We continue our “Ask…” series this week with a singer-songwriter who has been back in the headlines recently with the release of his latest album, I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You.
A veteran of the Christian music industry, Derek first gained prominence as a member of the folk rock band Caedmon’s Call, and then later embarked on a successful solo career. As a member of Caedmon’s Call, Derek saw career sales approaching 1 million records, along with 10 GMA Dove Award nominations, three Dove Award wins, and six #1 Christian radio hits. Since leaving Caedmon’s Call, Derek has released seven studio albums, generating some controversy—particular with Stockholm Syndrome, a more electronic album in which Derek wrestles with tough questions around sexuality, race, and social justice. Derek lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, fellow singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken.
Derek's new album, which releases today, is entitled I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry, & I Love You. Derek says the themes on the album include battling cynicism (“Everything Will Change”), coming to terms with who God made you to be (“Eye of the Hurricane”), Jesus’ nearness to those who are disenfranchised (“Closer Than You Think”), unity among the divisions of the church (“A Place at Your Table”), the hard work of marriage (“The Vow”), and God’s great love (“Love Part 3”). He says that the album is “easily the most confessional and autobiographical work of my career.”
You know the drill! If you have a questions for Derek about his life, his music, or his thoughts on the universe, leave it in the comment section. Be sure to utilize the “like” feature so we can get a sense of what questions are of most interest to you. After 24-hours, I'll pose seven of the most popular questions to Derek and post his responses next week.
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