"I actually met Darren at U of M. He was a theatre kid and I was in the jazz school, so we were both in the music, theatre and dance program. Darren and I shared a passion for songwriting and I came to know him as a theatre dude who was a great singer-songwriter. We collaborated a little bit in college but were mostly just friends who didn’t get to hang that much because he was doing theatre shows and I was doing My Dear Disco. We kept in touch in the real world and were following each other’s careers. He moved to L.A. and I moved to New York and at some point he introduced me to his manager who was interested in my music. Then Darren got on Glee and it was this huge thing. And now all of a sudden this guy I know is this huge star. I feel very honored that he has continued to request my collaboration even though he could work with anybody in the world."
"Even when I’m on the beach in L.A. in the middle of February there are times when I think, ‘I could be in Ann Arbor right now.’ […] Go Blue!"
— Darren Criss | Interview with the Michigan Daily (November 2010)