Darren McCrae grew up in Broken Hill and achieved a trade certificate in painting and decorating and sign writing at the zinc corporation. He enjoyed a passion for sport and the arts and his mother Claire McCrae OAM was a highly commended Australian classical singer.
Darren spent a year as a footballer in the SANFL at West Adelaide and was also a forward scout at North Adelaide for two seasons and a forward scout/talent scout on the senior match committee at Woodville West Torrens. He also worked as a forward scout for Denis Pagan at North Melbourne and Carlton.
In 2008 Darren sang his original work ”Grand Final” at the SANFL Grand Final in front of 34,500 football fans at AAMI Stadium. His work “On Anzac Day” and the Australian National Anthem were performed before a crowd of 9,300 football fans at Glenelg’s Glideral Oval where Glenelg played Adelaide Crows state league on Anzac day 2014.
Darren began writing songs in the 1990s. It wasn’t until he had settled in Tanunda that Darren began guitar lessons with the advice of Tanunda musician and producer Simon Marschall, and began recording his music at Marschall recordings. In 2008 Darren recorded his Australian rules Anthem “Grand Final” that was performed live, later in the year at AAMI Stadium.
World boxing title-holder Daniel Geale used Darren’s song “The Real Deal” as his walk up song at the IBF middleweight world fight in 2010. The song was broadcast to Main Event and Fox Sport worldwide.
Camp Gallipoli CEO, Chris Fox, announced on Adelaide radio 5AA that Darren’s song “On ANZAC Day” would be the Anthem song for Camp Gallipoli’s ANZAC centenary commemorations in 2015.
I sing and write about what I see and do and how it makes me feel.
My paintings inspire my songs and my songs inspire my paintings. Australia and Australians are all inspiring. I love this place.
I’ve become an artist who makes music and fine art - that’s what drives me, that’s what I do, I’ve become a true artist “The Real Deal”.