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Daren Todd


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Daren Todd’s story starts in Lompoc, CA. In 1991, he was born Rena Todd, the oldest of two children in a Black conservative Christian household.
Daren wasn’t exposed to a lot of television or pop culture growing up, but he was exposed to a lot of music. His father ran the sound booth at their church and his mother led the praise and worship team. Making music came naturally to Daren. In middle school he dedicated himself to the violin, practicing sometimes three hours a day, and yet still always ending up second chair in the orchestra. This initial shortcoming motivated Daren to always evolve and push himself when it came to his music, a trait that is still evident in his work today. Daren is always driven. Driven to create, to push the work, to always keep evolving. In the midst of his conservative upbringing, a truth he had always known became self evident: Daren is a transgender man. In his early twenties, he began his transformation from being Rena, to becoming Daren.
Around this same time, Daren launched his music pursuit and struck out on his own, playing local shows and putting out music daily. That’s when fate struck one night in 2016, Daren was playing a show with It’s Future Time co-owner, AED. The two musicians hit it off and promised to keep in touch. One year and a handful of sold-out shows later, Daren’s debut album dropped, changing the landscape of music in Portland forever.


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