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The smooth and mellow, cool and country vocals are what make him the new sound of country. Reminiscent of Southern back roads, Saturday night anthems, and down home friends and family. If a blended sound of George Strait and Eric Church is your craving, then Derek Johnson is the voice that can soothe your country appetite. Born in the deep south, Mobile, Alabama, he calls home Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Derek grew up in what he calls “T-Shirt Pocket Size” towns…of Saraland, Excel, and Perdue Hill, Alabama; four way stop, caution light, old men playing dominoes in the hardware store! – Songs that bring a smile, chills, and warmth to the soul. Not to mention, he stands at 6’ 5” in a pair of well broken in boots…and his smile is undoubtedly contagious! The grandson and son of cotton and soybean farmers, good ole southern people. His first major influence who began his love of guitar and all things country was his Grandfather, Citronelle native, kept company with nothin’ but the best: toured the same circuits as legendary Bob Wills, George Morgan, and Hank Williams, Sr and several more. He and Hank Sr. were boarding mates and worked side by side at the Alabama Dry-docks, in Mobile before Hank’s sudden rise to fame. 

A graduate of the University of Alabama who majored in Business Management, moved to Nashville shortly after. During this time, he worked with several legendary producers and songwriters. His first big breakthrough came by working for Dave Gibson of the 1994 ACM Award winning Gibson/Miller Band; Dave penned number one hits such as: “Ships That Don’t Come In” by Joe Diffie and “Jukebox in My Mind” by Alabama and several more; also to Mike McGuire (of the legendary Shenandoah band)…who cut his first song “Tidal Wave” as a songwriter. Had cuts with Dave Gibson and a studio cut with Lady Antebellum. 

After spending a few years in Nashville, he felt a calling to support and defend his country. He joined the United States Army, serving one stint, as a 14S Air and Missile Defense crew member. He served with the elite unit, the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment Blackhorse, only to have suffered severe injuries that would cut his military career short. He is a DAV/Wounded Warrior but continues working alongside other veterans and wounded warriors with the Veteran Suicide Awareness marches, raising awareness for his fellow brothers and sisters in arms struggling to transition.

It was during his first stop in Nashville that he met hit songwriter/producer Phil O’Donnell; better known as Philbilly by his peers. Phil has written #1 singles for Blake Shelton (“Doin What She Likes”), George Strait (“Give It All We Got Tonight”), and Montgomery Gentry (“Back When I Knew It All”) and also produced Craig Morgan’s six-week #1, “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” which was the most played country song of 2005. He has also produced Chris Janson, Tyler Farr, and Mo Pitney. 

His new single “Real Cool Kinda Hot” is climbing the Country Breakout Chart and growing on Music Row Radio. 
On Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Pandora, YouTube, Texas Radio, and Texas Select Radio.
Official Debut Music Video for “Real Cool Kinda Hot” recently released on YouTube. Filmed in Frisco City and Excel, Alabama. 

Show November 9th
Derek Johnson (and full band)
At: Taste of the Town
In: Monroeville, Alabama
Where: Downtown Square near Courthouse at 6 PM (Show starts at 7 PM)

Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
Sandy Smith
(251) 743-2879

Derek Johnson Music
Singer/Songwriter
Nashville, Tennessee/Fort Collins, Colorado
www.derekjohnsonmusic.com
Instagram: @derekjohnsonmusic
Snapchat: xderekjohnson

For booking and other inquiries:
Tour Manager: Ronnie McHan
(210) 643-6342
ronniedmchan@gmail.com 

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