"Derik Nelson is a community minded young man. His journey as a musician has been like a mountain rain seeking its river which flows to the source, gathering momentum and beauty along the way, then back up to the mountain to rain down pure positivity through song.”
Marta Woodhull, Celebrity vocal coach (Los Angeles, CA)
“Derik’s incredible vocal talent, songwriting, and genuine discipline sets him ahead of other artists.”
Matthew Morrison (Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe-nominated “Glee” star)
Hi, I'm Derik!
I'm a touring singer, songwriter, music producer & educator. Together with my brother and sister, I tour all over the country to perform my original music professionally, and teach songwriting & performance workshops.
I help students overcome their performing & lyric writing fears, and to craft their own unique and honed composition style so their songs stand out. Through working professionally in Hollywood (as the lead guitarist on the TV show "Glee" for four years) and playing my original music in over 150 performing arts centers all over the USA, I'm able to confidently perform my original music in ANY public performance situation. Through a lot of creative struggles in the last 15 years of professionally writing, recording, and performing music, I've refined my creative process so I can finally help you fearlessly write powerful lyrics and awesome music.
I was born and raised in Olympia, Washington and I'm the middle child. When I'm not touring, writing, arranging or recording, you'll find me drinking strong black coffee, eating cheese enchiladas, listening to my dad's old records from the 70's, shooting hoops, or ferry-hopping the often stormy seas of the Puget Sound. I'm also very excited to marry the girl of my dreams, Camille, in 2020!