Darren and Jessie Clarke were both born and raised in England but live now on the Central Coast of California. Their roots in worship began in England in their teens. Jessie grew up in the Vineyard movement and sang with Matt Redman and Graham Ord. These early days impacted her deeply and gave her a passion for worship and musicians. Darren was somewhat of a child prodigy playing in pubs and clubs in London from the age of 13. At the afe of 19 he got saved and also played with Matt Redman before moving to San Luis Obispo, California. Together (though not married) they were instrumental in the birth of ‘The Burn Service’ with fellow worship leader Ryan Delmore. This young adult ministry resulted in several Worship recordings with Vineyard Music. It was in these early days that Darren and Jessie wrote several worship songs used around the world today, the most well known being ‘I Love Your Presence’ that has over 15 versions on iTunes and over a million hits on YouTube. This also led to Darren producing a few records for Vineyard Music.
Darren went on to tour the country with Jeff Searles in the band ‘Everyone’, opening for bands like Delirious and SonicFlood. Around this time Darren and Jessie got married and founded Modern Music Academy which they ran full time for 9 years, teaching guitar, song writing, recording techniques and artist development to young adults and adults. Darren also played in the band ‘Rhodes’ with Daniel Whittington and produced their debut album, which garnered an opening spot for Aerosmith.
In 2012 things evolved and they went full time with Clarke Lane Music – their music production studio, where Darren produces records for bands and custom music for agencies and indie projects. This made more room for Darren and Jessie to start working on their own music again. God started to give Darren and Jessie a fresh crop of worship songs for the church, released on their ‘Your Love Endures’ EP last year. Their song ‘Your Love Endures’ is quickly spreading and was also covered and released on Sam Lane’s worship CD out of the UK, ‘The Fire’. They continue to write material inspired by their role as worship leaders at CalvarySLO.
Besides Clarke Lane Music, Darren is the music director at CalvarySLO where he works to train the community of musicians how to effectively lead worship and bring their congregation into the presence of God through the gift of music. His experience as a Record Producer and song writer gives him a unique ability to relate to musicians about music and matters of the heart.
At the heart of their philosophy of worship is the role of Serving. They are passionate about seeing musicians create beautiful music and bring that gift back to God the Master Creator. Their measure for every worship set is whether people are singing and engaging. Their prayer for every worship time is to bring people into the life changing tangible presence of God. To set peoples minds, hearts and eyes on Jesus and the Truth that sets them free. When God’s presence is there, incredible things happen.