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‘Family Matters’ Actor Darius McCrary Building Music Career

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Actor Darius McCrary, who rose to fame in the 1980's as ateen star on the long-running ABC sitcom "Family Matters" that also featuredJaleel White in the lead role as super nerd Steve Urkel, has continued toexpand on his impressive filmography, including dozens of movie and televisionroles in the likes of "Transformers," "Saw VI," and the "The Young And TheRestless."

But music is Darius's first love. Darius not only sings, buthe also plays the guitar, piano, harmonica, and percussions, and is a member ofmusical family The McCrarys, who have worked with the likes of Steve Wonder,Chaka Khan, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

With his band The D List, Darius and his brother Donny haverecorded an album titled "The Dissertation Of D" that does not yet have arelease date.

 

 

The D List performed Saturday at the 102.3 Radio-Free BlackMusic Month Summer Jam Session in Los Angeles. Darius played guitar and sang lead on theirsong "Changes" which is reminiscent of music from 1970's soul singer Al Green.This particular track mixes a bit of country twang and funk with Darius's husky,R&B vocals.

The storyline is about Darius's tumultuous, TMZ-chronicled relationshipwith his ex, "Confessions Of A Video Vixen" author Karrine Steffans.

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In a video interview with Straight From The A, Dariusdescribed his musical style. "I'm not a hip hop guy. I'm not really too muchinto Gospel," he said. "This is more of music of my soul. I think it has alittle bit of all of that: a little bit of gospel, a little bit of hip hopelements, a little of jazz, some classical."

It was actually through music that Darius was discovered.While attending a record session with his father, Howard McCrary, Darius metChip Fields, the mother of "Facts Of Life" actress Kim Fields. Chip, an actingcoach, took Darius on an audition for the 20th Century Fox film "BigShots." Darius landed the role of Scam.

 

See Darius play snippets of his songs at 7:40 mark in video below:

 

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