Darius Holbert

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Darius Holbert
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Background information
Birth name Darius Holbert
Also known as dariustx
Born (1974-08-05) August 5, 1974 (age 40)
Dallas, Texas
Occupation(s) Musician
record producer
Instruments Keyboards, vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1987–present
Website dariusholbert.com

Darius Holbert (born August 5, 1974 in Dallas, Texas) is a touring and recording musician and songwriter and a composer of film scores for movies, television and other media. He composed music for 2013's feature documentary "Trophy Kids",[1] 2011's Hobo with a Shotgun and 2013's Old 37[2] and contributed original music to Cedar Rapids (2011), Shrink (2011), and World's Greatest Dad (2009), as well as such TV series as American Horror Story, Grey's Anatomy, American Idol and Crash, among others, and an array of commercials, games and short films.[3] "It seems like Holbert can do just about anything in the music world," wrote Movie Maker correspondent Katie Garton in 2009.[4]

Holbert graduated from the Arts Magnet, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Selected for the touring choir of the Texas Boy Choir in 1987, he joined their tour of Australia as a featured soloist and ultimately composed for and conducted an ensemble within the choir. He studied composition and arranging at London's Royal Academy of Music and the University of North Texas. He has performed and released several albums as a singer-songwriter under the stage name dariustx, and has worked with Dave Brubeck, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Britney Spears, Diane Warren, Bobby Brown, Sophie B. Hawkins, Everlast (for whom he co-produced and played pedal-steel and six-string guitars, banjo, keyboards and other instruments on the 2011 album Songs of the Ungrateful Living) and Wu-Tang Clan, among many other artists, songwriters and musical organizations.[5] In 2011 he served as music director for hip-hop group House of Pain's 20th anniversary reunion tour. 2012 saw his short work "When at Last I Leapt into the Jaws" earn him finalist status in an evening of contemporary chamber music and dance marking a collaboration between Composer's Voice and Movement Research.[6]


For the 2013 feature documentary "Trophy Kids" (Peter Berg/ HBO, 2013):[1]

  • International Independent Film Festival: Gold Award, Best Original Film Score [7]

For the 2012 short film Oh, The Places You'll Go!:[8]

  • Moondance International Film Festival (New York, NY): Grand Prize, Best Original Film Score
  • Park City Film Music Festival: Official Original Score Selection
  • Neon Reverb Music In Film Festival: Music In Film, Official Selection
  • Action On Film Festival: Official Selection, Film Scores

Other Honors

  • Composer's Voice/Movement Research's 2012 "Open" Series (New York, NY): Finalist


  1. ^ a b "Trophy Kids". 
  2. ^ "Old 37 (2013)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Darius Holbert at the Internet Movie Database, accessed December 30, 2012.
  4. ^ Garton, Katie (August 20, 2009). "Darius Holbert: World's Greatest Composer". Movie Maker. moviemaker.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Crowe, Melissa (July 17, 2009). "Q&A: Darius Holbert Tells Us How To Get into The Movies (Kinda)". Dallas Observer. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Composer's Voice: The Public Decides". Vox Novus. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "IIFilmAwards". 
  8. ^ "Oh, The Places You'll Go!". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 

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