International platinum-selling singer/songwriter Darren Hayes of Savage Garden fame who today released his new dance floor anthem “All You Pretty Things” dedicated to the victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting along with the announcement of his new album Homosexual, out October 7th, his first solo record in ten years which is written, composed, and produced entirely by Hayes. PRESS HEREto listen to “All You Pretty Things.” PRESS HERE to watch the lyric video. PRESS HERE to pre-save Homosexual.
Breaking away from the restraints and, as he describes, the ‘controlling image’ of a major label at the beginning of his career, Hayes’ path of self-discovery and reclamation of his truth has been one that fans have been able to see flourish in recent years. With his forthcoming album Homosexual, he is reclaiming a word that was used to shame and vilify. Now, fans and industry alike are introduced to the DarrenHayes who has always been there – yet here, he is at his most vulnerable, most engaging, and most vital.Through each track on Homosexual, Hayes is in confession mode, revisiting his painful teenage years, examining his relationship to his sexuality and reclaiming the experience of surviving a violent childhood and bullying; ridding himself of shame through the lens of queer joy. There’s a deliberate nostalgic musical nod to the safety of the pre-2000’s dance floors and queer sub-cultures that were the soundtrack to his personal coming out story. It’s also a deeply personal insight into relationships at mid-life, set against a musical backdrop of synthwave and post-disco.
Darren recently released the deeply personal single/video “Poison Blood” which articulates his experience with depression and suicide which has received praise from Billboard, People, and ET Canada. PRESS HERE to watch. A dynamic new era for Hayes both sonically and artistically, 2022 marks his 20th year as a solo recording artist as well as the 25th anniversary of Savage Garden’s acclaimed debut, self-titled album. It was significant for Hayes to release “Poison Blood” during world Pride as much of his own struggle with mental health in the past was centered around his own internalized shame around his sexuality as a young person. PRESS HERE to read Darren’s incredibly moving op-ed with The Huffington Post where he describes his experiences living in secrecy at the height of Savage Garden’s fame. “Poison Blood,” written, orchestrated, and produced entirely by Hayes, follows this year’s previous singles: the effervescent “Let’s Try Being In Love” and vibrant club banger “Do You Remember?,” commemorating his return to music after a decade away. Through nostalgic, feel-good dance-pop, the Australian singer is reclaiming his time on his terms, inspiring listeners to do the same and live authentically.
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Savage Garden (Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones) rose to fame in the late 90s courtesy of their hits “Truly Madly Deeply,”“I Knew I Loved You,” and “I Want You.” Since its release in 1997, their self-titled debut album has been certified 12x Platinum in Australia, 7x Platinum in the US, and Diamond in Canada. They are one of only two Australian bands to have ever had two #1 singles in the US and are the reigning record-holders for the longest number of weeks on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay charts in the US for their singles “I Knew I Loved You” (124 weeks) and “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (123 weeks). Savage Garden, whose official YouTube channel has amassed nearly 900 million views, is Australia’s biggest and most successful musical duo. The multi-award-winning songwriter and performer cemented his return earlier this year and will tour throughout the UK and Australia for the first time in over a decade in January/February 2023 with his ‘Do You Remember?’ Tour – 25 Years of Savage Garden, Solo Hits And More. For more information and dates, visit www.darrenhayes.com.
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