When 14-year-old Derrick’s mother passed away in 2013, the Studio Clubhouse became something much more important for him than just a place to make music. Previously, Derrick had shown little interest in the music program at the Boys & Girls Club. But faced with a personal tragedy, creating music became a way for Derrick to cope with his complicated and overwhelming emotions of loss and grief.
Derrick learned to express his feelings through his lyrics and performances, a process which has been tremendously therapeutic for him and has helped him begin the healing process.
“There could have been much more destructive and unhealthy ways for him to deal with the passing of his mother,” says his Studio Clubhouse Director. “To see him using our studio as a positive and productive way to cope with his loss has been a truly inspiring experience.”
Derrick continues to use the Studio Clubhouse as a source of healing and success. In addition to working on completing an entire album, Derrick recently performed an original song at the Studio Clubhouse’s Mixtape Release Party, as a touching tribute to his mother.