Derik is a singer, songwriter, and producer, who can currently be seen every week as the guitarist on the FOX television show "Glee." His singing voice has been heard on FOX's "Raising Hope," CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” NBC’s “Go On” and “The Voice,” and his original music has been featured on the WB hit TV series "Felicity," as well as the feature film “Commencement.”
As a performer, Derik has had the honor of sharing the stage with a variety of musical greats, including Mary J. Blige, Dionne Warwick, American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez, Lupe Fiasco with Guy Sebastian, and many more. He is currently planning a 2013 West Coast Tour of auditoriums at high schools, to help raise money for their arts & music programs.
Derik graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry, and has written, produced, and recorded six full-length albums to his name, two of which were completed before graduating from high school. During his time at USC, Derik worked extensively with the Thornton School of Music faculty and was an integral part of shaping the curriculum that later became the new Popular Music program, the first program of its kind in the country where a degree in popular music at a major university is possible. In 2008, Derik was awarded the Brian Wilson Music Scholarship for songwriting. He's received millions of views to his channel on YouTube, with specific attention to "Take Chances," an original song the USC President's Office commissioned Derik to write as the graduation anthem for the Class of 2011.
In addition to writing, performing, and managing both a solo career and a band, Derik also works as a producer and recording engineer for other artists and musicians, including Rozzi Crane (the first artist to be signed to Adam Levine of MAROON 5's new record label, 222 Records), Christine Donaldson, Aaron Childs, and Raquel Rodriguez.
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