SANDSTONE DISTILLERY SUCCESS - AUGUST 2019
“Sometimes in life you get a gift. That's what I feel I was given last night. I was unprepared for the breadth, depth, beauty, joy, the light and the love in your music. Thank you for letting me sit in on a joyous family homecoming. Your new biggest fan...”
— Brianna Bruhanu Choskyi Dondrub
ACOUSTIC APPEARANCE: OLYMPIA, WA
LIVERMORE SUCCESS - JULY 2019
"This was great! I never wrote a song until this week... I learned I can write one hell of a song! I hope they come back next year."
—Sebastian (Livermore, CA)
"This camp is really fun. I could learn without it being hard for me. It was FUN learning how to write a song! I would like to hear that Derik Nelson & Family are coming back next year!"
—Madelyn (Livermore, CA)
"Having them as my teachers feels like... home. I'm proud of my ability to try something brand new. Please come back! I love you guys!"
—Alise (Livermore, CA)
"Just come back! And let us 18-year-olds keep signing up! Having them as my teachers felt like having a second family that doesn't judge every move I make. It's an opportunity you should NOT miss."
—Coral, age 18 (Livermore, CA)
"The Nelsons are the best music teachers ever! I love them, and they are so nice and kind, and caring and loving. They are the best and this is the best experience EVER! Bring them back, we love them. So kind, so supportive, so incredible."
—Gabriel (Livermore, CA)
"This week I learned that I'm capable of helping others through their self-doubt, and I am brave enough to face my own doubts. The Nelsons are the sweetest, kindest, funniest, most talented and warm hearted people I know. Being with this group feels like coming home after a long time away. Please come back!! This camp is incredible, and I have seen it help guide and build up the confidence of its students, first hand. [The Nelsons] are incredible, and I love them very very much."
—Amanda (Livermore, CA)
"They're the best teachers ever!!!!! They are so supportive and patient, and they bring out the best in everyone. This camp is the best week of my year and it's so worth it. I love the Nelsons so much, and all the friends I've made here. We're all like a family and every single summer I can't wait to see everyone again. Let the Nelsons come back. Everyone loves and adores them!"
—Olivia, age 16 (Livermore, CA)
"Bring Derik, Dalten, and Riana back next summer! This is my favorite class time setting!"
—Andrew, age 9 (Livermore, CA)
"They're cool, supportive pals who were always understanding and easy to talk to, but also pushed me to be my best self and never lost faith in me. You learn a lot about music from a perspective really different than your own, and it encourages you to stretch your mindset and challenge your boundaries to create something you will be proud of. The Nelsons are really cool. Every year it gets a little easier to perform! Please come back! It's the highlight of everyone's summer and I've honestly never felt more safe and comfortable with myself and my music than when I'm at this camp!"
—Aisha (Livermore, CA)
"Having Derik, Riana, and Dalten as my teachers felt like the older siblings I've never had! They gently guided me through this learning process and instilled me with confidence. I learned I am creative and even though I've always struggled with 'writer's block' I now have the tools to overcome it every time. Sign up! Do it! There's nothing to be afraid of, no matter what level or age you are at, you will get something out of this and if it's anything like my experience, you will gain an invaluable experience to cherish and build on for the rest of your life. I love spending time and making music with these people! Please bring back the Nelsons next year... and forever!"
—Maddy, age 18 (Livermore, CA)
"We are so blessed that we were able to attend your concert last night and meet you afterwards. Thank you for staying and meeting us out front. We were so inspired by your creativity, vocal harmonies and excellence. We are now Nelson family evangelists!"
—Dave R. (Livermore, CA)
"Thank you, again, for the wonderful performance last night here in Livermore. This our third time seeing you here, and each one has surpassed the last one as you expand your repertoire and presentation. Look forward to next year!"
—Richard A. (Livermore, CA)
"Your show was great tonight! Very glad I worked at the Bankhead Theatre tonight! Was fun meeting you all after the show while you were breaking down [your equipment]. We’ve met a lot of different people who have come through, and you 3 were definitely the sweetest! Thanks for a great show and being amazing humans!"
— Brian O. (Livermore, CA)
NEW COVER VIDEO + COVERS ALBUM!
New cover video, "I Don't Care," NOW ON YOUTUBE!
New album (COVERS, VOL. 3) IS NOW STREAMING WORLDWIDE!
I love the creative process that goes into reinterpreting and reimagining an existing song and making it my own by changing up the style, using different instruments, adding harmonies, and bringing a fresh perspective. In fact, one of the compliments I hear sometimes that humbles me the most is when someone tells me they “like my version better than the original!”