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Hi Derek! Thank you for speaking with me today!

Will you tell us about the most recent song you released?

My latest single I released is called “Lost Time” and it’s probably my favorite so far! I felt really good about this song when I recorded it and was super excited for the release. I’ve gotten a ton great feedback about it and I’m just hoping to get it out there for more people to hear!

What inspires the music you write?

There’s not one particular thing that inspires my music. The inspiration may come from a phrase I heard of read, it may be the way a melody on the guitar makes me feel, or maybe I just have some lyrics on my mind in a particular moment and I put it down on paper. Inspiration comes from so many places.

What draws you to the genre of music you create?

Just the ability to be myself. I try not to be like everyone else in the Country world and that’s something you’ll see more of in the future. But I feel like Country gives me the ability to be broad in my style without getting too far away from it. I still pull inspiration from my Soul/R&B side as well as other genres I’ve been influenced by because that’s what has made me the artist I am today.

Do you ever get nervous before releasing new music? If so, how do you work through that?

Not really, I’m typically just excited to get it out. Whether people like it or not is out of my control… as long as I like it that’s all that really matters!

What is your favorite part of releasing new music into the world?

Definitely people’s reaction to it. I honestly love getting messages from people who appreciate my music and go out of there way to tell me.

What are some songs or artists you have been enjoying lately?

Well I’ve always had a love for soulful music since I was a kid and so I’ve been listening to a lot of The Marcus King Band lately. They’re so bluesy and soulful and it’s just great music!

Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music!

Follow me on TikTok and Instagram @derek_skelton and you can listen to my music on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other music platforms!

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