Michael Dardar, Jr., known professionally as MJ Dardar, is an American musician and recording artist from Venice, Louisiana; he is currently based in Lafayette, LA. Dardar’s sound is notable for combining rhythm and blues, country and soul.
Although MJ’s musical journey began at a young age, it is prevalent in his work that he draws inspiration from multiple generations and genres. Some of MJ’s musical influences include Sam Cooke, Jonny Lang, Wilson Pickett, Bear Rinehardt, Don Henley, Clay Crosse, and Jeffrey Gaines.
RUST, MJ's debut EP, didn’t happen over night.
Many people contributed their talent and skill, both day and night to this beautifully honest and soulful record. RUST consists of seven tracks, six of which are originals. They are all written and composed by MJ Dardar, Travis Lovell, Travis Thibodaux, and Jerry Martin. Martin also produced the record which was Engineered/recorded by Robby Smith (AudioSmith Studios). Everyone involved was passionate about this project and the end result makes that very clear. RUST was released in April of 2021 and has since continued to gain growing recognition throughout all streaming platforms as well as many live performances throughout Louisiana.
As we look forward to the future, we are excited to announce MJ's recent signing with Baton Rouge recording label, Red Stick Records. MJ's first two singles under Red Stick Records, "Mary" and "In The Dark" (ft. Kim Meadowlark) were released on all streaming platforms May 6th of 2022. The entire record, "The Reason Why", is set to release in the fall.
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