Ninja Spotlight – Derrick Fury

cornerstoneOur resident Lyricist and Ninja MC, Derrick Fury, recently performed at the Cornerstone Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois. With upcoming performances scheduled for Frank-N-Stein’s and Jet Lounge in Houston, TX, now would be a good opportunity for our readers to get to know a little bit about this up-and-coming artist.

For me, the reason I wanted to profile Derrick’s story on this site is because one of his songs influenced me greatly in my own personal life, helping get me through a dark time when I was fighting an up-hill battle, feeling like a victim.

That song, ‘Struggles,’ a rap surely inspired by Fury’s own tribulations, helped me realize that everyone has their own struggles in life and that, by fighting to win these internal battles, you can get through adversity to become a better human in the long-run.

FB&WYou can listen to ‘Struggles’ and a few other select tracks from Derrick Fury by visiting his Myspace Music page. You can also connect with Derrick through Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you Derrick Fury for continuing to put out meaningful music in an age that has increasingly become a vacuum for musical artistry with a true message. You helped me realize that I am not a unique snowflake and that getting through my struggles comes with its own intrinsic reward at the end. In a not-so-small way, you’ve played a part in helping me become a better person. Music does that to people. And for giving me that, I am both a friend and a fan.

Upcoming Performances

Date: August, 16 2009 06:00 PM
Location: Frank N Steins Bar & Grill
Address: 9907 S Highway 6, Sugar Land, Texas 77498 – Free
Details: Performers: Listener, fienix and Derrick Fury.
Cost: Free show, good food and great music.

Date: September, 4 2009 06:30 PM
Location: Jet Lounge
Address: 1515 Pease St, Houston, TX, Texas 77002
Cost: Advance Tickets : $8.00

The Story of Derrick Fury

DSC03776Derrick first began writing lyrics at the age of 13 after a family member gave him a used copy of Kool Moe Dee’s “How Ya Like Me Now” LP. Later, he tested his skills (or lack thereof) in school hallways and neighborhood cipher sessions while living in West Covina, California. Then after a sudden change of scenery, Derrick found himself residing in the lower eastside of Houston, Texas. It was there that he developed his talent at house parties, night clubs, and anywhere else he could find a crowd and a microphone.

After high school, Derrick joined forces with different crews at varies times in his development as an artist and a human being. Wanting to peruse a deeper direction in both music and life, he took what he learned from each experience and began to write new songs as a soloist. Derrick hit the studio and released his first independent LP “No Retreat No Surrender”. He then returned with his sophomore indie release entitled “Stay Alert”. The underground buzz from these two projects gained him the ability to tour the U.S. and parts of Europe, performing in front of small and large crowds alike.

Currently in the studio working on new projects, Derrick draws creative influence from the music of Ben Harper and Stevie Ray Vaughn among others. Stylistically his music has been called a “John Mayer” meets “The Roots” sound, with lyrics that examine the human soul. Reflecting pain and sorrow as well as hope, faith, love, and strong infuses on his journey of spiritual growth. With lyric anyone with the human spirit can identify with – this artist makes music for all people.

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