Darren Lighty

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Darren Lighty
Birth name Darren F. Lighty
Also known as D-Life, Smooth
Born 1969
Paterson, New Jersey
Genres Hip hop, Rhythm and blues
Occupation(s) Session musician, Record producer, Background vocalist
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1990–present
Labels Cold Chillin', Divine Mill
Associated acts Intelligent Hoodlum, Heavy D, Blackstreet, Marley Marl, Next, Donell Jones, Naughty By Nature, Jaheim, Craig G
Website Darren Lighty's Twitter Page
Notable instruments
keyboards, synthesizers

Darren Lighty (born 1969 in Paterson, New Jersey) is African-American record producer and songwriter.

Lighty got his initial start in the industry as part of the group The Flex, which also included his brother Cliff Lighty and Eric Williams.[1] They were discovered by hip hop producer Marley Marl, who had them sing the hooks on songs he produced for LL Cool J, Heavy D. & the Boyz, Craig G and Intelligent Hoodlum.[2] The group disbanded before recording an album and the trio went their separate ways. Darren and his brother Cliff continued on as songwriters and session musicians, while Eric Williams became a member of Teddy Riley's group Blackstreet.[3]

In the early 2000s, Lighty closely worked with Eddie F. on several songs as a producer. He later collaborated with Naughty by Nature member Kay Gee for production and songwriting.[4] Lighty has worked with artists such as Aaliyah, Donell Jones, Jaheim, Next, Luther Vandross, Queen Latifah, Nas, Mario and more.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eight inducted into EHS 'Wall of Fame'". hamptoncountyguardian.com. Hampton County Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Eight inducted into EHS 'Wall of Fame'". hamptoncountyguardian.com. Hampton County Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Eight inducted into EHS 'Wall of Fame'". hamptoncountyguardian.com. Hampton County Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Eight inducted into EHS 'Wall of Fame'". hamptoncountyguardian.com. Hampton County Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 

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