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ARTIST BIO

THE FAMILY SOUND: pop/folk sibling harmonies

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Derik Nelson & Family's signature sound features velvety three-part vocal harmonies only a family can deliver. They’ve garnered nearly 3 million views on YouTube, and toured over 40 locations across the West Coast to raise money for music education. Derik has appeared regularly as the lead guitarist on television’s “Glee,” among other shows.

COMBINING MUSIC & VIDEO: live vocals with hi tech visuals

Derik Nelson & Family delivers a concert experience like no other, featuring pristine sound, a state of the art light show, and an integrated 20-foot video display. Derik’s interactive “clones” are featured throughout the show on the 5 screen video "wall." The multiple "Derik clones" paint an expansive wall of sound of limitless sonic possibilities by each playing many different instruments. This innovative technical marvel uses the latest in audio/video technology to take audiences on an aural and visual journey through time, space, an impressive array of landscapes, weather conditions, and musical "settings."

MEET THE NELSONS

Derik Nelson  Riana  dalten

DERIK - singer, songwriter, producer, audio engineer.

-Known for his role as lead guitarist on the hit FOX television show "Glee"
-Singing voice has been heard on FOX's "Raising Hope" and "New Girl," CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” and NBC’s “Go On” and “The Voice"
-Bachelor of Science from University of Southern California, where he helped shape the curriculum for the Popular Music Degree program
-Awarded the Brian Wilson Music Scholarship for songwriting and received first place in the Indie International Songwriting Competition for original song, “The Way It’s Gonna Go”

RIANA - vocalist, management.

-Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from University of Michigan
-Co-musically directed one of the most popular co-ed a cappella groups while at The University of Michigan: "Amazin' Blue"
-Casting Associate for Lee Daniels' new hip/hop drama "Empire"
-Appeared on-screen in Renee Zellweger's pilot "Cinnamon Girl" and FOX’s “Glee,” and behind the scenes on NBC's "Parenthood"
-Lead vocalist for Princess Cruises
-Managed summer program for Disney in China teaching children 5-7 years old

DALTEN - vocalist, video/light/tech designer.

-Since the age of 4, has been involved in musical theatre and plays, most notably as the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” Bat Boy in “Bat Boy: The Musical,” and Bobby Strong in “Urinetown,” for which he was nominated for Best Actor in the State of Washington by the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle
-Attended Arizona State University with an extensive musical theatre background
-Appeared on several episodes of television’s “Glee”
-Conceptualized, designed, filmed, edited, & executed over 150 separate videos in perfect sync, to create visual "immersion" to the musical experience


Articles & Reviews

"Concert performance was magical" - Newton Daily News 11/21/17

"Velvety vocals heard at Simon Estes" - Daily Iowegian 11/15/17

"Derik Nelson & Family perform at Redlands' elementary schools" - Redlands Daily Facts 5/5/16



 

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ARTS IN EDUCATION

 '"To me, it's necessary that every school has the same opportunities to help students out with their passion, whatever that may be..The arts programs are in need, and we understand that we have the ability to help that need.  I have to pinch myself every day, it's just a great feeling performing for others and delivering a positive message.   We want to show that you can follow your dreams and have a positive impact.  [The Take Chances Tour] has been in the making for a while, and we are excited to see it through.

- Derik Nelson, via ThurstonTalk.com

In Fall 2013 & Fall 2014, professional musician and 'GLEE' guitarist Derik Nelson & his team visited high school auditoriums across the west coast for a professional-grade pop/rock concert with his band.  In addition to the high-tech concert featuring a 20-foot-video wall, big sound and integrated light show, they provided a one-hour inspirational/educational assembly for the student body during the day.  They spoke on creativity, self-discipline, out-of-the-box thinking, college planning and career prep, anti-bullying, setting goals, following dreams, and the tour's theme: what it means to Take Chances.

They reached over 10,000 students through this program. The fundraising component provided with the concert (which all schools took advantage of to benefit their arts programs: in some cases, doubling their annual allotted department budget) resulted in tremendous positive impact to their school from the surrounding community.

Fundraising concerts are available in conjunction with a public performance booking (Options Below). Nominate a school in your area or contact your territory agent for more details.

The Signature TAKE CHANCES Assembly

They provide an inspirational/motivational assembly during the day in your auditorium on this theme. Entire student body is invited, to capacity. Part Ted Talks-style lecture, part Q&A/discussion with the students.Topics presented include creativity, self-discipline, out-of-the-box thinking, anti-bullying, college planning, goal-setting. Siblings Derik, Riana, & Dalten present through relevant stories of their own high school experiences, growing up together in multiple creative disciplines, working in Hollywood, and navigating a variety of creative pursuits through Disney, Princess Cruises, GLEE, filming & videography, music production, college, & life: all through a genuine, humorous, insightful and familial-bonded lens.
Best for high school audiences. 40-60 minutes in duration, can be modified to your limitations.  

TAKE CHANCES PRAISE & REFERENCES

"[Derik's Team] was so positive and professional! We need more groups like them in our school!" -Jim D., Band Director, Century High School (Hillsboro, OR)

I can't thank you all enough for tonight. You were all incredible. Thank you for being an inspiration to my students.” -Erin McShane, James Logan High School (San Jose, CA)

[You are] an amazing and talented family. It's so inspiring to be able to see the love that you have for each other.- Valerie Parret, North Thurston Public School District Staff (Lacey, WA)

 

The Elementary SING-A-LONG

Riana, Derik, and Dalten will bring puppets and a guitar, and delight K-5 in a one-of-a-kind sibling assembly. Combining puppet introductions (Hairy Gary is always a hit) with awareness about the environment and being true to ourselves and our hearts, the siblings lead students in a few popular cover songs (Katy Perry and Taylor Swift) and then invite them to join some impromptu call-and-response style songs with some simple choreography.
20-40 minutes. Best for multi-purpose rooms at elementary schools. PA must be provided with 3 microphones and stands.

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