Hailing from St. Louis, rising artist Darrein Safron makes music with the chops of an R&B veteran, drawing from classic sounds but bringing them into 2016.

The newest signee to Strange Music, alongside label founder Tech N9ne and Rittz, Safron is currently readying his debut project, The Brilliant EP, due out this spring. If his first single “Bad Gurl” is any indication, listeners will be wise to add him to their radar now.

Safron has logged impressive man hours working on bettering his craft throughout his 20 years. At age 11, he had his first taste of recognition for his talents, appearing on national television, singing Aretha Franklin‘s “Chain Of Fools,” during Showtime At The Apollo.

In the words of label boss Tech N9ne, “If you were born with ears and they work just fine you don’t need to guess why we signed this kid. His voice is so soothing! And he doesn’t just sing, he writes his music and writes for others, that’s a big thing to me. This signing was a no-brainer. We are proud to have him on the team.”