Antioch teen, Derek King launches R&B career


By Allen Payton

Deer Valley High Class of 2013 graduate Derek King started out singing rap, but switched to rhythm and blues, and it seems to be a fit. He got signed with his first label when he was 16 and is now with a large label, 300 Entertainment.

Now 19, Derek just finished touring with Kalin & Myles, a very popular Bay Area duet. The “Dedication Tour” lasted two months, and included stops in Florida and Chicago.

He also traveled to Great Britain, last year, on a tour with singer Sage The Gemini.

Derek was born in Walnut Creek and raised in Antioch, where he lives with his parents, Eric and Dietra King. He used to work as a waiter at his family’s restaurant, Dad’s BBQ in Pittsburg. But, now he’s working on a new EP (electronic play album) and some new videos, as well.

Derek responded to a brief Q&A session:

Q. How did you get into making music?

A. Music started off as a hobby for me. But, as I started playing with it and getting more serious with it, I started to really enjoying making music. It’s just a great feeling for me to listen to harmonies and how stuff comes together.

Q. What is your favorite part about making music?

A. My favorite part about making music is having people listen to your music and getting their reaction on things and how it made them feel and how they like it. So, basically I love when my music can make someone happy. That’s my favorite part of music.

Q. What are your plans for the future?

A. My plan for the future is to stay consistent and stay focused and to master my craft in music and maybe help others get to where they want to be and help them understand what I know in this music business.

Jump - Derek KingJump” was his first single and came out in 2014. His “Fake ID” mix tape of 12 songs includes “Fake Love,” “What It Do,” “Came Here For” and “Teasin,” which also became a single. Both of his singles, which the label promotes, can now be heard on the radio, including Bay Area station KMEL.

Prince Charming” is his latest single, which he dropped onto YouTube, this year.

When asked how he got into making music, Derek replied, “

He has several write-ups online, which you can see if you search his name.

A series of mentions about his songs can be seen on

One of our favorite new radio friendly records of the moment now has an accompanying video. Released just about a week ago, emerging teen singer Derek Kingteams up with fellow Bay Area rapper IAMSU! for the visual to their infectious new song What It Do,’” reads one of their posts.

Another was written, last year, when Derek was chosen the Young California Pick of the Week on May 14, 2014. That can be viewed here:

To listen to his music and view his videos, go to You can also follow him on Twitter @DerekKingOnline where he has over 63,000 followers.

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