Derek Charles Johnson is a Christ-follower, worship leader, blogger, and songwriter residing in Spring Hill, Tennessee. His musical style blends acoustic-driven and synth-laden melodies alongside warm, rich vocals.
Derek's new album, Seeing For The First Time is an original 7-song offering that features an upbeat, pop-infused style with lyrical hooks finding their basis in Biblical truths; all challenging the listener to take a deeper look at their own faith and dependence upon God. Often ranging in comparison to Mac Powell (Third Day), Jeremy Camp, or Bebo Norman, Derek's vocals are soothing yet commanding all at once. Each song takes the listener on a journey and is unique in its own right, featuring diversity from track to track and in one theme to the next. Still, the overall message of the project is that of dependence and reliance upon God despite the highs and lows of life. Whether it's the honest declaration of Pray ("I have prayed full of faith but somedays you don't answer like I think you should"), the absolute trust in the Psalm-like Watch Over Me, or the call to follow after Jesus despite not knowing all the answers (The Jesus Dare), each song makes a statement that stands on its own. More overt worship-themes are found on tracks God of All and My Hope Is In The Cross, each lending themselves to corporate offerings. Rounding out the album, title track Seeing For The First Time and Doing Something New both incorporate synth and pop sounds while featuring uncompromising lyrics and truths.
These new songs have been the result of a collaboration with producer Jay Speight (Bottle Rockit Productions) and feature co-writes with Jay, Ross King, Cooper Bascom, Brian Yak as well as songs written by Kenna Turner West and Aaron Cox. “I know every artist says this, but I believe these new songs are the best work I've done and I've asked God to bring about His perfect will throughout this process. I cannot wait to release these songs and am excited about the doors God is opening.”
Derek is available for booking at churches, conferences, music festivals, and other events.