You're a Winner
Derrell was born in Chicago, Illinois. At 13 months of age, Derrell's parents moved to Los Angeles, California. His father was a baker at the famous Farmers Market in Southern, Calfornia near Hollywood. At a very young age he exhibited an interest in music. When Derrell was 9 years old he began playing the violin, a year later at the age of 10 he began playing the drums. One day his mother took him to a parade in Riverside, California. Derrell was drawn to the loud musical announcements the Trumpet's were making during the parade. At that point the Trumpet became the instrument of choice. At the age of 17 during the early 70's, he formed a band in Riverside, California called the Paynne Band. This was a funk band, playing the top 40 songs of the day. In the late 70's Derrell's Family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. There he joined the MYCA band at the age of 19. This was a band with a strong horn and rhythm section. This group was the opening act for Earth Wind and Fire in Baltimore Maryland. While a member of the MYCA band he experienced his first recording session in a 64 tract studio. In the early 80's after graduating from Towson University Derrell moved back to California and joined the L.S. Movement band. This was a band with a musical style of 'Rick James'. While in this group he recorded a mean Trumpet solo on the song 'Try It you Might Like It'. Also while in the L.S. Movement band, Derrell played in Las Vegas for several months,recording in a studio in Las Vegas which Glady's Knight and the Pips used. You're a Winner Features the vocal artistry of Michael Story of Nashville, TN a magical voice to be heard. Derrell's musical style is forever evolving, lending a fresh approach to blending the trumpet with today's sound of music. Please support this artist.