Derrick Todd Lewis was born November 7. Both of his parents were in the entertainment industry. His mother Valerie Lewis was the lead singer for Rhythm and Blues group The Pretenders in the late 1960s and his father, the late Billy Lewis was a member of the legendary Drifters off and on from 1975 until the late 1980s. Derrick grew up in Newark, New Jersey and has 6 siblings.
Derrick’s interest in acting began at the age of 4 when he saw the film “Mommie Dearest” starring Faye Dunaway. He performed in his first school play at 6 years old in “Snow White” as one of the seven dwarfs “Bashful”. From there Derrick would always be a part of school plays during his elementary school years.
With music in his blood, Derrick took drum lessons in school at age 9. In 1991, Derrick joined the Spirit of Newark Drum and Bugle Corps as a charter member until 1997 and returned as a conductor in 2000. He then joined The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1998 as a snare drummer and performed there until 2006. He performed for the New Jersey Nets Drumline in 2004. Derrick also spent time teaching many percussion programs in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania including Rapidfire Indoor Percussion. Through the years that Derrick spent in the marching arts, his passion for acting was always there.
In the summer of 2009, Derrick decided to follow his dream to pursue acting. He has studied under Sara Mornell, Tracey Moore, Constance Tillotson, Dustin Felder and Amanda Lynch. Derrick has appeared in productions such as “Creed”, “Man On A Ledge”, “Where Hearts Lie, and “CStreet”.
Throughout the years, Derrick always liked to sing and write songs. He has many musical influences from different genres and artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Phil Collins, Usher, Rush, Metallica, Even The Slept, The Mars Volta, Boyz II Men to name a few. In addition to being an actor, his dream was to get into the studio and record.
In 2015, Derrick put his mind to work and started working on the song “Selfish Pride”. He teamed up with veteran producers Stefan Moessle and Aswad Samad and began the process of making the song a work of art.