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Derek Anthony Goes After His Dreams - by Alan Mercer 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - All Photos taken at Sundance Square in Fort Worth:  By Alan Mercer 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

There is more to Derek Anthony than first meets the eye. Though primarily a musician, he is also an entrepreneur with several businesses and a strong advocate for various Cancer Charities. As far as music goes, Derek can best be described as a contemporary country style artist, with some traditional taste of country music embedded into his sound and feel.  He has always had a passion for music, instrumentally and vocally. From the age of six, Derek was singing songs from George Strait, Kenny Rogers, and Alabama, to Glen Campbell. In addition to vocals, Derek has played a wide range of instruments including trumpet, banjo, guitar, saxophone, harmonica, baritone, and piano. 

Growing up in St. Louis, he was deeply involved with music in the school system at a young age.  Derek attended Missouri State University.  His parents have always instilled in him a very strong work ethic and emphasized “go for your dreams.”  For the past ten years, Derek has resided in Keller, Texas, where he started his own label and has been entrenched in the Texas music scene.  He is a regular at the world-famous Billy Bob’s and has opened up for Pat Green, Josh Turner, Kansas, Sara Evans, Aaron Watson, Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black, Jo Dee Messina, and many others. 

Derek’s live performances are high energy with extensive crowd interaction. His band “The D-Train Band” is one of the strongest bands in the country genre - a must see.  Derek is eager to broaden his musical career into the mass market appeal and produce memorable music that embraces emotion, fun, and touches the hearts of millions of fans. 

Derek’s single ‘Cowboy Way’ was on radio for 26 straight weeks averaging 1000 spins a week.  ’Cowboy Way’ is also being played in AT&T Stadium at the Dallas Cowboys home games.  Once you hear the song, you will know why.  Derek’s style ranges from country rock to a strong traditional ballad with a full range of vocals.  His style is what makes him unique. 

 The song ‘Give It to Me Strait’ was written with the concept of taking some of Derek’s favorite George Strait songs and incorporating a George Strait title or lyric to fit just right into his tune.  The hook is about a couple not being honest with each other- just stop wasting time and "Give It to Me Strait".   Derek's silky traditional sound and creative lyrics makes you really listen for the references. 

Derek's latest EP titled 'Dreamcatcher 1' featuring such great songs as 'Change The World,'  'Man Up, Man Down' and 'What's Love Supposed To' with Holly Tucker,  is available for download now. 

Alan Mercer: It’s easy to see the passion you have for what you do Derek. When did you know you wanted to be an entertainer? 

Derek Anthony:  I’ve known since I was six. I would sing in the back of the station wagon. It always seemed natural to memorize the words and sing on key. People say it’s a gift and I believe it is. 

AM: I believe it’s a gift as well. 

DA:  You are either tone deaf or you’re not. (laughter) Now, what do you want to do with that? Does it make you feel good? When I’m having a bad day of events I come home and pick up the guitar and either sing a cover or do one of my originals or sometimes write a new song about how I am feeling that day. 

AM:  Did you sing in high school? 

DA:  I was in choir and high school musicals like ‘Music Man’ and ‘Hello Dolly’ as well as being the bass singer in a quartet. I have a theater and acting background. I was always interested in all the arts and back then it wasn’t as cool as it is now. 

AM:  True. 

DA:  Now you have all these acapella groups and theater groups. I was going to major in music at Missouri State but when I went to sign up for the classes the woman asked me, “If I realized I would have to take four years of marching band for a music degree here at Missouri State?” I said, “Are you kidding me?” So, I changed my major to computer information systems. 

AM:  Even though music was in your soul? 

DA:  I played first chair trumpet for four years as well as playing sax, banjo and guitar. I was captain of the baseball team and I tried out for major league baseball teams. 

AM: Wow, you are good at so many things but it’s all natural for you. 

DA:  It is. I’m always going full-throttle, 100%.  I just have a passion for life. I’m a serial entrepreneur. I’ve started six different companies just to pay the bills. I have my own recording label and I’ve had it for nine years. 

AM:  How did you even start that? 

DA:  I got the investors with the perspective I pitched. I got everything legal. In the music business, on the business side, you run out of money pretty quick. It’s hard to separate the two sides of being an artist and the label guy. It’s easy to get caught up in it like a drug. 

AM:  How do you feel about the Texas music scene? 

DA:  All us artists in Texas live in a great scene because we can play our original songs and the audience will like them. If you go out of state and play an original the audience screams to play Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley songs. 

AM:  You are gaining your own following more and more. 

DA:  I do feel like there’s a movement of 80’s and 90’s Country music, which is my favorite genre, in the Nashville sound that includes some Country Rock and what I call Pop Country. I’m a hybrid of all that. 

AM:  You write most of your songs, don’t you? 

DA:  Yes, I co-write with Randee Lee who comes from that classic Rock background. A lot of the guitar riffs are Randy’s riffs. I love the idea of bringing classic Rock into either traditional or contemporary Country music. 

AM:  You have some of both types in your song mix. ‘Give It To Me Strait’ is pretty classic Country. 

DA:  That song is as traditional as it can get. It’s in the pocket and I believe it’s a home run song. 

AM:  Do you get frustrated when it becomes so difficult to get a record heard? 

DA:  I get frustrated because I don’t have the team and the resources behind me as an artist. That’s why you need Nashville or private investors. Any artist who has a hit song out there had some financial help getting over the hump. 

AM: You really need to focus on the capitol as much as the artistry. 

DA:  Like in any business that involves selling, you are selling a product. You have to market the product. You can’t expect success to happen by itself. It goes back to the old adage of “It takes a village” so I’m in the process of building my village economically, fan-wise, behind the scenes, social media, YouTube, radio and all that. 

AM:  Tell me how you got the Dallas Cowboys to play your song at their home games. 

DA:  That took six months of effort. It sounds weird but I followed all the cheerleaders on twitter and I finally got to the two ladies that run the organization. I told them it was a big anthem Country Rock sing-a-long song. So, it got approved after six months by going to a committee. It’s political like anything else. It’s in the playlist but it’s up to the DJ whether he is going to play the song or not. 

AM:  Have you got to hear it played at a game? 

DA:  I’ve heard it on TV a couple times in the background. I haven’t been to a game yet because it’s expensive. (Laughter) What I really want is a sponsor like Ford or Pepsi so I can play a half-time show. I have all these different things going on. 

AM:  How do you separate the natural tension of the “business side” from the more relaxed atmosphere of the “creative side?” 

DA:  It’s a little bit like schizophrenia. I’m passionate on the business side in doing what’s right for the brand but, I’m also a very sensitive person. If I believe in a cause then I will often write a song about it. I support six charities. I go and sing at the downtown Fort Worth Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder. I bring my guitar, no amps and I just hang out and give out free CD’s. 

AM:  That is so awesome! 

DA:  It brings up the room for the nurses too. I’m a people person and I can gage who feels bad and who is going to sing along. I get a lift out of it even though I do it strictly for the patients and nurses. 

AM:  You must have met some lovely people. 

DA:  I did meet a seven-year-old named Bryce Aswell who has an inoperable brain tumor. He’s normal. You would never know he is sick. I met his family and fell in love with this kid. I knew I wanted to do more. 

AM:  What were you able to do for Bryce? 

DA:   I have a relationship with the Texas Rangers so I sent them an email and said they had to meet this kid and his family. Would there be any way they could give him a day in the life of a Texas Ranger? I thought if he could meet a Ranger and get a souvenir pack, that would be great. I got an email 2 days later that said they were going to have Bryce throw out the first pitch! YES!!! 

AM:  So awesome! 

DA:  My wife and I went to the game with their whole family. It was awesome to hear the announcer say his name. We were on home plate and I was tearing up. That’s what drives me. It’s not beer or trucks or girls or tailgates, it’s life changing memories. I’m not here to brag, I’m here to tell you what really motivates me. 

AM:  I understand, you are basically a serious person with deep thoughts. 

DA:  Yes, even though I am jovial and happy and even charismatic so I don’t always come across as a serious person. Don’t get me wrong, I like to have fun too. I write funny songs too. I wrote ’Don’t Mess With PMS.’ 

AM:  Derek your albums and EP are exceptional. I love every song on them. Did you release an EP because people don’t release albums as much anymore? 

DA:  Yes, it doesn’t help me to release some 13-song album every three years. Today, to stay relevant, it’s all about the single. 

AM:  I love ‘Change The World.’ 

DA:  That song could be a hit. It’s frustrating not the have the resources to lift it into mass market appeal. 

AM:  Please just keep doing what you are doing as long as it’s authentic. 

DA:  I am the same performer if there are three thousand people or if there are three people. 

To learn more about Derek Anthony visit his web site https://derekanthony.net/.

Derek Anthony Goes After His Dreams  

All Photos taken at Sundance Square  

in Fort Worth:  Alan Mercer 

Derek Anthony Invited To Perform at CMA Fest (Nashville) 2016 

6/1/2016




KELLER, TX - Derek Anthony performs on lower broadway at the largest Country Music Festival in the world in Nashville!  Over 90,000 fans embark to Nashville to see their favorite artists perform, and Derek is no exception!  Make sure to check out all the photos and social media posts on Derek's facebook, instagram, and twitter pages!  See more at www.derekanthony.net.

Derek Anthony Single Release of "Long Line Of Longnecks" To Radio 

5/16/16

DALLAS / FT WORTH / AUSTIN / CHARLOTTE / NASHVILLE - PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT


BLUANT Music Group releases "Long Line Of Longnecks" to radio this week!  A single from his latest album "Cowboy Way", this tune is sure to get you going and get you in the mood for a few cold ones!  This will make Derek's fourth single release from the "Cowboy Way" album, in hopes to continue to broaden his reach in the country music scene and his fan base.  Please be sure to download "Cowboy Way" to get this single on your playlist!  Enjoy!  Available everywhere online!  See more at www.derekanthony.net.

Derek Anthony Homecoming Concert (St. Louis) September 16 2016 

3/20/16

KELLER, TX - BLUANT Music Group announces new date of Sept 16th for Derek Anthony's homecoming concert in St. Louis!  This is to be a packed show at the James Eagan Center in Florissant, MO.  

Derek was born and raised in Florissant, and will grace the very same stage he performed on in high school (Hello Dolly, Music Man, and many other performances).  Special guests and surprises planned!  Derek currently lives in Texas and has been touring in Texas for past six years!  Derek has opened up for Mark Chesnutt, Jo Dee Messina, Josh Turner, Kansas, Clint Black, Tracy Lawrence, Dierks Bentley and many, many other top grade artists!  THIS SHOW IS A MUST SEE!

GET TICKETS TODAY!  https://www.showclix.com/event/derekanthony

Dallas Cowboys Embrace Derek Anthony's "Cowboy Way" Single at Home Games 

9/3/15

KELLER, TX - For the past two years, the Dallas Cowboys has approved "Cowboy Way" to be played during home games at AT&T Stadium.  Please make sure you sing along with the chant and download the album today!

“Cowboy Way” is an upbeat/country rock feel that will rock the stadium. The song will really get the fans and players pumped up…“HEY..HEY..HEY…THAT’S THE COWBOY WAY!” The single is available online (Amazon, iTunes, Android Market, etc.) for purchase. Derek has been performing in Texas for over eight years at well-known venues like Billy Bobs, Texas Motor Speedway, House of Blues, and many more. Derek currently resides in Keller, Texas and records in Nashville with Steve Mandile as producer. Make sure you check out www.derekanthony.net for all the latest news”.

Derek Anthony To Join Tracy Lawrence On 7-Day Cruise 

8/5/15

KELLER, TX - BLUANT Music Group announces Derek Anthony open up for Tracy Lawrence on Norwegian Cruise Lines!  One of Derek's idols growing up, and he is thrilled to meet him and sing some tunes together!

If you are a travel agent, please keep us in mind for future "Country Cruises"!

Derek Anthony Releases Latest Single “If I Don’t” to Radio from the “Cowboy Way” Album 

7/23/15 NEW SINGLE RELEASE

Album: “Cowboy Way”   Label: B L U A N T Music Group   Producer – Steve Mandile 

KELLER, TX -  B L U A N T Music Group releases Derek Anthony’s latest single “If I Don’t” to radio August 2015.  Off his success with “Give It To Me Strait” release last year, this new single is a crowd favorite and Derek is hopeful radio feels the same way.  “If I Don’t” is off his latest album “Cowboy Way” produced by Steve Mandile.  “Cowboy Way” features the title track as heard at the Dallas Cowboys home games, plus “Eyes Of A Woman”, and many other tracks you have to hear!  Derek brings a traditional style with modern riffs and catchy rhythms that you will fall in love with. 

Derek is a regular at Billy Bob’s Texas, as well as many other venues across Texas.  Derek has opened up for Jo Dee Messina, The Cadillac Three, Josh Turner, Aaron Watson, Colt Ford, Deryl Dodd and many others.  Recently, he has been invited to open up for Tracy Lawrence on a seven day cruise.  Please see more info and join Derek on the cruise at www.tlcruise.com. 

The single will be promoted thru Cabin Creek Promotions to the 4-State region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana). 

For more information about Derek’s journey, please visit www.derekanthony.net. 

“Cowboy Way” album can be purchased on all major digital sites.

Derek Anthony Invited to Perform at SXSW – Austin 2015 

3/10/15

KELLER, TX –  BLUANT Music Group is proud to announce Derek Anthony has been invited to play two showcases in Austin this year and will be performing in Round Rock as well during music festival week.  We are thrilled be able to showcase his talents.  

Derek will be accompanied by Tim Georgeff, his band leader, playing keys and providing backup vocals.  If you are in the Austin area, Derek will be at The Dizzy Rooster at 3pm on March 18th, 121 N Main in Round Rock on March 18th at 7-9pm, and The Rooftop on Sixth at 7:15pm on March 19th.  Please come out and support this great artist.  Follow Derek and learn more at www.derekanthony.net.  All of Derek Anthony’s music can be purchased on all major digital music websites.

Derek Anthony Headlines at Historic Palace Theatre in Grapevine, Texas 

1/29/15

Online PR News – 29-January-2015 – Austin, TX – B L U A N T Music Group’s Derek Anthony takes his contemporary country music show to Grapevine, Tex., Feb. 27 for a concert to raise awareness of the battle to find a cure for ovarian cancer. 



Derek Anthony, a regular at Billy Bob’s and Gilley’s, will perform at the Palace Theatre in Grapevine, Texas, Feb. 27 to aid ovarian cancer awareness. 

The event will be staged at the historic Palace Theatre, home of Main Street Live (formerly Grapevine Opry Show) and the Penny Gilley Show, seen on RFD-TV. 

“We want to create more awareness to help aid early detection of ovarian cancer and find a cure. We’re excited to have the venue be Grapevine’s Palace Theater, with its strong heritage of country music.” 

A resident of Keller, Tex., Anthony is a regular at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth and Gilley’s at Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, Okla. He has a strong and growing following in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Southwest, opening for acts including Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Josh Turner, Kansas and others. His hit single “Cowboy Way” garnered six consecutive months of airplay on country music radio and has been featured at AT&T Stadium for Dallas Cowboys home games. 

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), in Dallas, will receive a portion of the proceeds from the concert. Derek Anthony has been affiliated with NOCC since a relative was stricken with the disease. “Ovarian cancer is especially insidious because it often goes undetected until in advanced stages,” Anthony said. “We want to create more awareness to help aid early detection and find a cure. We’re excited to have the venue be Grapevine’s Palace Theatre, with its strong heritage of country music.” 

B L U A N T Music Group vice president Colette Bellville said ticket prices have been kept low to make the event accessible to all. General admission tickets are available online for $10 plus a $2 service fee. Those who purchase a $17 ticket will receive a complimentary copy of his album, “Cowboy Way.” $30 VIP tickets include the album, a tee shirt and Meet & Greet backstage before the concert. “We also will welcome additional contributions to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition from anyone who wishes to do more,” Bellville said. 

Anthony is backed up by his acclaimed D-Train Band, a tight group of instrumentalists whose members each list more than 20 years professional experience, sharing the stage with performers including Keith Urban, Dierks Bently, Vince Gill, Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony. 

About Derek Anthony 

Derek Anthony is a contemporary country artist whose style also honors classic country. He draws on diverse influences including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Billy Joel, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Frank Sinatra to compose and perform creative lyrics that have an effortless, pleasing cadence and portray a wide range of emotions. For more information please visit http://derekanthony.net/.

Derek Anthony - 2014 Shiner Rising Star Finalist 

11/2/14

KELLER, TX – Every year, Shiner Beer (a very successful craft beer company based in Texas) sponsors a Texas music competition for up and coming artists.  After 22 bands, several months of live competitions, Derek Anthony is one of four finalists for the 2014 Shiner Rising Star.  Derek has been performing over eight years in Texas, and is thrilled to be recognized as one of the elite talents in Texas.  Derek has opened up for Mark Chesnutt, Aaron Watson, Tim McGraw, and many others.  Derek is one of the favorite house bands at Billy Bob’s Texas (world famous honky tonk in Ft. Worth).  With his sophomore album, “Cowboy Way” released last year, he is eager to get his music heard.  ”Cowboy Way” can be heard at all the Dallas Cowboys home game, and remained on national country radio for 26 straight weeks.  Just off his latest release “Give It to Me Strait”, has charted on the Texas charts and currently positioning this single/video to CMT, GAC, and many other video outlets online to be added in their rotation.  Derek states, ” I am so proud of the music video for “Give It to Me Strait”.  If you haven’t watched the video, you need to check it out.”  Just last week, Matt Caldwell, a successful Texas artist, was one of the panel judges and stated “You are one of the best bands I have seen in the past eight years, even with all my time in Nashville, you guys are tight, and have a great energy and talent.  Keep doing what you are doing.”  FINALS for the Shiner Rising Star will be held Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8pm at Love and War (Plano) location.  The winner receives at $10,000 recording contract with Shiner Records with award-winning producers in the Texas music industry.  See more at www.derekanthony.net.  Be sure to follow Derek on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Youtube.

Derek Anthony Releases New Single “Give It to Me Strait” and World Premiere Music Video July 1, 2014 

6/29/14



B L U A N T Music Group recording artist, Derek Anthony, releases his latest single “Give It to Me Strait”, from his latest sophomore album “Cowboy Way”.  Derek is coming off his success of the single “Cowboy Way” on radio for 26 straight weeks averaging 1000 spins a week (Dec ‘13 – April ‘14).  “Cowboy Way”, produced by Steve Mandile, is the title track to his latest 11 track album that can be found on all major sites.  Some exciting news you may not be aware of…“Cowboy Way” was played in AT&T Stadium at the Dallas Cowboy home games this past year.  Once you hear the song, you will know why (stadium feel and production is very solid).  Derek’s style ranges from country rock to a strong traditional ballad with a full range of vocals.  His style is what makes him unique. “Give It to Me Strait” was created with the concept of taking some of Derek’s favorite George Strait songs and incorporating a George Strait title or lyric to fit just right into his tune.  The hook is about a couple not being honest with each other- just stop wasting time and “Give It to Me Strait”.  Can you recognize all the Strait references?  Derek’s silky traditional sound and creative lyrics makes you really listen for the references. 

Derek can best be described as a contemporary country style with some traditional taste of country music embedded into his sound and feel.  He has always had a passion for music -instrumentally and vocally.  From the age of six, Derek was singing George Strait, Kenny Rogers, and Alabama, to Glen Campbell.   In addition to vocals, Derek has played a wide range of instruments (trumpet, banjo, guitar, saxophone, harmonica, baritone, and piano). The diversity of instrument experience gives Derek a wide range of styles and patterns to pull from while writing, performing, and composing songs. 

Derek enjoys writing creative lyrics that have a simple cadence. Moreover, turning a negative quality or situation into a comical play on words is a goal for Derek. The country music listener has always accepted this notion with open arms. 

Growing up in St. Louis, he was deeply involved with music in the school system at a young age.  Derek attended Missouri State University.  His parents have always instilled in him a very strong work ethic and emphasized “go for your dreams”.  For the past ten years, Derek has resided in Keller, Texas, where he started his own label and has been entrenched in the Texas music scene.  He is a regular at the world famous Billy Bob’s and has opened up for Pat Green, Josh Turner, Kansas, Colt Ford, and many, many others.  He has performed at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Texas Motor Speedway, Grapevine Opry, House of Blues (Dallas), Las Vegas, and many other venues across Texas.  Derek’s live performances are high energy with extensive crowd interaction. His band “The D-Train Band” is one of the strongest bands in the country genre – a must see.  Derek is eager to broaden his musical career into the mass market appeal and produce memorable music that embraces emotion, fun, and touches the hearts of millions of fans. 

The man behind the music is even more impressive.  Derek is a supporter of the NOCC (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition). The NOCC is a nonprofit organization that helps spread awareness of the signs/symptoms of this “silent killer”.  It is “more than a woman’s disease”.  You may view Derek’s testimonial video on his website.  Learn more at www.ovarian.org.  He is also involved with Snowball Express and The WoundedWarriorProject.org, two great organizations doing great things for our military heroes and families.



Be sure to check out the “Give It to Me Strait” MUSIC VIDEO released July 1, 2014.  Please see more at www.derekanthony.net or email BLUANT Music Group at info@bluantmusicgroup.com.