An original Texan, (born in Nacogdoches, Tx), Derek earned a degree in Performing Arts Production from South Plains College in 1993. He has performed everywhere from Fiesta Texas to the Grand Ole Opry. During the time he spent at the Grand Ole Opry, Derek shared the stage with folks like Shania Twain, Diamond Rio, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, and Restless Heart. While in Nashville, two major record labels turned Derek down because they said, "You look too much like George Strait!"
His music experience has included bandleader, vocal instructor, lead guitarist, vocalist, producer and director. He has performed at all types of events, from rodeos to college football games. Derek has spent many years perfecting his impersonations of various Texas artists including George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings.
Derek's love of music has lasted over 25 years. The shows that Derek perform are incredibly entertaining and are the best addition to any event. The look and vocal talent have helped make Derek the top "George Strait Tribute" act in the nation. Weddings, corporate celebrations, private functions, large gatherings and other various events can be arranged.