Stage 4 Head and Neck Cancer and losing his voice from severe radiation and chemo treatments set the stage for Derek Vanderhorst’s long recovery and the return to his passion of music. His journey to reclaim and reshape his life at the age of 50 set the stage for his raw cathartic and humorous storytelling style.
Supported by his amazing friends Gabe Witcher of the punch Brothers Jimmy Paxson of the chicks and world renowned bassist Mike Valerio Derek released his first solo album Wildflower, available streaming and on CD and Vinyl.
With Wildflower, Derek hopes to empower and inspire others that it is never too late to find your voice: During recovery, he took stock of his life and relationships, writing over 150 songs in the process. Eleven of those songs make up Wildflower– an album which captures his extraordinary personal journey.