Multi-GRAMMY® nominated duo and Grand Ole Opry members, Dailey & Vincent, are spreading Christmas cheer early this year as they announce, “The Sounds of Christmas,” a broadcast television concert special set for filming Sept. 19 at The Franklin Theatre. During the special, which will be produced by BMG Filmed Entertainment and directed by BMG’s Joe Thomas, Dailey & Vincent will be joined by fellow entertainers, including CeCe Winans and Béla Fleck, as well as additional talent to be announced soon. Click HERE to purchase tickets.
“We are thrilled to bring artists of different genres and backgrounds into viewer’s homes with ‘The Sounds of Christmas’ television special. We’re going to have a diverse talent lineup to represent what Christmas is all about,” Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent shared.
“The Sounds of Christmas” will air while their top-rated “The Dailey & Vincent TV Show” continues broadcasts on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on RFD-TV. Guests include Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys and Tanya Tucker, among many others.
“The Sounds of Christmas” coincides with Dailey & Vincent’s new Christmas record Dailey & Vincent: The Sounds of Christmas. Dailey & Vincent: The Sounds of Christmas, available Oct. 12 from BMG, features Christmas classics and never-before-heard holiday tunes. Throughout the winter season, fans can hear these songs and other Dailey & Vincent favorites live on the Dailey & Vincent’s A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas Tour which kicks off Nov. 24. To check out the full schedule of tour dates, click HERE.
“The Sounds of Christmas,” follows Dailey & Vincent’s 2015 PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert.” The Emmy®-nominated special, taped at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va., has aired over 1,000 times.
CeCe Winans will also release her own Christmas album, Something’s Happening, Oct. 19.
Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Answer: Dailey & Vincent music is an acoustic/country cross, with 4 part harmony, to duet singing with Gospel and folk flavoring. And aside from the singing, we have an award-winning band when soloing will bring you out of your seats. We love to mix in comedy we all have a funny sincse of humor and love to make people laugh and cry at the same time.
Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Answer: Last year was one of most amazing years of our lives, starting out Dec 30 2016 being asked to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry by Country Music Icon Marty Stuart on our 10th anniversary of Dailey & Vincent and our 100th performance on the Grand Ole Opry and not less on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium. March 11, 2017 was our induction by Country legend Jennie Seely, and Folk/Americana icons Old Crow Medicine Show. If that wasnt enough, we recorded season 3 of our Nationally aired TV show every Saturday night 9:30et on RFD-TV.
Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?
Answer: Our latest CD is Patriots & Poets on Dreamlined Records. An all orginal written recording from Dailey & Vincent, we added special guest artiests Bela Fleck, Doyle Lawson, Taranda Greene, David Rawlings and the amazing actor/musician/Comedian Steve Martin.
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?
Answer: Our manager Zac Koffler came up with it, looking over the titles and effort to Write the entire CD, he said you all are Patriots for always honoring our veterans and family’s, and poets for writing all the stories within this CD.
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
Answer: We wrote them all ourselves with friends.
Lamitschka: What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?
Answer: The last CD/DVD we did was a live performance at the Hylton Center in Mannassas, VA. It was a collection of new and old. Patriots and Poets was our first studio recording in a few years.
Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
Answer: My favorite is singing gospel music, lyrics that lift up and tell about our savior Jesus.
Lamitschka: What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the story behind it?
Answer: My favorite was written by Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, I Believe. It talks about three things I live my life for Heaven, Calvory, and Jesus. Jimmy was faced with leaving his home to follow his music dreams, his house sold in 4 days, and while thinking over his move and new life away from his childhood home, he walked out on the back porch and wrote this song.
Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?
Answer: Jamie & I have 100% creative control over all our endevors. We’ve been so blessed to find great partners to team up with who see our vision and desires for great music and pray we contuine to create and team up with awesome companies in the future.
Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
Answer: The first song we ever recorded together as Dailey & Vincent was a Gillian Welch/David Rawlin’s tune called By the Mark. We had no idea what an impact it would make on our carriers and others lives. I remember playing a show and a fan came up and asked for a few moments of our time privately. He began to share driving one Sunday morning listening to Sirius/XM radio and The Mark came on, he felt the pulling of the Holy Spirit so much he began crying and stopped the car, got out and bowed on his knees and rededicated his life to Jesus. Looking in his tear filled eyes we were all crying and rejoicing. Since then, there have been countless testemonies like that over and over.
Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
Answer: I was inspired by my father Johnny Vincent, I think I’m the 4th generation of music. It’s in my heart and soul, I love to play and sing music.
Lamitschka: What do you think about today’s music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?
Answer: Today’s music scene seems very sad to me, auto makers removing CD players from vehichels, record stores closed, sections for music in stores gone, and the traditional entertainers who birthed music and entertainment are all gone as well. I’m not sure the future of music sales and what it’s going to look like in 2 more years. As for recording and musicianship, it seems to be thriving and well.
Lamitschka: What do you think about today’s music industry?
Answer: Today’s music industry is dying out, thanks to technology, it takes less and less people to send music out around the world, live Discjockeys are almost a thing of the past with automation on most radio stations. This is an odd time to be in music sales and the business.
Lamitschka: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Answer: Figure out away to pay the writters/publishers/musicians/artist fairly for the work that’s put in to creating and making music.
Lamitschka: As an artist, you do many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?
Answer: I really enjoy creating in the studio, music recoreded is forever and to create and do your very best is very rewarding to me.
Lamitschka: Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?
Answer: Dailey & Vincent keep stretching ourselves further away from the Traditianl sounds of Bluegrass. It’s for different reasons. 1. Is to compete with the Keith Urban’s of the world, acoustic instruments can not hold up to big productions like his, so we added drums and piano to help fill in the foundation so our vocals and other solo instruments could hold up. 2. Adding a legitimant bass vocal and tenor to our sound has helped the overall sound feel and sound bigger as well.
Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you into the music business?
Answer: I’ve always been in the music busniess, I’ve never had a day job I depeneded on to support my family. From age 2 I’ve been singing and playing onstage.. it’s like the circus…..
Lamitschka: Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?
Answer: I don’t see myself as a star, I’m very blessed to get to sing and play for people all around the world. My entire life friends, family, wife and kids have been very supportive. It’s hills and valleys in this business, you enjoy and learn from each of them.
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?
Answer: Jamie Dailey asked me if I ever thought about starting a band, I said no and Jamie said you need to, infact we need to together and it’s been the best advice and adventure I’ve ever been apart of.
Lamitschka: What drives you?
Answer: Making myself a better musician/singer/entertainer inspires me. I really love watching and talking to others who are so gifted, that’s inspiring as well.
Lamitschka: What’s unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
Answer: I believe we’re genuine and very down-home, both Jamie & I and our band members. Egos are not welcome around us. I would hope others would see that.
Lamitschka: What has been your greatest challenge in the music business?
Answer: Making sure we make good decisions that will keep the best musicians and singers in our group that they all can support their families. Very important to us.
Lamitschka: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Answer: My highlights would be: Our first year out being nominated for 9 IBMA Awards and winning 7 was pretty amazing and being the only ones to win “Emerging Artists and Entertainers of the Year” the same year. Having a cooperate Sponsor with Cracker Barrel old country store and Springer Mountain Farms Chicken was a huge blessing. Having a monthly radio show on WSM and a weekly National TV show on RFD-TV amazing, but the ultimate was being asked by Marty Stuart to become the 213 member of the family to the Grand Ole Opry. We’ve been blessed.
Lamitschka: Any thoughts of retirement ahead?
Answer: Yes, we’ve always agreed in 20 or so years we would get out and let the younger one’s have it. We want to go out while we still have our health and spend time with family.. We will always play the Grand Ole Opry our home.
Lamitschka: Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Answer: I believe we are our biggest critic, were pretty hard on ourself and want to do our best with integrety.
Lamitschka: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Answer: My time off is spent with my wife and 4 children. I love being home fixing what ever the kids have broken, or just going to a highschool or t-ball game, very simple.
Lamitschka: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?
Answer: No, I feel I’ve done my best and am where I need to be. I’m blessed the Lord has had grace and favor on us, I want to keep doing the right things the right way with the best people possible.
Lamitschka: What hopes and desires do you have?
Answer: My hope and desire is to be the best husband and father I can be, treat others with love and kindness, and to always live and represent my savior Jesus.
Lamitschka: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?
Answer: It would be not spending enough time with my family, a carrer will take away the birthday’s, anniversery’s a lot of first’s I would have liked to be apart of.
Lamitschka: Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?
Answer: I would love to play in Russia, and China. I’ve never been there but would like to see how they would take to what we do.
Lamitschka: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
Answer: Lots of music and singing, along with entertainment and laughter.
Lamitschka: When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist?
Answer: Very few times do we get to enjoy our surroundings, I enjoy coming back months later with my wife and enjoying the places I’ve been.
Lamitschka: Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they respect your privacy?
Answer: All our fans are very respectable and never bother us. We’re blessed.
Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
Answer: We have our Official Dailey & Vincent page, along with our personal Instagrams.
Lamitschka: What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?
Answer: How the songs we sing changed their life.
Lamitschka: What message would you like to send your European fans?
Answer: We love you, and want to come visit more often than we do, if you visit the USA, come see us in Nashville, TN at the Grand Ole Opry.
Lamitschka: Most careers don’t last as long as yours. What’s given your career the staying power?
Answer: It’s the Lord, and the wondeful fans that keeps us going. As long as both want to see and hear the music and entertainment we will be happy to travel the miles and work the long hours to bring you the best we have. Thank you for being there for us. Darrin
Grand Ole Opry Stars Dailey & Vincent join an amazing cast in paying tribute to The Man in Black on Johnny Cash: Forever Words. In addition to Dailey & Vincent, the album (scheduled for release April 6) will also feature Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Mellencamp, and more.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — The new season of the popular Dailey & Vincent Show will begin airing on RFDTV on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. EST.
The duo stated “We are excited to kick off 2018 with the launch of brand new episodes of The Dailey & Vincent TV Show on RFD TV. We can’t wait for all of the fans and viewers to see it!”
Since the show began airing, it has consistently landed in the Top 5 of RFD-TV programs every week.
The Dailey & Vincent Show is a weekly 30-minute music, entertainment and lifestyles show that includes special music performances, guest segments, and lots of fun, family humor.
The Dailey & Vincent Show is a Tanasqui Films Production in association with Wildman / Bonior Productions and is Executive Produced by Dailey & Vincent, Zac Koffler of APEX Entertainment Management, and John and Michelle Vickery.
Award-winning duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent celebrate 10 years of eclectic musicianship
Ten years ago, on December 29th, 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent had their first paid gig as a duo with a performance on the Grand Ole Opry. The duo became official Opry members last spring, capping a remarkable decade of building an award-winning career that now encompasses an eclectic mix of country, folk, gospel and bluegrass music along with television and comedy.
Dailey & Vincent occupy a unique space in popular music by forging a sound that honors their traditional music pedigrees, yet is edgy enough to appeal to more progressive audiences. That evolution has been both organic and a little calculated, borne out of trying to shake up their own routine. “The first year or so we went out and did pretty much all traditional bluegrass and the second year we thought we had to come up with something different, so we went wireless with the vocal mics so we would walk around and sing. We were trying to make it more interesting,” Dailey tells Rolling Stone Country over a plate of beans and cornbread before a Tuesday night performance on the Opry.
“About two years later we hired a bass singer,” he continues. “When we did that, that got us into doing lots of variety – real gospel to quartet-style singing in both secular and gospel.”
Before they teamed up to become Dailey & Vincent, both men were already seasoned musicians with stellar reputations in the bluegrass and country communities. Dailey had spent nine years performing with legendary bluegrass outfit Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, while Vincent logged 11 years with Ricky Skaggs’ famed band Kentucky Thunder as well as contributing to albums by Dolly Parton and others. Vincent first met Dailey in 2001 at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Louisville, Kentucky. “He was singing with Doyle Lawson,” recalls Vincent. “I was sitting with Ricky and Sharon White Skaggs and we were smitten by Jamie’s vocal. By the time the song was over, I got backstage quickly and as he was walking off stage, I had my hand out and said, ‘I’m Darren Vincent and I’d like to be your friend.’ We exchanged numbers.”
The two became instant friends and began working on songs together. It didn’t take long to discover they had a special chemistry. “One thing we’ve done that has never been done before – that I know of – is in January of 2007, Jamie and I gave Doyle and Ricky a year’s notice that we were leaving at the end of that year,” Vincent says. “We told them that we’d help them find replacements for us or whatever we needed to do because we wanted to make sure it was an easy transition for them.”
When they informed their booking agent they expected to book 100 dates their first year as Dailey & Vincent, they were met with skepticism. In fact, when the agent was slow to get dates on the books, the duo began booking themselves and had 86 shows confirmed in three months. They went to the booking agency and dropped a thick binder with all the dates on the agent’s desk. Needless to say, he then got to work and continued filling their calendar.
It didn’t take long for Dailey & Vincent to build a strong following and earn the respect of their peers, collecting nine IBMA nominations in that first year alone, seven of which they won. “We made history,” says Dailey. “From what we understand, we were the first group in bluegrass at an award show ever in history to win Entertainer, Vocal Group and Emerging Artist all in the same year. It was quite a feeling and quite a humbling night.”
Dailey & Vincent have continued gaining momentum since those formative early days, but they admit their desire to push against boundaries has cost them fans at times. Among their riskier moves was bringing on a full-time drummer – standard practice in most areas of music, but taboo in traditional bluegrass circles.
“It was hard on a lot of the traditionalists and we lost a bunch of them I think through the years,” Dailey says. “[But] the people that come to see us for the most part, I believe it is safe to say that 99 percent of them know we do what we do. They know that we are there to try to play the best music that we can and to entertain to our fullest ability and luckily they fill the seats, buy our stuff and continue to support us. They’re just music fans. They’re not labeling what genre it is.”
By the same measure, gospel music is also a key part of their show and a reflection of their faith – something that doesn’t always sit too well with others. During one show, the promoter told them she didn’t want them to do any gospel music in their set because it might alienate some patrons, but when fans kept calling out requests, they caved and performed Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ “By the Mark.” “When we finished it was a full house standing ovation and they wouldn’t sit down,” Dailey recalls with a smile. “She looked absolutely mortified that they were standing and screaming for more.”
“We honored the Lord and what he wanted us to do,” adds Vincent. “And looking at those fans, we had to do what they wanted.”
Dailey & Vincent’s discography reflects the same versatility as their live shows. Their recorded output includes several bluegrass albums, a gospel record (The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent), a live album (Alive! In Concert) and a tribute to the Statler Brothers (Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers), many of these released through their strategic partnership with Cracker Barrel. The duo’s latest album Patriots and Poets – a collection of original songs co-written with Bill Anderson, Jimmy Fortune and others – was released last March and features guest appearances by Steve Martin, Doyle Lawson, Bela Fleck, TaRanda Greene and David Rawlings. After several years with venerable indie label Rounder, the duo is currently recording for producer Keith Stegall’s Dreamlined Entertainment. They plan for their next album to be a straight-ahead country record.
“Doing a country record makes sense for us,” says Vincent. “It’s something we haven’t done and will be fun for us to do. And when our career is over we can say, ‘Hey I was proud of everything we did and we did everything we wanted to do.'”
At least thus far, that’s what Dailey & Vincent have done, letting their exceptional musicianship take them down multiple new avenues and reach fans who haven’t experienced them before. It’s definitely been a road less traveled, but Dailey says he’d encourage anyone else to do the exact same.
“A lot of times young musicians come to us and they ask, ‘What do you think we should do? How do we get started?'” Dailey says. “First of all, you can’t always listen to everybody around you. You have to listen to yourself, your inner heart. You have to study and be aware. Keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on around you at all times and think through it and know how to react.
“A lot of times you’ll hit it,” he adds. “Sometimes you’ll miss it, but praise the Lord, the two of us, for the most part, have been able to nail it on the head most of the time.”