Derek is a Nashville-based country singer/songwriter who grew up on a farm in Minnesota. He ran a dairy operation with his brothers before moving to Washington for college, where he learned to play guitar and started writing his own songs. After college, Derek spent time in Alaska as an Air Traffic Controller before ultimately making the move to Nashville to pursue his real passion...music. Derek's last EP, Barstool Saints (June 2021), was co-produced by Jimmy Robbins and Jonathan Singleton. Barstool Saints + a single off the EP, "Paycheck," were featured on the Spotify editorial playlist New Music Nashville + Apple Music' New on Country Playlist. His previous single "Ride or Die" has been featured on several Spotify editorial playlists as well such as Next From Nashville, Fresh Finds: Country, and New Music Nashville. Other singles from Barstool Saints include "Her Daddy Don't Like Me," which fans blew up on Tik Tok shortly before it's release, + "You Go Girl," which received praise from American Songwriter. Derek's current single "The Bullet" with Ashley Cooke is gaining attention on Apple Music + Spotify, and is supported by a beautifully shot music video that was featured on CMT the week after its release (October 22, 2021). As a writer, Derek has cuts with Jon Wood, Tyler Chambers, + more. Derek is published by JRM Publishing and Round Hill Music and managed by Mailbox Money Music.