Helen Darling is best known for her crossover #1 hit song “Bring On The Rain” recorded by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. This song was subsequently nominated for a Grammy, an ACM and a CMA award. In 2002 and 2003, Darling was honored by BMI with a citation of achievement award for “Bring On The Rain”. This one song has achieved over 2 million airplays.
Helen started her career as a Chicago jingle singer on television and radio commercials for such clients as McDonald’s and 7-up. Her voice sang the familiar query, Have you driven a Ford lately? After moving to Nashville in 1993, Darling began singing song demos and back-up for such artists as Garth Brooks who asked Darling to sing on The Red Strokes on his In Pieces album. When Darling signed with MCA/Decca Records, Brooks returned the favor by singing on “Even God Must Get The Blues”. Delbert McClinton and Lee Roy Parnell also made prominent cameo appearances on this freshman effort.
Darling’s song writing career shifted into high gear after her first notable cut with Reba McEntire on a Christmas album, then came JoDee Messina and Tim McGraw. Since then more artists such as Little Big Town and Sir Cliff Richard have also become part of Darling’s discography.
In 1998 Darling moved back to Austin, Texas to pursue family and songwriting. She currently divides her time between Montana and Texas with her husband Dennis and two sons Cameron (14 years) and Carson (13 years).