When Derek Nicoletto tweeted me about his upcoming appearance at the Afterparty for Delaware Pride, I was near giddy. I've been a big fan for a couple of years, since finding the band Telling On Trixie, where Derek was the lead vocalist. Somehow, our schedules have yet to clear so I could not only make it to a show, but to also meet this handsome and talented man. I was a bit disappointed with the stage, set up in the darkest area of the Hotel banquet room. The terrible lighting pretty much made videos impossible. And in taking pictures, I used my flash, which I never do, fearful of disrupting the viewing pleasures of others. But when I noticed shooting without the flash was impossible, I was left with little choice. As I couldn't take video, I will use some Soundcloud files to share Derek's music. This first song will be "Hustler With A Rescue Plan", one of my favorite tracks, which Derek performed live at the show.
Derek performed several songs off his latest album, 'Kind Ghosts'. His voice has such a great tone and such a depth when singing live. I was totally grooving on the music, and watching Derek work the audience. I also loved his t-shirt, designed by Scooter LaForge. Scotter also had a hand in the cover to 'Kind Ghosts', painting Derek's t-shirt one him.
One of the things I learned at the performance was Derek is every bit as sweet in person as he has been online. And he has a beautiful smile! He also sang a great version of his latest single, "Champion". Since I recently did a post about it, I decided to feature another song off his debut album. While he didn't sing it at the show, I really do love "Sugar". Not only is it a beautiful song, but it fits his voice perfectly, leaving me feeling like I was wrapped in a warm honey blanket.
To learn more about Derek Nicoletto, check out his official website. You can also follow him on Twitter or "like" him on Facebook. You can purchase the Kind Ghosts album on iTunes, CD Baby, Bandcamp, and Amazon. If you like his t-shirt, you can visit the official website for designer Scooter LaForge and see all the great work he has to offer. Below you can see a shot of Derek dancing with Kat Solar, the other performer at the Afterparty. It was great to see everyone cutting loose! Thanks, Delaware Pride!