2003 Juno winner is an accomplished songwriter, singer musician, performer, having dedicated himself to his music since he first picked up a guitar at age 14. Derek’s debut CD, Music is the Medicine, is a stunning statement of deft musicianship and outstanding rock-pop cross-over sensibility, steeped in a searing cauldron of blues-based rock.
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Derek is most comfortable in center spotlight, having been brought to the attention of veteran and well respected musicians such as Daniel Lanois, Robbie Robertson and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Miller opened for Buffy on a concert toured in support of his debut EP Sketches, resulting in Best Male Artist at the 999 Aboriginal Music Awards. That same year, Derek co-produced the Fingermonkey cd for Keith Secola and the Wild Band of Indians, which won a Native American Music Award in 2000 for Best Independent Album.
Music Is The Medicine is Derek’s first full-length solo cd. The album was recorded in the fall of 2002 with Juno Award winning producer Brandon Friesen, and is released on the Grammy Award winning label, SOAR Records in the USA, and on Arbor Records in Canada.
Miller was honoured with the 2003 Outstanding Musical Achievement award, presented at the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Hollywood on Feb 8, 2003, by the First Americans In The Arts (FAITA), North America’s most established and longest-standing native American Awards event.
Miller’s special performance at Celebrating American Music – a 2003 Grammy Fest concert for Grammy delegates in New York at ABC’s new Times Square Studio, supports the activity around Derek’s Medicine release stateside. Miller caught the attention of the Canadian music industry, at the 2003 Canadian Music Week’s Sennheiser Lounge industry hospitality suite, leaving a traditionally-critical industry crowd stomping and screaming for more – and Derek, with a full endorsement from Sennheiser (Canada) Inc. Derek is ready to tour to support the new cd.
Aside from his 2003 Juno win for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, Derek is the producer for another Juno-nominated title, Standing Strong, by Arbor/SOAR label-mate, Chester Knight.
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