Derek Olds

Derek Olds

 Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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Derek Olds consistently breaks the barrier between artist and audience, with a voice that is haunting and stirring. His diverse talent has been shared with some of today's hottest national acts such as Janelle Monáe, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Matisyahu, Maroon 5 - to name a few.

Biography

"We are here, on this planet, to know love” says Derek, a theme that is rampant throughout his seamless, organic songwriting and spirit. "Despite our conflicting upbringings and isolated experiences, we experience the most important emotion exactly the same.” With his arresting blue eyes, he draws you in and ultimately possesses you with his message, sprawled over an epic album that took years and perseverance in making. His quest in recent travels and performances has taken him across the waters. From places like Haiti, where he wrote the socially relevant “Shelter”, to Holland, France, Bolivia, and Brazil - where he sang to celebrate life and passion, his variety of experience has etched in him a strong sense of purpose through music.

His massive talent has been shared with some of today's hottest national acts such as Janelle Monáe, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Matisyahu, Maroon 5 - to name a few. In March 2010, he was honored by the Grammy Association as one of six finalist for the '2010 Florida Grammy Showcase'. His open-mindedness and extreme influences, crossing the arc from Bjork and Radiohead, to Garth Brooks, Peter Gabriel and Tiesto have both new and established artists fighting for his time to produce their current projects.

Hailing from the historic musical air of Memphis, Derek started composing as soon as he could write, and wasted no time in starting a band and touring independently. His intense itinerary on the road and in the studio has developed a loyal and motivated fan base. With each set, he breaks the barrier between artist and audience, with a voice that is haunting and stirring. “I want to tell the whole story, the entire world I am experiencing, every word is true, every note is important”, a sensibility reaching the ears with roots in timeless rock, but surprising with electronic rhythms and ethereal soundscapes. We often hear him mention the “computer” as "just another instrument - another tool to convey emotion". As a result, he has strived and excelled in every aspect of modern music from writing, to production, to sound engineering, resulting in truly individual records.

“I'm ready now. I'm open. I know myself. I have found 'My Dream'”.

Lyrics

Woman

Written By: Derek Olds

I’ve searched the world over, from your land to mine
I’ve seen every sunset, til my eyes went blind
But all at once it came to me, as her shadow caught my eye
She’s was everything I’d ever dreamed, my devil in disguise

She’s gonna be my woman, my little girl
She could be the only little bit of anything
That I’ve had in my world

See I haven’t been praying, oh for oh so long
But I woke up this morning next to her, and there was nothing was wrong
She said I want you inside me, she said I want you to seek
Whatever brings you pleasure, oh whatever you need

She is my woman, she’s my little girl
She is the only little bit of anything
That I've had in my world
She came to save me, she slipped in through my veins
She could be the only thing I’d ever need, my pleasure my pain
She is my woman

I had a woman, she was everything to me
But I thought I had to leave her, I had to set her free
But now I need her inside, cause’ only through her eyes I see
And it could take my whole damn life, just bring her back to me
Cause she’s my woman
She is my girl
She is the only thing that’s ever made sense
She’s my whole world

She is my woman, my little girl
She is the only little bit of anything
That I’ve had in my world
But I thought I had to leave her
I had to push her aside
And it could take my whole damn life
To get back one night

She is my woman
She’s my little girl

She’ll always be my girl

My Only

Written By: Derek Olds

From the first breath that we shared
It wasn’t air, it wasn’t air
I feel frightened, and often a little scared
That I won’t be there, when you need me baby

So if you wanna come home, if you wanna come
We’ve got time now, before the sun
Takes you away again

Chorus
Will you be my only...
Be my only one

Has she heard it recently
Does she know that she will never be alone, again..
Just know that, I’ll wait for, As long as it
May take for you to find your way

Victoria

Written By: Derek Olds

Now I’m old enough to understand, what you’ve done for me
I’m still young enough to always find a way, to disagree
You’ve been the one that I have run to, for all of my life
I can promise you this, everything’s gonna be alright tonight

Chorus
You were always there to pick me up, when I was crawling
You stand behind me and catch me
When I’m fallin, I’m fallin, I’m fallin
When I’m fallin I know you’ll always be there

Victoria

I’ve never found the words
No melody, no verse
To pay you for a single day
But you’ll be the one I’ll tell my children of
I hope that’s enough, I hope that’s enough

Even though I know I’ll have to leave some day
Though I’m gone, I’ll never really, ever go away

Guilty Pleasure

Written By: Derek Olds

Don’t wanna be just another reason for you to
Float above the ground
I’ve been meaning to tell you for so long baby
But my head’s been spinning around
I don’t know, I could say this
To keep you waiting
But you are exactly what I need

Chorus
She’s my guilty pleasure
Through drastic measures
I’m so glad I met her
And I would never, ever, let her down

Don’t want you to think that I don’t feel your body
In every city and every town
I’m so sorry, forgive me
For never being around

We both know, what they’re saying
It’s so frustrating
Is this real, or just another dream

Bridge
The distance, I can handle
But the waiting is out of control
In my defense
I'd do it over, and over again

Chorus

Let her down
I won’t let her down

My Dream

Written By: Derek Olds

Call it chance, call it fate, call it what you please
That we could find love, before we could wake-up

If you ask the rain as it falls, tell me how you feel
Said I don’t know, but I know that we can float
I don’t know, but I know that we can float

Chorus
When I came here, I had nothing
Now I must leave
With what you’ve given me
Finally, a reason to sleep

Now I know these walls are high, but we’ve got time
We’ve got tonight, that’ll be just fine
And I’ll ask you again, how do you feel
Said I don’t know
But I know to take it slow

Chorus
When I came here, I had nothing
And now I have you
And all the things you do
When I came here, I had nothing
Now I must leave
With what you’ve given me
Finally, a reason to sleep

Break Out

Written By: Derek Olds

Deep in this illusion in my mind
All I see is confusion in
In your eyes

Seven days of forgiveness, stuck in time
All we need is a moment
So we can break out

My mind is racing, with things, I should have know
My body is shaking, it's spinning out of control

Chorus
Is this not the way that Love goes
Is this not the life that we chose
Is this not the way that Love goes
Is this just the life that we chose
Is this not the life?

They say it’s only delusion in my mind
But there’s got to be a solution, a reason why
7 nights of for a chance to make it right
All we need is a moment
To find a way out

Are You Ready

Written By: Derek Olds

It’s been two years since I met you
I had no clue you’d be the one to
Take me over, You take me over
It’s my newest invention
Giving all my attention
You take me over, you take me over

You will never be alone
Cause you’ve got me right down to my bones

Chorus
I propose, it’s finally time for me
To tell you I am ready, so are you ready
It’s a lonely road, until find your way home
I am ready, so are you ready
To let go

Right now it seems too good to be true
But there are so many things we’ll have to go through
They’ll make us stronger
They’ll only make us stronger, stronger

You will never be alone
Cause you’ve got me right down to my bones

Shelter

Written By: Derek Olds

It’s the fire, before the thunder
It’s one last breathe, before going under
We never thought this could ever take so long
We didn’t know we would have to be this strong

Chorus
We will search until we find
Some shelter from this weather
So come on

It's the feelings, before the healing
It's all the sacrifice, before revealing
It's knowing that the road is still so long and hard
It was everything we could do, just to come this far
Come on

Chorus
We will search until we find
Shelter from this weather
Cause time is on our side
This is not forever, we will find shelter
Shelter from this weather

We never thought this could ever take so long
We never knew we would have to be this strong

Chorus
We will search until we find
Shelter from this weather
Cause time is on our side
We can fight this forever, til we find shelter
Some shelter from this weather

Ready To Fall

Written By: Derek Olds

I, can only imagine
What it, would feel like to hold you again
I swear your touch is amazing
Your love, was providing the purpose
And now, it all seems worthless
Come back, I’m tired of hurting

You give life meaning
You give me reason to live, to live

I’ll be waiting?Until you return and stop the end
Oh, won’t you save me

Chorus
I'm Ready to fall when you are

You, were keeping me standing
But now, I'm slowly falling down
Cause your not around to save me

You give life meaning
You give me reason to live, to live

I’ll be waiting?Until you return and stop the end
Oh, won’t you save me

Set List

.5 - 3 hours. Mostly original tunes interspersed with covers from acts like Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, Live, STP, Prince, Radiohead, U2, Tool, Aerosmith, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Tool, etc.