Derek Minor to Release Multiple EPs Through Up and Away Series
Innovative Marketing Plan has First EP Your Soul Must Fly Releasing Sept. 1
Nashville, Tenn. (August 18, 2017) —- Award Winning Hip Hop artist, Derek Minor, is scheduled to release several EPs throughout 2017 and early 2018 for his Up and Away Series, with the first project, Your Soul Must Fly, releasing Sept. 1. The record’s first single, “Take Off,” features guest artists Ty Brasel, Canon and KB, and will be going for adds at radio Aug. 18. The song’s music video is scheduled to release Aug. 29, which was filmed in Nashville, Tenn. and was produced by Jacob Henley for Glowing Moses Creative.
The innovative set up for Minor’s new music is a result of the partnership between Minor’s record label, Reflection Music Group (RMG), and EMPIRE Distribution out of San Francisco. Minor’s concept that everyone is created to be a reflection of greatness, has been developed into these multiple installments of music in order to be the soundtracks of this pursuit. Each record will be distributed across such digital platforms as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, Spotify, Soundcloud and Rdio. Fans will be able to keep updated about the Up and Away Series pre-orders, music, videos, song-by-song explanations and more at www.derekminor.com.
Minor will be performing his new music on the Newsboys fall tour, “Big Church Night Out Tour,” that is being produced by Premier Productions. The tour will visit 42 cities across the U.S and will have a four-month run from Sept. – Dec. Besides Minor, the tour will also feature Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Blanca, Adam Agree (Audi Adrenaline), among others. Tickets may be purchased HERE.
Minor’s new projects will continue the successful run that the talented singer/songwriter has enjoyed so far this year. He received strong response with his four-week No. 1 Billboard song, “Change The World” (feat. Hollyn), which was from his previous album Reflection. The video received over half a million views online and the album streamed over 2.6 million on Spotify. At the same time, Minor delivered high-energy performances on the 9th Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow this spring, where he did the first “take over” for CCM Magazine’s Instagram account backstage at the concerts.
Minor will be wrapping up his summer tours Aug. 30, with his final dates at the Uproar Conference, Soul Fest and appearances in New Mexico and Tenn. For continued updates on Minor, www.derekminor.com, www.facebook.com/thederekminor, www.twitter.com/thederekminor, www.instagram.com/thederekminor.
About Derek Minor
Award Winning Derek Minor will continue his current 2017 success with an innovative release schedule through early 2018, which will feature four EPs. The first EP will be Your Soul Must Fly and the first single will be “Take Off’ (feat. Ty Brasel, Canon and KB). This comes on the heels of Minor enjoying chart-topping success with his previous CCM single “Change the World,” that was No. 1 for four weeks on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR chart. The song was from Minor’s former project Reflection, that was No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Album chart and debuted No. 7 on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. Minor grew up in Middle, Tenn. and received a bachelor’s degree in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2006. He began his music career in 2007, through a record deal with an independent label that shortly folded. Minor quickly became a member of a small, elite class of Hip Hop artists who are adept at MCing, producing and running their own companies. Two of his previous albums won Stellar Awards, Empire (2015) and Minorville (2013), along with Dove and GRAMMY® nominations. Minor’s wordplay and relatable lyrics have made him an in-demand collaborator who has worked with the likes of Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and Colton Dixon. As a producer, Minor received a 2015 Dove Award for his production contributions to Lecrae’s Anomaly album. Minor’s Reflection Music Group roster includes celebrated acts Canon, Tony Tillman, B. Cooper and Deraj. He has toured with such major acts as Steven Curtis Chapman, Jordan Feliz, Francesca Battistelli, Family Force 5, Rend Collective, among others.
EMPIRE is a distribution and record company based in San Francisco, Calf., with offices in New York and Atlanta. Founded in 2010 by Ghazi Shami, it has released albums in the Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Gospel, Latin and Pop genres. The company soon became one of the major music distributors in the country, and after signing Hip Hop artist, Kendrick Lamar, it led to EMPIRE handling all distribution for Top Dawn Entertainment. In 2013, the firm’s recording division began with the first signee, Sage The Gemini, which led to Platinum and Gold status for the artist. In 2015 and 2016, EMPIRE saw tremendous success at radio with Rich Homie Quan’s No. 1 song, “Ooh Ooh Ooh,” DJ Luke Nasty’s single “Might Be” and Fat Joe & Remy Ma’s “All The Way Up” peaking at No. 5 and Colonel Loud’s “California” landing at No. 8 on Urban mainstream radio. With multiple artists and companies being distributed by EMPIRE, it will continue to support up and coming talent as they have done in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York, while maintaining a strong presence for their Billboard charting artists. For more information: https://www.empi.re/.