Darren Hayes

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Legal name: Darren Stanley Hayes


Darren Stanley Hayes (born 8 May 1972) is an Australian-British singer-songwriter, comedian, and podcaster. Hayes was the frontman and singer of the pop duo Savage Garden, whose 1997 album Savage Garden peaked at No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in United Kingdom and No. 3 in United States. It spawned the singles "I Want You", "To the Moon and Back", and Australian and US No. 1 "Truly Madly Deeply". The duo followed the success of their debut album with Affirmation (1999), which provided additional hits such as US No. 1 "I Knew I Loved You", and Australian No. 3 "The Animal Song". Savage Garden sold more than 23 million albums worldwide before parting ways in 2001.

Hayes released his first solo album Spin in 2002. The album sold two million copies worldwide, debuted at No. 2 in the UK and No. 3 in Australia. It delivered the hit single "Insatiable". Hayes's second solo album The Tension and the Spark marked a change of direction for the singer-songwriter, showing experimentation with electronica and darker lyrics. NME wrote about its first single, "Pop!ular" saying it was "A twistered masterclass in career reintervention...This guy is a genius." While The Observer said "This album is no folly and succeeds, often to the point of all out triumph, on its own terms." Hayes parted way with his record label Columbia Records in 2006 and started his own independent record label, Powdered Sugar, from which he would release his third solo album, This Delicate Thing We've Made (2007).

In mid-2010, Hayes announced the completion of recording his fourth solo album, Secret Codes and Battleships, featuring three songs co-written and produced by Brian West and mixed by Robert Orton, who is best known for working with Lady Gaga. On 17 April 2011, Hayes signed with Mercury Records' Australian division and in August 2011 with EMI Records in the UK. The album was released in Australia on 21 October 2011, 24 October in the UK and 25 October in the US, with singles "Talk Talk Talk", "Bloodstained Heart", and "Black Out the Sun" released before the album.

In 2013, Hayes relocated from London to Los Angeles, where he began to pursue a career in improv sketch comedy and acting. In 2015, he created a comedy podcast titled The He Said He Said Show, on which he stated in an episode that he has retired from the music industry.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Spin 11
2004 The Tension and the Spark 5
2007 This Delicate Thing We've Made 2
2011 Secret Codes and Battleships 3


Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Insatiable 9
2002 Strange Relationship 6
2002 Crush (1980 Me) 3
2002 I Miss You 3
2004 Popular 4
2004 Darkness 2
2005 So Beautiful 3
2007 On the Verge of Something Wonderful 1
2007 Who Would Have Thought? 1
2007 Me Myself And (I) 1
2007 Step Into The Light 1
2008 Casey 1
2011 Talk Talk Talk 1
2011 Bloodstained Heart 1
2011 Black Out The Sun 1
2012 Stupid Mistake 1
2014 Wrecking Ball 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Too Close for Comfort 1
2007 On the Verge of Something Wonderful - EP 1

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 A Big Night In With Darren Hayes 2

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