DeGrate is the surname of the family that has brought new flavor to the music industry for decades. Now Derek DeGrate steps out with a solo project, also featuring the production of Dalvin DeGrate of JODECI and Justin Burton-DeGrate.

DeGrate is the surname of the family that has brought new flavor to the music industry for decades. Now Derek DeGrate steps out with a solo project, also featuring the production of Dalvin DeGrate of JODECI and Justin Burton-DeGrate.

I like to check out a new artist before I put up a press release, that was hard to do with DeGrate. The only music I could find, were those annoying snippets that are designed for the off chance a pirate might come along with the software to capture it.  The fear of having someone take a song outweighs the need to have it available for people who want to hear an artist that isn’t on the radio. From the tiny bit I heard he has a great voice and the songs seem to have potential. Normally I would provide you with his MySpace page to check out the music but there are only snippets there and on his website. His record label DuffStuff Records did not have a website. Losillë

The album is titled Derek DeGrate “The Other Brother”, with the flavor of the album ranging from urban inspirational lyrics, to urban R&B music tracks. The album captures the attention of urban music lovers and gospel music lovers.

Derek is the other brother of DeVante and Dalvin, of the multi-platinum R&B group, JODECI. Like his older brother DeVante, and baby brother Dalvin, he has been involved in music ever since he was a child actually singing solos in church, at age 5.

Derek has written several songs including 3 Top-20 national charted songs in the gospel market. He has also written or performed bass guitar lines for several projects, including JODECI, and major movie soundtracks including “Strictly Business”, starring Halle Berry and Tommy Davidson. One of Derek’s greatest opportunities was working on a project for Michael Jackson, which he worked with his brother, DeVante.

The new album contains tracks featuring DeVante and Dalvin, and is a style with smooth grooves, hip beats all with lyrics that are dedicated to GOD. “It’s real cool to be feelin a beat like you hear on your favorite R&B or pop radio station, and at the same time express your love for GOD for waking you up in the morning!” says Derek.

Derek DeGrate “The Other Brother”, available now.