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//  Origin:  Clayton, North Carolina
//  Genres:  Rock Folk Pop Country Classical Bluegrass Blues
//  Years Active:  2001- Present
//  Instruments: Piano, Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Clarinet, Mandolin, Banjo
Short Bio

Derek Wesley Arnold is an American music instructor, singer/songwriter, composer, and performer currently living in Lexington, North Carolina. Born to Southern Rock legend Harvey Dalton Arnold, Derek began receiving unparalleled musical instruction from the age of four. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music composition from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a result, Derek brings the heights of professionalism with him wherever he goes.


Venues Played

Dorton Arena - Raleigh, NC • Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC • The Pour House - Raleigh, NC • The North Carolina Museum of Art - Raleigh, NC • The Cat’s Cradle - Carrboro, NC • Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC • The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NC • Biltmore - Asheville, NC • Mint Museum - Charlotte, NC • Pleasure Island Blues Festival - Wilmington, NC • The Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC • Watson Hall - Winston Salem, NC • Wait Chapel - Winston Salem, NC • Blackmon Amphitheatre - Mount Airy, NC • Buddy Guy’s Legends - Chicago, IL • Spanish Galleon - Myrtle Beach, SC • Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta, GA • Cincy Blues Fest - Cincinnati, OH • Milwaukee Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI • Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival - Albany, NY • Lafayette Square - St. Louis, MO • Chan’s Blues Club - Woonsocket, RI • Silver Dollar Room - Toronto, ON • Kitchener Blues Festival - Kitchener, ON, and many more.


Jim Quick and Coastline (award winning national touring act)

  • bassist/vocalist/songwriter

  • on tour now

John Custer Studios (Grammy nominated, gold record winning producer)

  • bass, drums, and vocals on many recordings for multiple clients

  • multiple live appearances

“The Lullaby Project” by Carnegie Hall and Kendra Harding - arrangements and recordings

Music Maker Relief Foundation - multiple live appearances with many signed artists

Daniel “The Reverend Slick” Ballinger (Oh! Boy Records) - bass on North American Tour

Amanda Daughtry (national recording and touring artist) - multiple live appearances

Nick Hagelin (“The Voice” finalist, national recording artist, tv/film actor)

  • bass on “Nice To Be Here”

  • multiple live appearances

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