Derek George



Derek George grew up in the small southern town of Philadelphia, MS. Birthplace of the country music super star Marty Stuart and highly recruited Oklahoma running back Marcus Dupree. He started playing guitar when he was thirteen years old and in high school was voted most likely to succeed. He signed his first record deal during his senior year. He graduated with Honors and climbed on a tour bus in 1992 with his band Pearl River. They recorded two albums for Capitol records and toured with many country artists in the early 90’s.


After his run with Pearl River he hooked up with one of country music’s greatest talents, Asylum Records’ Bryan White. Derek was Bryan’s bandleader and songwriting collaborator all through Bryan’s career. He wrote Some of Bryan’s biggest hits, “So Much For Pretending” #1, “Look At Me Now”, and “Bad Day To Let You Go”. He later went on to produce 2 of Bryan’s albums. He served as a staff writer for Glen Campbell Music for 8 years and played and sang on some of country’s biggest records in the 90’s. Derek also had songs recorded by other country music artists during this period. “Imagine That” (#3), recorded by Diamond Rio, was one of the most played songs of 1997.


In 1999 Derek took a break from touring and signed on to write for Windswept Pacific Music. Derek wrote there for 8 years among a cast of world-renowned writers such as, Jeffery Steele and Al Anderson. During his term with Windswept, his songs were recorded by; Rascal Flatts, Wynonna Judd, Josh Gracin, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Hannah Montana, among others…


In January 2009 Derek started Wide Open Music Group, his first venture as a music publisher. As President of Wide Open, he managed the day-to-day operations and has signed and worked closely with writers such as, Lonnie Wilson (Luke Bryan’s “All My Friends Say”), Chuck Jones (John Berry’s “Your Love Amazes Me”), and Tim Owens (Brad Paisley’s “Ticks” and Sugarland’s “Settlin”). While at Wide Open, Derek had songs recorded by Jake Owen, Laura Bell Bundy, The Farm, Randy Houser, and Love and Theft.


In 2013-2016 things began to really take off for Derek as a Writer and Producer. He Signed to Warner Chappel Music Publishing and went on a run producing Randy Houser’s How Country Feels Album which yielded 4 top 5 Singles (How Country Feels #1, Running Outta’ Moonlight #1, Goodnight Kiss #1, and Like a Cowboy #3) along with the lead single off Houser’s follow up album Fired Up (We Went #1) He produced Joe Nichols’ comeback hit “Sunny And 75” #1. He co-wrote Jerrod Niemann’s #1 comeback hit “Drink To That All Night”. He also produced and co-wrote new up and coming artist Chase Bryant’s “Little Bit of You” #3 and “Room To Breathe” and composed Darius Rucker’s #1 single “For the First Time”. Derek has had songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Randy Houser, Brantley Gilbert, Trace Adkins, Adam Craig, Drake White, Randy Rogers, Kristian Bush and more…


Derek has over 40 “cuts” and 25 years of experience in the music business. He has worked in almost every facet of the industry; managing his own recording studio, being an accomplished session singer and guitarist, writing hit songs, producing major record label releases and, running an independent publishing company.

Songwriting Discography

  • Falling Upside Down (Rascal Flatts, I Melt, Lyric Street Records)
  • Look At Me Now (Bryan White, Asylum Records) #23
  • So Much For Pretending (Bryan White, Asylum Records) #1 for 2 weeks
  • Imagine That (Diamond Rio, Arista Records) #3
  • Call Me Crazy (Bryan White, Asylum Records)
  • Amen (Love and Theft, Sony Records & Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • Fresh Off the Farm (Lo Cash Cowboys & The Farm, Warner Bros.)
  • Settin’ The World On Fire (Jake Owen, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Sony Records)
  • Let’s Do This (Hannah Montanna, The Movie, & the Soundtrack, and Songs from Hannah Montanna the TV Show)
  • Sometimes I feel Like Elvis (Wynonna, What the World Needs, Wynonna Live, Curb Records)
  • Sweet September (Josh Gracin, Lyric Street & Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • You’ll Always Be Loved (Bryan White, Asylum Records)
  • Does She Need Me (Pearl River, Capitol Records)
  • You Know How I Feel (Bryan White, Asylum Records)
  • I Can’t Wait Til Christmas (Bryan White, Dreaming of Christmas, Asylum Records)
  • Coming From You (George Canyon, Somebody Wrote Love, Universal Canada)
  • I’m Still Me (Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • Wish I Would’ve Said That (Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • Can I See You (Hootie and the Blowfish, Looking for Lucky, Vanguard)
  • Missing Me Yet (Laura Bell Bundy, Universal Records)
  • Makes Me Go La La (Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • Because You Love Me (Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • Country Livin’ (Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • Different Kind Of Country (Williams Riley, Golden Music)
  • Bad Girls Go Everywhere (Laura Bell Bundy, Universal Records, GCB Tv Sync on ABC)
  • Buckle Bunny (Laura Bell Bundy, Universal Records, GCB TV Sync on ABC)
  • That Makes Two Of Us (Jordyn Shellhart, Sony Records)
  • When You Come Around (Bryan White, DustBowl Dreams, Covenant Records)
  • Get It Together (Bryan White, DustBowl Dreams, Covenant Records)
  • Beautiful Place (Bryan White, DustBowl Dreams, Covenant Records)
  • Never Get Around (Bryan White, The Right Place, Asylum Records)
  • Paycheck Man (Randy Houser, Universal South)
  • The Staying (Bryan White, How Luck I Am, Asylum Records & Scott Emmerick, The Coast Is Clear, DreamWorks Record)
  • South of Heaven (Blake Shelton, Bringing Back the Sunshine, Warner Bros. Records 2014
  • Drink to That All Night (Jerrod Niemann, Sony Music, 2014)
  • I’m Feelin’ You (Tim McGraw, Big Machine, 2014)
  • Little Bit of You (Chase Bryant, Red Bow Records, 2014)
  • Room to Breathe (Chase Bryant, Red Bow Records, 2016)
  • It feels Good (Drake White, Spark, Dot Records, 2016)
  • Lit (Trace Adkins, Wheelhouse Records, 2016)
  • Reckon (Adam Craig, Stoney Creek Records, 2016)
  • Before Midnight (Randy Houser, Fired Up, Stoney Creek Records, 2016)
  • Neon Blues (Randy Rogers Band, Neon, Tommy Jackson Records, 2016)

Production Discography

  • How Lucky I Am (Bryan White, Asylum records)
  • Dustbowl Dreams (Bryan White, Covenant Records)
  • Laura Bell Bundy (Bad Girls Go Everywhere & Buckle Bunny for Universal GCB ABC TV show)
  • Williams Riley (Different Kind Of Country, Golden Music)
  • Amazing Grace II (Gospel Compilation. Bryan White (Won a Grammy!)
  • How Country Feels (Randy Houser, Stoney Creek) 2013
  • Fired Up (Randy Houser, Stoney Creek) 2016
  • Crickets (Joe Nichols, Red Bow Records) 2013
  • Chase Bryant (EP, Red bow Records) 2014
  • Adam Craig (EP, Stoney Creek) 2016

Guitar and Singing Discography

  • Bryan White (Asylum Records)
  • Bryan White (Between Now and Forever, Asylum Records)
  • Bryan White (The Right Place, Asylum records)
  • Bryan White (How Luck I Am, Asylum Records)
  • Bryan White (Dustbowl Dreams, Covenant Records)
  • Scotty Emerick (Coast Is Clear, DreamWorks Records)
  • Mac McAnally (Word Of Mouth)
  • Sawyer Brown (Greatest Hits)
  • Williams Riley (Different Kind Of Country, Golden Music)
  • Steve Wariner (Two Tear Drops, Capitol Records)
  • Steve Wariner (“Brickyard Boogie”, No More Mister Nice Guy. Steve, Derek, Bryan White, and Jeffery Steele. Nominated for Grammy!)
  • Randy Houser (How Country Feels, Fired Up (Stoney Creek Records)
  • Joe Nichols (Crickets (Red Bow Records)
  • Chase Bryant (EP, Red Bow Records)
  • Adam Craig (EP, Stoney Creek Records)
  • Jerrod Niemann (High Noon, Sony Records)
  • Trace Adkins (Lit, Wheelhouse Records)