Darnell Shawn Gatling a young man who overcame a troubled pass. Abandoned at the age of 9 months, Darnell and his two other brothers were forced into the court system and separated into separate foster homes. At the age of four Darnell was placed into a group home where there was six other children who dealt with neglect, molestation, abandonment etc… Many nights he sat alone and cried because there was no one in his life that he could call his own. He often felt there was no hope for him. Out of touch with reality, Darnell would often go into a shell and become very reserved and anti-social.
At the age of 5 Darnell met someone that would soon become very special in his life. This special person was Elise Gatling. Elise was a loving kind hearted woman with a heart for God. Elise always made sure that the kids in the group home felt loved and wanted. However she had a very special place in her heart for Darnell. Darnell begin to form a close bond with her, a very strong relationship. Elise introduced Darnell and the rest of the children to Christ. From then on Darnell would always want to know who Christ was. He began to find joy in his life. At this very tender age he was also filled with the Holy Spirit. Elise said that God spoke to her and said that Darnell was supposed to be your son. A little while after that Darnell asked Elise would she be his mother and she proudly replied “YES”.
At the age of 9 Darnell really started showing interest in music. He would take the large laundry buckets out of the laundry room and use them for drums. He and the other children would often form a band and have what they would call a “Jam Session”. Darnell begin showing a strong interest in the keyboard and singing. Elise let him here a song called “Have you given your life” by Eric Alphonso and she would tell him to sing that song. Darnell would sing his heart out. It was then that Darnell says he knew he was called to the music biz. He began rapping Mike-E song entitled “If you want to learn to rap”. There is where the love for rapping came.
At the Age of 11 is when Elise finally took Darnell out of the Group Home for Good. With a sigh of relief Darnell say “Now life can finally begin”. Darnell wrote his own song called “Give it up to God” and compose the music to it as well. He performed this song for other youth that were in the same position he was. The song provided hope and inspiration to the young kids. Along with his music Darnell was an excellent basketball player. He was offered numerous scholarships and a chance to play overseas for People to People Sports Ambassadors, and also offered a Nike and reebok commercial.
Darnell Always kept the passion for Christ in his heart. He used to tell his mother that one day he wanted to have his own church. At the age of 15 Darnell finally entered into a studio to officially record his first song entitled “Change”. The song was an excellent song that seemed to grab the attention of all. He always reminds people that the words that he writes are not his own but the Word that God has given him to write. Music is something that Darnell says will always be with him and he will always use to glorify Christ.
Now here he is, at the age of 27 Darnell is continuing his music and working on creating his first album. Darnell is now married with 2 beautiful children Lovy and James, and a beautiful wife, Mika Gatling, who is a God fearing woman that loves him truly. Mika is always there to support her husband and his endeavors in music and ministry. Currently Darnell is serving in the military. However due to some unfortunate medical issues he is forced to get out of the military. Diabetes, he says will not get the best of him because Christ has a plan for him and it will be fulfilled. Darnell has numerous songs that you can hear now and will definitely uplift your spirit. Be on the Look for Darnell “Young Buddy” Gatling and upcoming Christian artist who is here to deliver God’s truth.