In 2010, Hartford City, Indiana’s own singer and songwriter packed his bags and headed south to Nashville, Tennessee. After completing his service to our country in the United States Navy from 1999-2003, Derek picked up a guitar and never looked back. Since then he has been filling the bars and honky-tonks throughout the Midwest & Midsouth. With his distinctive signature-vocals and a music style that’s country-rock with an outlaw lifestyle, moving to Nashville has no doubt helped Derek fine-tune his songwriting skills. He’s written songs for a popular cable television series “Tailgate Adventures” on the Sportsman’s Channel and the theme song for “Fishers ATV World” on the Velocity Channel and NBCsports channel.
Derek has had the privilege and opportunity of sharing the stage with a variety of great artists such as; David Allan Coe, Shooter Jennings, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tyler Farr, Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Blackberry Smoke, Ted Nugent and Jamey Johnson, among others. In 2015, Derek was invited to step into “The Circle” and duet with Billy Ray Cyrus at the Grand Ole Opry. Derek has also had the honor of stepping on stage at the 40th anniversary Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena and performed “Some Gave All” alongside Billy Ray Cyrus. Derek also has been in the studio with Billy Ray Cyrus and Joe Perry (Aerosmith) to re-cut a timeless classic “Tulsa Time” by Don Williams that you can hear on Cyrus’ new album “Thin Line” released in 2016. Derek released his sophomore EP “Pray” in March of 2018 and it topped the Amazon Charts at No.1 and No.7 on the iTunes Charts. Derek is very passionate about his music and his fans and when you get the opportunity to experience his live performance, you’ll no doubt feel that passion as well.