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The Derek Joseph Interview

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Little House Records recording artist DEREK JOSEPH was born and raised in Phelps, NY, a small rural farming community with one stoplight and 3,000 residents, and grew up learning small town country values. Derek has always has a love for music; from the earliest of ages, he listened and sang along to music whenever he could. He began his musical journey taking piano lessons at 8 years old, and played for several years. He soon took a liking to the drums and began taking lessons and eventually was afforded the opportunities to play with several successful local bands around the Finger Lakes area. A few years later on a trip to Mississippi to visit his father, also a budding guitarist and singer, his father convinced Derek to give singing a shot. He belted out to a karaoke track, and discovered that he really could sing! Derek landed a job as lead singer for local band favorite Bad Habit. Though it was a rock/classic rock band and not ideally what he wanted, the experience he gained from being a part of that band was invaluable! Derek moved on to form the band Southern Drawl, the country band he truly desired, and sang with them for about nine months, but was fortunate to be asked to sing lead in a new band being formed by one of the best guitarists in The Finger Lakes area. This was a huge opportunity for Derek that he had to take, so he left Southern Drawl to help form the band Outland! Outland quickly rose to become one of Upstate New York’s premiere country acts, and Derek enjoyed many accolades to his singing! Recently, Derek has left Outland to form his solo act and promote his national debut release to Country Radio, which is already seeing incredible success! Derek hasn't moved to Nashville just yet but does travel there often to visit the many country music friends he has made there, sometimes even getting the chance to sit in with them and sing a song or two at Tootsie's and The Stage!! Derek continues to sing and play guitar, performing wi