" Whipping Post"
Bringing a taste of my past, the love of great classics and outstanding talents from my youth. This is our LIVE audio and video footage from our dates though out the summer.
I hope you enjoy watching as much as we did bring it to life!
Summer of 2019
" Want It "
Dedicated to all who have found their own strength!
Recorded LIVE in Guelph, Hamilton and Kingston, Ontario.
thanks to all who came out and rock all with us. Just remember no matter what
"Don't Stop Keepin On!"
The new "LIVE" Darby Mills Project CD is also available
on all download sites, World Wide !
"Queen of Scream" Documentary
Darby Mills “The Queen of Scream” a Spotlight produced documentary for Telus TV on demand. Released early 2018 is an intimate peak into the trials and tribulations, the lifestyle and home style of a rock n’ roll pioneer, woman, mom, wife, friend and performer who has spent over forty years in the male dominated music industry.
courtesy of Telus TV Original series and Spotlight Productions
Now viewed over 200,000 times and counting,
"ONe Minute of your Time" TV spot
Guest appearance on Paul Dean of Loverboy's new Video " Hell Yeah! "
Album sampler for "FLYING SOLO"
The Darby Mills Project Bio
'In 1978 Darby Mills embarked on a now 41-year journey of extraordinary crazy adventures. Becoming one of Canada’s iconic female rock vocalists and the voice of 3 “Headpins” releases and then 3 greatest hit cd's that followed.
Darby Mills and the Headpins, released their debut album "Turn It Loud" in 1982. Selling over 500,000 records and tapes ( OLD SCHOOL)
It topped the charts for six weeks in Canada. The hit singles "Don't It Make Ya Feel "Dancin" a track still played on hundreds of Radio Station around the world. “People” and “Turn It Loud” came to life. In 1982 the Headpins were nominated at the Canadian music awards the Juno's for most promising new act, Darby Presented an award as well that year.
1983 the HEADPINS won the Shure Music Express Awards for
Top New Group and Darby won Top Female Vocalist.
This also being the year Darby met her now husband Brian Wasdsworth co-Manager of the Headpins along with Sam Feldman.
The Headpins second release, one year later. "Line of Fire" was another platinum-plus success with 150,000 in sales. It included the hit songs "Just One More Time" and "Feel It (Feel My Body)."
In 1984 they released their 3rd and final recording while still together "Head Over Heels" which included the singles “Staying all Night” and
“Be With You.” 150,000 units sold.
This figure is not including sales over the past 20 years.
The Headpins tour schedule landed them on concert stage with
ZZ TOP, Whitesnake, KISS, Vince Neill, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Quiet Riot, Nazareth, Nickelback, Eddy Money, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar, Pat Travers, Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow and many others.
Those were 5 crazy paced years, Good times and Big stresses, egos did collide. Early in 1986 Mills was fired as the singer, the original Headpin line up folded and everyone started out on individual adventures.
Darby however, retained the American record contract with MCA USA and spent time living in LA while getting new material together for her first Solo recording. Darby headed over to London England where she recorded 6 tracks at EEL PIE Recording Studio, owned by Pete Townshend (the WHO). With producer Greg Walsh of Tina Turner “Private Dancer” fame at the controls. Darby had the pleasure of working along side the likes of Tony Levin of King Crimson and players from such bands as Tina Turner, Santana, Red Seven and more. 6 weeks later Darby returned to Canada and continued to writing more material then was to return to England where she would finish the record.
Unfortunately while in England, MCA USA underwent huge managerial changes. Mills had returned home from England to find she NO longer had representation within the offices of MCA. There was a NEW head of A&R and subsequently she was released from her contractual obligations with MCA, USA.
Darby returned home from the trip to LA and shortly there after was released by her management. Then being served with 500,000 K in Headpins bills.
The next few years got messy!
Sticking to her guns, 1991 Darby with now hubby Brian Wadsworth as her representation, inked a solo deal with Warner Music Canada and released "Never Look Back" which Included the singles “Cry to me” and “Hot Water”
For those efforts Darby was honored with a Juno nomination and an official nomination for the Canadian, WALK OF FAME.
The "Never Look Back" CD sold 35k copies that year and aired across Canada and the UK producing 4 radio single. That number not being enough to keep the Warner Canada deal alive, once again, 1992 Mills is released from her recording contract and decides to retire on a farm in the Valley...... and have BABIES.
1993.......It didn't take long.
Mills reunited as the VOICE of the Headpins and a new line up of players.
2016, 26 years after re-forming The Headpins and some life altering changes, Mills knew it was NOW or NEVER.
Taking a leap of faith to find the passion she once had Darby closed one door to open another.
In Aug 2016 Darby performed her last show as the voice of the Headpins.
The Darby Mills Project was now the mission. With Brian back as her manager the 2 set out to rebuild Darby's career.
They re-mastered and re-release "Never Look Back" calling it
"FLYING SOLO". Knowing deep down the songs and meanings where as prevalent now as 26 years ago.
Thousands of "Flying Solo" HARD COPY cd's have sold Via her website to Spain, France, Germany, Den Mark, China, Japan, Australia, USA, and of course Canada.
Darbys career has take her on many extraordinary adventures during her time:
Dining with the royal Prince Charles and Lady Dianna at a dinner for young achievers of Canada in 1986.
Sang to the SOLD OUT audience at BC Place. The celebration of
Rick Hanson's " MAN IN MOTION" tour.
Preformed at the opening ceremonies of Vancouver’s EXPO 86.
She was one of the voices to sing on the newest renditions of
“OH CANADA” sponsored by the Canadian government.
Then preformed for Queen Elizabeth amongst Canada's finest for the
ONE HUNDRED FITFYITH Birthday celebration, held on the parliament grounds in Ottawa.
Sang along side then Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney at 24 Sussex Dr.
Was the VOICE of the Calgary Stampede for 5 years.
2018 was presented with the honorary White Cowboy Hat from the
Calgary Stampede comity.
Recived LIFE TIME Acheivment Award in 2007 at the OMA's
Voiced jingles for such comanies as Sun Ripe Juice, Britannia Jeans, the Dallas Morning News USA, Arco Gas company. One or two B movies sound tracks that will remain nameless
2017 was filmed for TELUS on Demand documentary “ QUEEN OF SCREAM”. It telling the story about her life and journey as a woman in the 1980's music industry to today.
And most recently was invited to join GENE Simmons on stage for a duet of
" I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU" at Cannafest. The Canadian Rock festival held yearly in Grand Forks BC, Canada. Darby's has been a staple preformer for the past 5 years and is as we speak being added to the fabulous WALL of MURALS by Paul Archer and Michael Johnston.
2019 is emerging as an exciting time for the Darby Mills Project.
This will be a new era for the veteran performer, having just released the new CD titled "LIVE" The Darby Mills Project. Recorded at the Russian Hall by the Award winning producer/engineer Ron Obvious. ( Little Mountain and the Warehouse Studios)
Her fans will love the energy, vibe and passion reborn in Darby and her new team of veteran ROCKERS.
DMP features Randy Gabel guitar and vocals, Dave Hopia bass and vocals, Doug Rasmussen keys and vocals, and
Chris Murray Driver drums and some crazy sh*t.
TODAY, like a glass of finely matured red wine, Darby has ventured back to her passion and kick it out of the park live preformances.
Come enjoy her story, and journey through the years along with some classics that will take you back in time. Originals that will bringing you to the present and their new works to form memories for the future!
Darby Mills – "Don't stop keeping on!"
PROMO add for Up Coming Shows!
Tour Posters for 2019..... stay tuned, more to come!
Darby Mills Project, Live shots.