Derek’s entry into music and ministry was not typical. Born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, he first attended school to become a pharmacist. After several years working in healthcare, he realized God had been placing a burden on his heart for ministry. In 2009, he went back to school to focus on a worship minister degree. Upon graduating, Derek spent 7 years on staff as a worship pastor in South Dakota. During that time, he recorded his first full-length album “Carry On” with producer Tommee Profitt (Capitol CMG).
Now having moved to Tennessee, Derek and his family are following a call they believe God has placed on their hearts. Derek states, “My goal is to tell people about the love of Jesus and use music as a way to draw people to Him. I believe God is calling me to step out in faith and use the opportunities I have to point to Him.”
Derek is gearing up to release new music soon, having recorded several individual singles with producer Jay Speight (Bottle Rockit Productions). "I know every artist says this, but I believe these new songs are the best work I've done and I've asked God to bring about His perfect will throughout this process. I cannot wait to release these songs and am excited about the doors God is opening!"