Sir (singer)

Sir Darryl Farris (born November 5, 1986), known mononymously as Sir (stylized as SiR), is an American singer from Inglewood, California. He released his debut album Seven Sundays in 2015 on the independent label Fresh Selects, and is currently signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, where he released his second and third studio albums, November and Chasing Summer.

SiR
Birth nameSir Darryl Farris
Born (1986-11-05) November 5, 1986 (age 35)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present
Labels

Early lifeEdit

Sir Darryl Farris grew up in a musical family with his mother, brothers, and cousin being gospel singers in Inglewood. He earned a degree in recording arts at the Los Angeles Film School and developed his songwriting, arranging, and production skills. His mother was a backup singer for Michael Jackson and Anita Baker, and his uncle Andrew Gouche was a bassist for Prince. He is the younger brother of Grammy award nominated rapper D Smoke.[1][2]

Musical careerEdit

2007–2014: Career beginningsEdit

In 2007, SiR joined a songwriting group called WoodWorks with his brothers and his cousin Tiffany Gouché, who wrote songs for Jaheim and The Pussycat Dolls.[3] He landed a job engineering for Tyrese Gibson in 2012 while quietly developing his craft as a songwriter. After meeting the songwriting duo Dre & Vidal, he went on to work with Anita Baker. From 2011 through 2015, he co-wrote material for Ginuwine, Jill Scott, and Stevie Wonder.[4] In 2014, he featured on Anderson .Paak's album Venice.

2015–2018: Seven Sundays and signing to Top Dawg EntertainmentEdit

On July 31, 2015, SiR released his debut album, titled Seven Sundays, through the independent record label, Fresh Selects. The album featured production from Knxwledge, DK The Punisher, Iman Omari, Chris Dave, J. LBS and more, as well as features from Anderson .Paak, his brother D Smoke, and Inglewood rapper, Fat Ron.[5] The success of Seven Sundays on SoundCloud got the attention of Dave Free of Top Dawg Entertainment, who then reached out to Fresh Selects to connect him to SiR.[6]

Through that initial introduction, SiR would go on to be featured on TDE artists, Jay Rock's 90059 song "The Ways", and Isaiah Rashad's "Rope / Rosegold" on The Sun's Tirade [7][8] On October 6, 2016, SiR released the EP titled HER which includes a feature on "Cadillac Dreams" from Big K.R.I.T. In January 2017, it was announced that SiR had signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. On February 10, 2017, he released his first EP on the label titled HER TOO with Anderson .Paak as a guest appearance.[9]

On January 18, 2018, SiR released his sophomore album November. This time out the album featured production from DJ Khalil, Mndsgn, Andre Harris, returning Seven Sundays collaborators DK The Punisher and J. LBS, and more. The sole features on the project came by way of TDE label-mate ScHoolboy Q and British singer-songwriter Etta Bond.[10]

2019–present: Chasing SummerEdit

On August 8, 2019, SiR announced his third album via TDE, releasing the first single off the album, "Hair Down" featuring Kendrick Lamar.[11] Chasing Summer was released on August 30, 2019, and includes guest features from Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Jill Scott, Smino, Kadhja Bonet, Sabrina Claudio, and Zacari.[12]

On February 3, 2020, SiR performed at NPR Tiny Desk Concert. He devoted the performance to his infant godson who died a couple of days before. His set list included: "The Recipe", "New Sky", "Wires In The Sky", and "John Redcorn".[13]

On April 23, 2020, as part of Top Dawg Entertainment's Fan Appreciation Week, SiR released the song Rapper Weed featuring Boogie.[14] On April 27, he released the music video for the song "John Redcorn", which was inspired by the TV show, King of the Hill.[15] In May 2022, He released "Satisfaction".

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
Seven Sundays
  • Released: July 31, 2015
  • Label: Fresh Selects
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download, streaming
November
  • Released: January 19, 2018
  • Label: Top Dawg
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
Chasing Summer
  • Released: August 30, 2019[11]
  • Label: Top Dawg, RCA
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download, streaming
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Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
HER
  • Released: October 6, 2016
  • Label: Top Dawg
  • Format: CD, Digital download, streaming
HER TOO
  • Released: February 10, 2017
  • Label: Top Dawg
  • Format: CD, Digital download, streaming

MixtapesEdit

Title Album details
Wooden Voodoo
  • Released: September 25, 2012
  • Format: Digital download
Long Live Dilla
  • Released: February 17, 2014
  • Format: Digital download

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Already" 2014 Anderson .Paak Venice
"The Ways" 2015 Jay Rock 90059
"Rope / Rosegold" 2016 Isaiah Rashad The Sun's Tirade
"Underwater" 2017 EarthGang Robots
"Old Age" 2018 Masego Lady Lady
"Make It Out Alive" Nao Saturn
"Iman"[17] 2019 Rapsody, JID Eve
"FOUND IT" 2020 III Camille SHEESH
"Three Hour Drive – A Colors Show"[18] Alicia Keys Alicia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SiR – Biography & History – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "R&B SINGER-SONGWRITER SIR IS PROUD TO REP INGLEWOOD'S THRIVING MUSIC SCENE". LA Weekly. March 14, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Interview: Jill Scott, Tyrese and Bilal songwriter SiR". Fact Mag. August 2, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "An Introduction to SiR, TDE's Soulful New Signing". Djbooth.net. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Heins, Scott (July 24, 2015). "SiR Shares Beautiful New Single "Crashing Down" + Drops His Debut LP 'Seven Sundays'". Okayplayer. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Fintoni, Laurent. "How Fresh Selects Turned A Heartfelt Blog Into A Label To Watch – FADER Article". thefader.com. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  7. ^ Yoh. "TDE Reveals Lance SkiiiWalker is Their "John Doe" New Artist – DJBooth Article". DJBooth.net. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Isaiah Rashad Taps Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock for 'The Sun's Tirade'". Rap-Up. August 30, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "TDE Announces SiR As Latest Signing". Thefader.com. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon. "SiR Drops November Album". XXL. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (August 8, 2019). "Kendrick Lamar Joins Top Dawg's SiR for New Song "Hair Down": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Price, Joe. "Here's SiR's New Album 'Chasing Summer' f/ Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Smino, and More". Complex. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  13. ^ National Public Radio (February 3, 2020). "SiR: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR.org. Retrieved February 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Shifferaw, Abel. "SiR Drops New Track "Rapper Weed" Featuring Boogie". Complex. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Williams, Aaron (April 27, 2020). "SiR's 'John Redcorn' Video Turns Black Hippy Into 'King Of The Hill' Characters". Uproxx. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  16. ^ Charts, Billboard (September 9, 2019). "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (1/2): #1, @Tool Fear Inoculum #3, @LanaDelRey Norman Fucking Rockwell! #4, @liltecca We Love You Tecca #30, @SherylCrow Threads #34, @StickFigureDub World On Fire #57, @trishayearwood Every Girl #64, @inglewoodSiR Chasing Summer". Twitter.com.
  17. ^ "Rapsody | Eve". Tidal. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "ALICIA by Alicia Keys on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 17, 2020.