Derrick Starks hails from Detroit, Michigan and has truly been born to minister melodic sounds that reflect that of biblical minstrels. At the age of seven, it was clearly evident that he had been anointed by God to play organ and piano skillfully under the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. Derrick was nurtured at Prayer Tabernacle Church of God In Christ and credits his parents, Pastor and Mrs. C. James Starks with giving him a strong and enduring spiritual foundation. He was inspired by the music of the “Dixie Hummingbirds” early in life and wrote his first song entitled “Hang On In There” at the age of 13. Despite Derrick Starks divine anointing, he recognized that his gifts should be further cultivated and shared with others. Upon completing his education in the Detroit Public Schools System, he studied music under the tutelage of Professor Clark (Wayne State University). Derrick also taught piano and voice at the Clark Conservatory School of Music founded by the legendary late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Pursuant to his passion for Christ and the Word of God, Derrick studied theology at Michigan’s Birmingham Bible Institute. He was ordained as an Elder in the Church Of God In Christ in August, 2000 by the late Bishop Walter E. Bogan Sr.
Some of the most notable artists in the gospel industry recognize and utilize Derrick Starks‘ gifts and musical talents. This endless list of artists include the following past and present gospel industry greats: The Clark Sisters, Bishop Marvin L. Winans, Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr., Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Pastor Donnie McClurklin, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Legendary Caravans, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dr. Judy Jacobs, Dr. Bobby Jones, Dr. Rance Allen, CeCe Winans, Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan Dubose, Candi Staton, Dorothy Norwood, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Tramaine Hawkins, Alvin Slaughter, Vickie Winans, J. Moss, The International C.O.G.I.C. Choir, The Tommies, and the late Ronald Winans,”Family and Friends Choir”. Derrick has worked and traveled from Europe to Africa as Musical Director for the renowned Clark Sisters, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and the late Min. Thomas A. “Maestro” Whitfield and The Whitfield Company. Also the founder of “Today’s Generation” (1991) which is a gospel group comprised of dedicated Christians commissioned to reach and win souls for Christ.
While it is almost impossible to list the numerous awards and accolades bestowed upon Derrick Starks during his 21-year gospel industry career, it should be noted that his projects have often highly soared on Billboard Charts. Derrick Starks was featured in the 2009 Gospel Round Up Magazine Issue as one of the Top Ten Songwriter’s in Gospel music today. Most recently his work was nominated for 2009 Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards, for the smash Hit “Take It Back” recorded by Dorinda Clark Cole of the famed Clark Sisters. In addition, Derrick served as the Musical Director for the 2009 Trumpet Awards accompanying Keyshia Cole, Bobby Valentino, and Deitrick Haddon.
Derrick Starks name has become synonymous with writer, producer, musician, composer, arranger, musical consultant, worship leader, workshop facilitator, theatrical productions and special events musical director. He wholeheartedly believes in the teaching of the Word of God and the solemnity of music and praise. He desires to forever engage in the winning of souls for Christ. He currently serves as the Minister of Music at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia under the leadership of Dr. Kerwin B. Lee, Senior Pastor. In this role, Derrick operates with a spirit of humility and passion. Derrick strongly embraces an attitude of perpetual optimism. He has absolute faith that unwavering trust in God results in limitless boundaries. Derrick Starks currently resides in Metro Atlanta, Georgia and is happily married to his wife Gretchen. They are the proud parents of four wonderful children, Derrick Jr., Destiny, and twins Blake & Brooklyn.