Derek Miller

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Derek Miller
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Background information
Born 1974
Six Nations, Ontario, Canada
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2002–present
Labels Arbor Records
Curve Music
Website derekmiller.ca

Derek Miller (born 29 October 1974 in Six Nations, Ontario) is an Aboriginal Canadian singer-songwriter. He has received two Juno Awards. He performed at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with Eva Avila and Nikki Yanofsky.

History[edit]

Miller was born in 1974 in the community of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, Ontario, Canada.[1][2] Miller became interested in music in his teens and by the late 1990s began touring with Buffy Sainte-Marie.[3]

In 2002 Miller released his debut album Music is the Medicine on Winnipeg's Arbor Records.[4] He received a 2003 Juno Award in the category Aboriginal Recording of the Year for "Lovesick Blues" from his album Music is the Medicine.[5][6]

In 2006 Miller released his second album The Dirty Looks.[7][8] Miller was honoured with a 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, in the category Best Rock Album, for his The Dirty Looks album.[9] The album went on to win Miller a 2008 Juno in the category Aboriginal Recording of the Year.[6][10]

He performed at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with Eva Avila and Nikki Yanofsky.[11]

In 2010 Miller released his third album Derek Miller with Double Trouble.[12]

Miller has also appeared in supporting acting roles in film and television, including the films Moccasin Flats: Redemption, Fire Song and Point Traverse, and the television series Hard Rock Medical.

In 2015, he compiled an album titled "RUMBLE: A Tribute to Native Music Icons"

“This tribute album is a blueprint of the origins of American rock and roll.”—Derek Miller (Mohawk)

American Indian musicians, as well as musicians inspired by Native history and culture, have been active in contemporary popular music for nearly a century. The signature artists featured on this CD represent the diversity of Native achievement in American mainstream music. They broke new ground, overcoming the public’s limited expectations of Indians as musicians and inspiring others with their legacy.

Mohawk guitarist Derek Miller harnessed the energy and dynamic self-expression of these artists to create this compilation of classic hits. Their stories are not just one-hit wonders in Native history, but a backstage pass to music history.

Coproduced by the National Museum of the American Indian and Swineco/Derek Miller. To order the "RUMBLE" CD and to see the museum's other audio and video recordings, visit www.nmai.si.edu/store/books-and-products/#1594.

"Fire and Brimstone," Link Wray Vocals/acoustic guitar/electric guitar/bass/percussion, Derek Miller Drums/percussion/e-jaw harp, Matt de Matteo Organ/backing vocals, Iva Valent Banjo, Pete Atkins Backing vocals, Rebecca Miller

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Music is the Medicine (2002)
  • The Dirty Looks (2006)
  • Derek Miller with Double Trouble (2010)
  • Rumble (2015)

Compilations[edit]

  • Derek Miller Live (DVD) (2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derek Miller Artist Page". radio3.cbc.ca. CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Derek Miller Bio". derekmiller.ca. Derek Miller Enterprises. Retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ Collar, Matt. "Derek Miller Biography". www.allmusic.com. Allmusic. Retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ ""Music is the medicine" (sound recording) / Derek Miller", www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/search/all (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), OCLC 53977636, AMICUS No. 28408726, retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Juno nominee Cheechoo born with music". Wawatay News 30 (8) (Wawatay Native Communications Society). wawataynews.ca. 1 May 2003. ISSN 0703-9387. OCLC 3951241. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Juno Awards Database". junoawards.ca/database/. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ ""The dirty looks" (sound recording)", www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/search/all (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), OCLC 219734593, AMICUS No. 32835138, retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ Bryson, Scott (9 November 2006). "http://www.chartattack.com/news/42388/derek-miller-channels-hunter-thompson-for-his-dirty-looks". Chart (Toronto: Chart Communications). chartattack.com. ISSN 1198-7235. Retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |title= (help)
  9. ^ "2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Winners". canab.com. Indian Art-I-Crafts of Ontario. 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  10. ^ CanWest News Service (6 April 2008). "Feist an early Juno winner » Hometown girl Feist began what could be a Juno sweep Saturday, when she took home two top prizes at the non-televised Juno Awards in Calgary.". The Vancouver Sun (Postmedia Network Inc.). vancouversun.com. ISSN 0832-1299. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Ditzian, Eric (1 March 2010). "Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony Features Neil Young, Michael Buble". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved 2 January 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  12. ^ ""Derek Miller with Double Trouble" (sound recording)", www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/search/all (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), AMICUS No. 38936251, retrieved 1 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)

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