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Darren Criss is a passionate actor/musician/songwriter who has—in the course of one year—gone from YouTube sensation to a 4-time Billboard charting musician and composer to joining the cast of FOX's Emmy® Award-winning series Glee. He currently stars as Blaine Anderson, a charismatic and openly-gay student from a rival glee club, the Dalton Academy Warblers. Criss’ breakout performance of Katy Perry's “Teenage Dream” in his first episode set a milestone for Glee, debuting at #1 on Billboard for the first time in the show’s history and selling over 200,000 tracks in its first week.Read More...
Quickly emerging as one the most promising actors and musicians of his generation, Criss made his television debut in 2009 as Josh Burton on ABC’s Eastwick, with Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray Newman, and also appeared in CBS’ Cold Case.
Growing up in San Francisco, Criss played a variety of instruments including violin, guitar, piano, and drums. He played drums in a small band with his brother Chuck (now member of indie band Freelance Whales) before he went on to pursue his acting degree at the University of Michigan.
In his senior year of college, Criss and his friends created a Harry Potter musical parody entitled, A Very Potter Musical as a fun project for their classmates, friends and other Harry Potter fans. Along with starring as the boy wizard himself, Criss also lent several of his songs to be used in the show. Within weeks of posting the musical online, it became a YouTube hit, garnering millions of views and musical theater-world attention.
Using A Very Potter Musical as a springboard, Criss and his writing partners started StarKid Productions. Within a year, they wrote and produced subsequent online hits, Me and My Dick and A Very Potter Sequel, the latter of which he wrote all the music and lyrics for. As a result, the StarKid brand has grown to become just as popular as the shows themselves, spawning an enormous cult following from all over the world.
Having recently established their home base in Chicago, StarKid Productions will release their next original musical comedy in February. Entitled Starship, Criss will again be fully responsible for the music and lyrics.
Criss and StarKid Productions debuted on three separate Billboard charts – through three separate releases – all within the past year. These include the #11 spot on Billboard's Top Cast Albums with their cast soundtrack for the original musical “Me and My Dick,” along with the #19 spot on the Top Compilations chart for “A Very StarKid Album,” and the #30 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart with Criss’ self-released EP “Human.” With much success on the music charts, Criss has defied what many try to achieve under various music genres. “Human” was released as an acoustic collection of 5 original songs, differing greatly from the more Broadway-esque music found on “Me and My Dick” and the pop-rock stylings featured on “A Very Starkid Album.”
When not writing music for StarKid, he continues to write music for himself as an artist, and pending time and availability intends to begin work on a long-anticipated full length studio album. As a songwriter, Criss has been able to draw from his life, relationships, loves, and quirky outlook to pen heartfelt, tender, and raw songs—all of which range from the styles of soul, folk, rock, jazz and even classic show tunes.
Criss made his professional stage debut at the age of ten in 42nd Street Moon's 1997 production of Fanny, in the role of Cesario. The next year, Criss played Mauro in the Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim musical Do I Hear a Waltz?, followed by Babes in Arms in 1999, in which he played Beauregard Calhoun.
Check out the trailer for Girl Most Likely starring Kirsten Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, and Darren Criss. In theathers July 19, 2013.
Listen Up! Darren is officially working on a full length solo album, and he wants to give you the first opportunity to hear the new songs! He will be going on tour this summer with a full band and is inviting you to get tickets to the party early! He'll be visiting 16 cities to preview these new songs and performing some of your favorites from HUMAN EP, STARKID shows, and GLEE.
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- LyricsI've been alone
Surrounded by darkness
I've seen how heartless
The world can be
I've seen you crying
- LyricsSay, wasn't that a funny day?
Gee, you had a funny way--a way about you.
A kind of glow of something new.
Sure--I'll admit that I'm the same.
Another sucker for the game kids like to play,
- LyricsI feel like a loser
I feel like I'm lost
I feel like I'm not sure if I feel anything at all
But believe me, I'm not helpless
I just need someone to love
- LyricsI've seen her face
I've heard her name
I've lost my place and she's to blame
And I can't stand it
When I'm staring in her eyes
- LyricsI hate where I'm at
Acting crazy like that
I know that I've been wrong
It's something I've been working on
And I don't know what to do
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