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Derek Austin is a Nashville-based country singer-songwriter who grew up on a farm in Minnesota. He ran a dairy operation with his brothers before moving to Washington for college, where he learned to play guitar and started writing songs. After college, Derek spent time in Alaska as an Air Traffic Controller before ultimately making the move to Nashville to pursue his real passion, music. Inspired by the early 2000s, Derek brings a fresh take on the nostalgia of the country music he grew up on. Derek’s EP, Barstool Saints (June 2021), was co-produced by Jimmy Robbins and Jonathan Singleton. Derek’s single, “The Bullet” (Oct. 2021), with Ashley Cooke garnered attention on DSPs and amassed nearly 1M views on YouTube. In 2022, Derek released five singles; “Days That End in Why” with Josh Thompson, “Backroad Less Traveled”, “Midnight On A Map Dot”, “4WD”, and “Make Me Hate You” all produced by hitmaker Jimmy Robbins. In 2023, he released “Beer Back”, followed by “Stoned” and “Summer Was You.” Derek is published by Warner Chappell Music and managed by WHY&HOW.

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