Derek Frank

2016-07-14

Derek Frank started with music at an early age. At the age of 5 he already had his own drumset and was setting in with his dad's bands. He started taking drum lessons at age 8 and then his musical career started to bloom. Frank played in several groups through high school, and also starred in numerous school productions including the lead role in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Big River, Aladdin, Babes in Arms, and several others. Frank then went on to be a percussion major at Eastern Illinois University. While attending EIU, Frank started playing more guitar and singing as a front man. He fronted several bands through the years, including The Quad Cities Favorite, Grazin District, and has opened for such artists as Blackberry Smoke, Phil Vassar, Big and Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, Levi Lowrey, Sunny Sweeny, Clay Cook from the Zac Brown Band, The Janedear Girls, Love and Theft, Runaway Saints, and Darryl Worley. In 2012 Frank Decided to further his journey and move to Nashville where he has been writing and recording with some of the industry's top names. 

Derek Frank just finished his Debut EP with Grammy nominated producer and writer, Robert White Johnson.  The 5 song EP features original tunes written by Frank and other contributing writers.  It also features some of the best studio musicians Nashville has to offer.

On top of his music career,  Frank is also the General Manager at the Nashville School of Rock.  Their students have performed at nearly every major venue in Nashville, as well as a featured spot on Train's Sail Across the Sun Cruise and got to perform with Train, The Wailers, A Great Big World, and John Driskell Hopkins from the Zac Brown Band.

Frank started his relationship with Valeton since his performances for the brand during Summer NAMM 2016.