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Catawba College Student Releases Debut CD

April 30, 2007

Category: Music, Students

Derek Daisey's CD - All Behind MeCatawba College Sophomore Derek Daisey of Milton, Del., released his debut CD, "All Behind Me," in mid-April and was feted April 30th with an on-campus reception.

Daisey, a 20-year-old music business major, wrote and performed the songs on the CD which he describes as "full of coarse realities, strong harmonies, inspired guitar riffs and captivating hooks." Daisey was introduced to music producers, Alan Grossman and Jimm Mocher of Hit Music, Inc., last September. The two worked with him for six month to create his new CD, "All Behind Me," which is available via his website,

Born in Ft. Myers, Fla., Daisey began singing and mastering the guitar at age 13 after having been heavily influenced by John Rzeznik and the musical styles of the Goo Goo Dolls. Listening to music, he says, offered him "a relieving escape at times during adolescence," but writing songs "liberated demons through rhymes and captivating melodies." He began constructing his own library of songs and other emotional conceptions.


Sample Tracks from
All Behind Me
by Derek Daisey '09,
Catawba Student

After writing songs, entering contests, and even winning some awards, at age 18, Daisey teamed up with Keith Mack, the former guitarist for Scandal and Joe Cocker, to record his song, "Only 17." This song which described the many limitations and frustrations a young individual experiences at 17 years of age was entered into the national BMI Foundation’s 9th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Awards last year and placed as a finalist. One of Daisey’s fellow students at Catawba, 2006 graduate Dennis Reed, was the overall winner of that competition for his entry, "Out of Control."

Again this year, Daisey has submitted another of his songs, "Where to Begin," to the BMI Foundation’s 10th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Awards. Results will be announced in mid-May.




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