|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
Darlene Koldenhoven (born October 9 in Chicago) is an American soprano, pianist, songwriter, arranger, composer, keyboardist, record producer, author, actor, educational speaker, music industry consultant, and music therapist.
She has a five-octave voice range and has won several awards including a Grammy Award in 1986 and three Grammy Nominations, MVP award from NARAS, two Lifestyle Music Awards from Broadcasters worldwide via the New Age Reporter (NAR) now known as the ZoneMusicReporter, a Telly Award and a Classic Telly Award, IBA award, an international Andy award from The Advertising Club of New York, Finalist in The American Prize 2012, Nominee in The Independent Music Awards 2011, Nomination Best Vocal Album 2012 by Broadcasters Worldwide for "Solitary Treasures." Her vocal work can be heard on numerous films such as Sister Act 1 and 2 as the tambourine-waving choir nun, real life music director and production vocal coach, and on records, commercials, live events, and television shows.
Three of her CD releases have topped new age radio charts. Koldenhoven has a professional children's choir known as The Young Vocal Artists of Los Angeles. She has recorded with artists such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, David Byrne, Ramsey Lewis, among others.
Koldenhoven has also appeared on camera singing in Studio 60, American Idol specials, Academy Awards (2000), Academy Awards (2010), among others. Koldenhoven is known globally for her featured soprano vocal solo "Aria" in Yanni Live at the Acropolis, adapted from the Delibes opera Lakmé and seen by over 1.5 Billion worldwide. Darlene tours in concert and presents workshops and seminars on music, singing, and sound therapy. Koldenhoven also sings on, and contracts singer for, many recordings; teaches voice, music, and sound therapy; and owns and operates her independent recording label & studio, TimeArt Recordings and TimeArt Studio. Darlene resides in the Studio City area of Los Angeles.
Koldenhoven won a Grammy Award in 1986 as lead soprano in Clare Fischer's 2+2 in the category Best Jazz Vocal Performance by Duo or Group, and has received three Grammy Nominations for her work with the same group. She was awarded an MVP award from NARAS; The Recording Academy for "Best Studio Singer" for singing on thousands of movies, television shows, CDs, and commercials. She received two LifeStyle Music Awards for "Infinite Voice" (Best Vocal Album 2007), and "Heavenly Peace" (Best Holiday Album 2007). Koldenhoven also won a Telly Award and a Classic Telly Award for her song/video, "Love is an Action Word". She has an IBA Award for vocals for World's Best Television Commercial Humorous 1989 and an ANDY Award from The Advertising Club of New York 1990 for the same commercial "ABC Chicken Soup - Spa". "Lucid See" the instrumental from Solitary Treasures was Nominated Best New Age Song by The Independent Music Awards 2011. The entire "Solitary Treasures" CD is currently Nominated Best Vocal Album 2012 by Broadcasters Worldwide in the ZMR Music Awards. Finalist in The American Prize 2012 Best Professional Art Song Vocalist for "Angel on Ivories." She has a Platinum album for her vocal work on Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, as well as several other Gold and Platinum awards for her vocal work with various major recording artists. Darlene's very first competitive vocal award won, at age 16, was a scholarship given by The King's Choraliers of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Solitary Treasures (10/10/11) ZMR Music Awards Nomination Best Vocal Album 2012 by Broadcasters Worldwide. "Lucid See" Nominated Best New Age Song by The Independent Music Awards 2011; album debuted #5 on radio charts
- Inspired by a True Story (6/28/11)
- Angel on Ivories (2/11/11) Finalist: The American Prize 2012 Best Art Song Vocalist - Professional
- Infinite Voice (2007) #1 on the New Age Radio Charts in 2007 and #2 in the Top 100 Airplay 2007. Winner Best Vocal Album 2007 voted by Broadcasters Worldwide
- Heavenly Peace (2000, 2007) Debuted #2 on the New Age Radio Charts 2000. Winner Best Holiday Album 2007 voted by Broadcasters Worldwide
- Free to Serve (1996)
- Keys to the World (1993)
Koldenhoven released a comprehensive music education book with seven instructional CDs called "Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear," distributed by Alfred Music. As a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, she has presented several seminars on the voice and composing for the voice. She has presented seminars for the Nebraska Music Educators Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), among other organizations. She tours in concert and with her workshops on the voice, healing with music and the voice, and marketing for musicians.
She has served on the NARAS Board of Trustees for two terms, was a Los Angeles Chapter Second Vice President for one term, and Governor for six years, chairing several committees such as the Keyboard Symposiums and the Gospel Music Panel.
Koldenhoven has a professional children's choir known as The Young Vocal Artists of Los Angeles.
- Darlene Koldenhoven at AllMusic
- Darlene Koldenhoven at the Internet Movie Database
- Jamie Bonk: Conversation with Darlene Koldenhoven