Full Name (Nick/Stage name) : Derian Ramsey
Hometown and city/town you currently reside : Carrollton, Texas
Occupation : Musician
Instagram/Facebook : (both) @deriandoesmusicstuff
How did you hear about Metro Idol?
Guitars & Growlers Instagram
Where and which night did you perform you Preliminary?
G&G McKinney 09/26
How long have you been singing and when did you realize your passion for singing?
Growing up, music was always my safe space, my therapy. I sang only for myself, & it was a very private thing. I hate the sound of my own voice, so it never occurred to me that other people might enjoy it. It was only in the last few years that I began to realize my own “therapy”, might help others as well. I guess that’s when I started getting passionate about singing. I played for the first time in public in October of 2019, but because of Covid, I didn’t really start “performing” until March 2021. I’m still just trying to figure it out.
Tell us something interesting about you. Could be anything from random/hidden/rare talents, upbringing, challenges you’ve faced or moment(s) from your childhood, etc. This is where you can express what you would like us to know that sets your apart!
I’ve struggled with mental health issues for as long as I can remember. Severe ADHD, depression, & anxiety made school almost unbearable, and high school quite literally nearly killed me. It should be no surprise that music has played a huge role in my recovery. I played Saxophone in junior high, but I wasn’t passionate about it. I got a Ukulele for Christmas my freshman year, and that Ukulele probably saved my life. In August 2019, my family and friends created The Lost & Found Initiative, a non-profit using music & other art forms to help others struggling with mental health issues. Music is still my therapy, so I always play what I feel & it’s very emotional, but it’s not a private thing anymore. I’m not alone anymore, & neither are you!