Derrick Monk
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Derrick Monk

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States | SELF

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States | SELF
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Derrick Monk was born in Dallas, Texas, but was reared in Oakland, California. Monk, as he is affectionately called by friends, began his professional music career at 17 years of age; while singing and playing the organ at St. Paul C.O. G.I.C. as their Music Director. But the real beginning came while performing at home for his mother at the tender age of five years old. Not the only one with musical talents; Monk hails from a musical family. In 1986, Derrick along with his brothers Frederick and Roderick formed a group called “FDR” and were signed to Fantasy Records in Berkely, CA. Monk, exploring the full range of his musical abilities, was involved with the production of “FDR’s” first album as well as singing and playing for the group and shortly thereafter formed his own production company, called D Monk Productions. During the course of the next couple of years; Monk began producing/co-producing albums for various artists in the Bay Area all while producing and providing back-up vocals for platinum recording artist 12 Gauge. Derrick’s many accomplishments in the entertainment industry don’t stop there; he has song writing credits, production credits, stage play/film credits and has appeared on and won “Showtime At The Apollo” talent search contest. Monk is what you would call a “quadruple threat”, he sings, he plays musical instruments, he writes and he acts! He definitely is a force to be reckoned with; a universal talent, singing everything from ballads to funk to R&B and now returning to his true calling, Gospel. Derrick’s music resonates with you then sets out to inspire you to be the best “you” you can be. Derrick’s music has received air-play all over the country. His latest single, “I’ll Obey” speaks directly to letting God direct your path on your way to being the best “you”. Derrick Monk has had the blessed opportunity to meet and work with some powerful individuals in the entertainment industry from top record artists to movie industry moguls. By far his most impressive association and the one he savors the most is his association with the late, great James Brown. It was during 1992 that Derrick met the legendary James Brown, AKA “The Godfather of Soul”. A moment Monk calls a life-changing moment, (meeting James Brown), which led to his being A&R Director/Producer/Songwriter for “The New James Brown Enterprises” in Augusta, Georgia. This association changed the face of Monk’s career and led to a lasting relationship; one that lasted until the death of James Brown, his mentor, his friend and as Monk likes to affectionately call him, “pops”. One of Derrick’s saddest and most cherished moments was when he was asked to perform “God Has Smiled On Me” at the star-studded home-going celebration for his friend and mentor – James Brown, which aired nationwide on CNN World Wide. Derrick Monk attributes his success today to God Almighty! He believes that if you don’t stop, one day your dreams will become reality; but only if you trust GOD and have faith everyday.