Critically acclaimed Dove Award nominated, Stellar Award and multiple BMI Award-winning songwriter and producer Derrick Starks celebrates the official launch of his imprint, Starks Music Group and a partnership with the Nashville based United Alliance Music Group with distribution through The Orchard/Sony Music/New Day.
UAMG CEO, Founder and veteran music industry label executive Paul Wright stated, “Well, here we grow again. The UAMG family bursts with joy at the addition of Derrick Starks and the Starks Music Group. Derrick Starks is a music wonder with multiple talents as a singer, songwriter, music director and producer. For the better part of 2 decades, he has played a huge part in helping to contour and add definition to the American Gospel Songbook. Having worked with artists at the forefront of the Gospel music idiom, Derrick has penned songs that will be sung and played for years to come. We are elated to be a part of the next leg of what we know will be a fruitful journey and great adventure.”
Derrick Starks adds, “To simply say that I am excited would be a gross understatement, I am definitely beyond that. This is the realization of a life long dream. It is both refreshing and encouraging when the right people are able to sense the essence of what you are trying to do as a creative. I am and will be forever grateful to Paul Wright for extending this opportunity for us to take Gospel music to another level. Starks Music Group is about to unleash something into the earth and you are in store for some great Gospel music. I am lost without the support of my wife Gretchen, my children, my family, the SMG team, my D town (Detroit) and Atlanta extended family and everybody. Now let’s get to work.”
Starks Music Group is mounting an aggressive plan for the release of the hugely anticipated Derrick Starks Family and Friends Choir CD with the first single headed to radio at the dawn of Summer. SMG will announce additional signings in the coming weeks. Gearing up for the on the go season, Starks will hit the summer convention circuit as well as a return trip overseas as guest clinician for the International School of Gospel Music workshop in Denmark.