Darius Campbell-Danesh (19 August 1980 – 11 August 2022) was a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and film producer. He first gained fame in 2001 after appearing on the British talent competition Popstars. A year later he was voted to the finals of the TV talent show, Pop Idol. He turned down Simon Cowell’s record deal, then signed with producer Steve Lillywhite.

Campbell performed the role of Billy Flynn in the West End production of Chicago in two runs of the musical. He played the lead role of Sky Masterson in the Olivier Award-winning Guys and Dolls, and the originating role of Rhett Butler in Sir Trevor Nunn’s theatrical adaptation of Gone with the Wind.

In 2010 he trained with tenor Rolando Villazón, won the ITV competition Popstar to Operastar and performed a duet with Villazón on The Impossible Dream. The UK’s biggest operatic production was the occasion of his operatic début, at The O2 arena with the Royal Philharmonic, in Carmen. At age 29, he assumed the lead role of Escamillo, Carmen’s lover. Also in 2010, he starred in The History of the Big Bands tour, a show which takes the audience on a musical journey through the Big Band and Swing era.

Campbell released five studio albums and had several top 40 singles in the UK, including his cover of “When You Believe” which reached number four in 2004. After his death in 2022 at aged 41 years, Darius’ debut single “Colourblind” charted again in the UK, reaching number two on both the UK Official Singles Download and Sales charts.

Darius Backing Tracks

Colour Blind …  Girl In The Moon …  Incredible … Live Twice … Rushes …

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