Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent became the most heralded new act in the bluegrass music field in 2008, as their debut album and busy tour schedule introduced them to wildly appreciative audiences. Their first recording, Dailey & Vincent, was #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, as well as the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles album charts, and it yielded the #1 singles “By the Mark,” “More Than a Name on a Wall” and “Sweet Carrie.” It was named Album of the Year, one of seven awards the group took home in an unprecedented feat at the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. Never before had an act been named Entertainer and Emerging Artist in the same year, an honor that both humbles and challenges the duo. As Darrin said during one of their acceptance speeches at the awards show, “We’re going to give 100% to bring you the best bluegrass music we can.” Although new as a duo, Dailey & Vincent’s path to acclaim began many years ago. Both men were raised in musical families and have played bluegrass since the age of three – Jamie in Tennessee and Darrin in Missouri. They apprenticed with legendary acts, Jamie with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Darrin with his sister Rhonda Vincent, the late John Hartford, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
One of the great surprises and blessings a person can experience in life is meeting an unrelated soul-mate. Jamie and Darrin met at the 2001 IBMA Awards show in Louisville and discovered an uncanny harmony in their vocal blend, as well as their attitudes toward music, business, and their Christian faith. Says Darrin, “Although we’re not brothers, we discovered that our voices blended pretty naturally. We’ve worked on vocal phrasing and pronunciation to make the blend even stronger.” Jamie and Darrin talked, prayed, and planned for five years before committing to the closest thing to brotherhood: a musical partnership.