Hodge to Release "Live Today" on Blue Note Records
Derrick Hodge's debut recording is a showcase of his widely respected versatility and melodic sensitivity, creating a unique sound all his own. Hodge represents something inventive and refreshing, fronting the wave of a unique generation of renaissance musicians working across all genres without borders. This release is a mural of what is now and where he comes from, representing the new and respecting the classic. His music is sure to touch the soul and not be forgotten.
"Live Today is the way I chose to begin my story as a solo artist. It is a melting pot of sound and emotions, and is how I decided to capture my thoughts at that moment in time. There were many directions that this record could have went, but I chose to give people what was on my mind in a very raw, unedited way. Live Today is about acceptance, being in the moment while paying respect to those that came before me, and about writing music that feels good to me." — DERRICK HODGE
Hodge has spent his youthful career transcending musical trends. He composes and performs throughout various genres of Hip-Hop, Gospel, R&B, Funk, Singer/Songwriter and Jazz, performing and/or recording with Grammy Nominated and Awarded artists such as Maxwell, Common, Mos Def, Jill Scott, Kanye West, Sade, Terence Blanchard, and more. Hodge maintains a steady career as a film composer and in 2008 was selected to be a part of the Sundance Composers Lab and was commissioned to write a piece by the Chicago Symphony entitled "Infinite Reflections". This past January he was invited to perform some of his recent compositions at Sundance during the Artist At The Table dinner. Currently, Hodge is on tour with the Robert Glasper Experiment band, writing for the film Turkey Creek by Leah Mahan, producing several records and serves as the Musical Director for Maxwell.