enthusiasm is enough to make many of us feel tired.

But the popular gospel and R n B singer - who is currently juggling recording projects - says she enjoys nothing more than being busy.

And busy is just what she is as she prepares to make her mark on the local and international music scene.

Former Bermuda Idol finalist Mrs. Darrell is currently in the studio working on new material, performing in a concert next month and also planning an international tour.

The 27-year-old singer says she is "ready and raring to go" with all the musical projects she has lined up.

Creative mind

Not wanting to restrict herself, Mrs. Darrell - who has opened for musicians such as Yolanda Adams, Peabo Bryson and Ce Ce Winans - says she lets her creative mind work over-time.

She said: "I'm taking it to the next level. I feel I'm right on the tip of something really great happening."

Mrs. Darrell will perform in the Women Of Substance concert at Heritage Worship Centre on Saturday, July 4 at 8pm. Tickets are available from the Heritage Worship Centre and Christian Bookstore.

The new album, which has been produced by Myron Brangman, and Steve Easton and John Woolridge from Platinum Studios, features two original songs from Mrs. Darrell. The album has taken a year to produce and features five Bermudian singers including Lauren "Bunny" Easton.

Mrs. Darrell is also working on The Purpose Project Part Two - a gospel album through a variety of styles - with producer Dainavon Tuzo, who runs Daelight Productions.

She's also recording her own album called Where The Truth Lies which Mrs. Darrell says is a "testimony to where I've been" and 'an inspiration to others facing challenges."

The singer is also doing a lot of studio work with Bermudian reggae artist Geneman and the two of them are planning an international tour.

Bermuda Music Festival

Mrs. Darrell is hoping to be part of this year's Bermuda Music Festival, having opened up for Earth, Wind and Fire two years ago.

Mrs. Darrell grew up in Boston, figure skated for 12 years and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

She says her "whole family is involved in music" as her dad is an entertainment lawyer and her mom a singer songwriter. She was even named after singer Paul McCartney and born on Ringo Starr's birthday.

Mrs. Darrell said: "I've always been exposed to music, since I've been three I've been going to Sting, Paul McCartney, Prince, Annie Lennox concerts."

Mrs. Darrell continues to sing at weddings and church events throughout Bermuda. She is also a keen dancer and actress and also enjoys painting. She is currently working on her own acrylics and hopes to host her first art show sometime next year.

Mrs. Darrell is also in the process of opening Bermuda's first performing arts pre-school with her husband Tory Darrell - who she calls her "silent star" for "encouraging and supporting her." Building Blocks Academy, which will be based in the Salvation Army Citadel, will open in September to teach children dancing, singing and acting.

Talking about how many projects she is currently working on, she said: "I am most calm when things around me are insane.

"I really love being busy when I'm loving what I'm doing so much. Every time I wake up, my mind is just full of creative ideas. I just hope I never hit a plateau."

She added: "There are just so many possibilities out there and I'm going to take as many as I can."