Derek Sandstrom

Derek Sandstrom

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Introspective, Christ-centered, piano Pop with strong, clear vocals and a dash of saxophone

Biography

Honesty. Introspection. Integrity. Passion. Focus. These are things Derek Sandstrom wants out of life, and they come through in his music. Since dedicating his life and music to Jesus Christ, these are things that have become foundational to Derek, and he seeks to share them through every performance of music he offers.

Derek owes many people thanks for his foundation of faith, including his parents, grandparents, and home church in Abington, PA, for introducing him to what it means to follow God in real life. Derek recalls how his grandfather's prayers always included a request for “a closer walk with Thee.” In time Derek would grow to understand what that means and just how important it is.
Music has always meant a lot to Derek. From figuring out hymns and commercial jingles on a small, electronic organ, to participating in his school's music program as a student, to performing music at the highest levels including at Carnegie Hall with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chorale, to belting it out as the lead singer of rock bands, Derek has sampled a wide array of musical performing. Music is as ingrained in Derek as breathing, and he can't imagine life without it.

Another thing he can't imagine life without is family. From growing up in the Philadelphia area in a Christian home to starting his own family with his college sweetheart, Sheri, family is extremely important to Derek. “Family is a series of illustrations of God's love and care for us,” says Derek, “and it gives us incredible opportunities for growth.” Derek and Sheri have two wonderful boys: Morgan, 6, and Carter, 2. They live in central Pennsylvania, between Harrisburg and York.

What kind of a musician is Derek? He is a singer, a songwriter, a composer, an arranger, an instrumentalist, a teacher, and a lover of music. He has played in hard rock bands, saxophone quartets, jazz ensembles, classical wind ensembles, choral groups of all configurations, and marching bands. He has written music for himself, for bands, for choirs. He loves music of all kinds. “It's like flavors of ice cream to me, “ he says. “There's nothing wrong with vanilla, but sometimes you want something different. There are so many different kinds of music out there, and all of them with some type of beauty. I'm blessed to have tried making so many!”

These days Derek's music is still about his own heart, but it's mostly about what Jesus has done there. And he still tries to give folks a smile with his music, like when he goes to play big band music for nursing homes.

What is the future for Derek's music? He doesn't know. But with God at the helm, you can be sure it will be something very special and powerful. “The unknown can be scary. But I have put my future, and my family's future, in God's hands. So we have no reason to fear.”

Thank you, Lord, for yesterday. Thank you for today. Bring on tomorrow.

Lyrics

I Know The Plans

Written By: Derek Sandstrom

V1:
The sky is dark and cold again
Seems like a year since there’s been sun
Your fears press in against you
Like heavy clouds above you
Feels like the good days are all done

V2:
I know the rain is falling down
You feel you’re chilled right to the bone
Although you cannot see it,
I’m with you, just believe it
This stormy road will lead you home

Chorus1:
I know the plans I have for you
I know the road I’ll lead you through
I’ll give you hope and future, too
Though the sky’s dark and you’re cold in the rain
I’ll bring you into the sunshine again
I know, I know the plans I have for you

V3:
The battle takes its toll on you
You’re bruised and aching from the war
The pain goes on within you
An angry voice inside you
Is saying you can take no more

V4:
The enemy has drawn his sword
The troops attack from all around
Though evil descends upon you
I am here to defend you
My victory will abound

Chorus2:
I know the plans I have for you
I know the road I’ll lead you through
I’ll give you hope and future, too
Though you feel battered and broken inside
Here in my arms there’s a safe place to hide
I know, I know the plans I have for you

Bridge:
And when you pray I will listen
And when you seek me you’ll find
Always remember I’m your Father
Never forget you are mine

Chorus3:
I know the plans I have for you
I know the road I’ll lead you through
I’ll give you hope and future, too
Though you may feel that it’s too much to bear
I can still handle your every care
I know, I know the plans I have for you

Worthless

Written By: Derek Sandstrom

There’s a voice in my ear that I sometimes hear
When I’m by myself
And it nags at me when it can see
I’m not so strong
And it speaks with the words I’ve often heard
Stinging in my brain
Stupid, lazy, worthless

Well, I admit that it’s true that I often do
Things that I should not
And it’s clear to me that so frequently
I’m not so strong
But there’s a Father above, full of grace and love
Who sees it differently
Precious, ransomed, forgiven
If that’s the way that Jesus looks at me
Then who am I to dare to disagree?

I am not worthless
No, how can I be
When the Maker of the universe has
Died for me
I am not worthless
I was bought with a heavy price
So I’ll live my life believing in His sacrifice
I am not worthless

Well that voice still may speak when it knows I’m weak
The same old angry words
And it’s easy for me to believe them when
I’m not so strong
So I make my vow right here and now
To believe what God has said
I’m treasured, washed clean, righteous
It’s not that I deserve it on my own
It’s just a gift that comes from Christ alone

I am not worthless
No, how can I be
When the Maker of the universe has
Died for me
I am not worthless
I was bought with a heavy price
So I’ll live my life believing in His sacrifice
I am not worthless

Discography

Rest (2000)
The Mirror (2003)
How Do I Explain? (2008)

All tracks available for sampling on www.dereksandstrom.com, and for download at the iTunes Music Store and other digital outlets.

Set List

(*=not my original song)

How Do I Explain
O Lord My God
Be Thou My Vision*
Your Time
Worthless
I Know The Plans
Today
Reflections on a Rainy Afternoon
The Father Knows
What A Friend We Have In Jesus*

Concerts typically last 45-60 min.