from Trelawny | Jamaica



Born in Deeside Trelawny to two musically gifted parents Darrio Johnson was natural influenced from young age to pursue music. After moving to Kingston at age 7 and constantly relocating to various inner city communities Darrio and his mother finally settled in Harbour View. With music in his veins Darrio was always in the mix at concerts, socials, fetes and parties while he attended Franklyn Town Primary and Clan Carthy High School. After performing at a few community events and National Competitions Darrio gain recognition, his witty execution on stage during Guinness Undisputed and Sting Star-maker earned him the opportunity to perform on Sting 2005.

In 2007 veteran Dj Pappa Biggy introduced Darrio to Richard Burt of Nocturnal Productions where he recorded and released his first official track titled ‘Shub Out’ laced with riveting social commentary. Darrio’s hard work began to amortize as he release numerous hit singles along his journey including “Do Di Ting” on the Go-Go club riddim „Hooked on You“ produced by Ricky G for Vertex productions, both collaborations with Konshens, and a street friendly, hard hitting song on the sanction riddim titled ‘Touch Di Road’. The year 2010 proved to be productive for the assiduous artist as his popularity grew locally and in the Caribbean Diaspora, also in Asia and Europe. He completed two successful tours in that year, first Japan where he performed in cities such as Osaka, Kanagawa and Shibuya, followed by a European tour where he performed in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria to name a few.

Darrio’s music and ever charismatic character propelled him to popularity across the African Continent, with performances in Kenya in 2011 and Uganda couple months later, where his stellar performance was well accepted and appreciated by his fans at both concerts. He further went on to his first performance as event headliner in San Pedro, Belize April 2011; with a follow up being the headline act for a popular concert in Corozal City, Belize in April 2013. With his musical reservoir overflowing with inspiration, Darrio added more hits to his catalogue including ‘School Fee’ ‘Gyal Siddung’ featuring Konshens ‘Fed up’ and ‘Hurry up’ which all received substantial radio rotation locally and Internationally. The subsequent years went well for Darrio as his buzz in the streets and popularity grew, affording the opportunity to travel extensively while demonstrating his craft.

In January 2017 he put on the cap of promoter for the third time staging his annual Birthday Celebration in his hometown (Deeside Trelawny). In March of the same year he did a three weeks tour of Belize, performing in Cayo, Punta Gorda, Belize City and Orange walk. During the Belize tour Darrio took a trip to Panama for a recording session with Panamanian super star Japanese and shot a music video as well. After returning to Jamaica Darrio was contracted to be a part of the RJR Cross-country Tour were he continued to demonstrate his stage dominance. In May of the same year Darrio toured Europe for the second time, performing in Finland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Israel was also included in that tour which lasted for six weeks. The year 2017 is to date one of the most successful in Darrio’s music career; he ended the year having recorded his debut EP titled ‘The Preliminary’ and doing shows across Jamaica to promote the Nine Track project.

In November 2018 Darrio did a successful Europe Tour promoting his latest release “Never Let Go” by a German based production Team called Dancehall Station who are also his new agency for the european market. In 2019 Darrio is focussing on new Projects and his upcoming european Summer Tour including some of the big Festivals.