Derrick Paul Miller was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. From an early age, he showed signs of a very bright future in the entertainment industry. With many years of dance training in tap, step, and jazz from a young age, Mr. Miller developed a fine sense of rhythm and musicality. Always a crowd pleaser at local festivals and competitions, he also began to develope a strong and commanding stage presence. Derrick was asked to join the renouned New Brunswick performing troupe Character's Incorporated in high school which is where he began to really discover his fine Tenor voice. By the time he finished public school, Derrick had already travelled the world representing Canada in such countries as Czechoslovakia, England, Scotland, and the United States, as well as a national Canadian tour.
Mr. Miller then went on to Acadia University where he studied Music and English. At this point he started to become interested in classical music and opera. Derrick was a Kiwanis festival award winner at the local and provoncial levels and went on the study voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Music with Mary McMurray. After two years of conservatory study in Halifax, concert performances, a starring role in Il Taborro with Dalhousie Opera Theatre, and numerous appearances with the Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre, Derrick went on to Graduate school at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut where he coached and studied with Jerome Pruett, Jack Zai, and Miriam Charney. Roles included Gastone in La Traviata and Acis in Acis and Galatea.
Mr. Miller was then cast in the National Tour of the musical Funny Girl, and a season at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY in such shows as Camelot and Cabaret. He then returned to Canada where he has been cast in leading roles in The Sound of Music and Les Miserables. Mr. Miller is also a member of the presteigious Canadian Opera Company Chorus of professional singers, with whom he has performed in over 15 productions. Derrick has been the featured soloist at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo along side fellow Frederictonian Soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and has been in concert with the Saint Cecilia Concert Series and Opera Nova Scotia, among many others. Mr. Miller always attracts capacity-crowds to his concerts, which include a varied program of opera, operetta, musical theatre, Irish ballads, and standards.
Noted as "one of the best voices to come out of Canada in a long time"(Flavio Monopoli, Producer), Derrick Paul Miller's most recent album of sacred and inspirational music entitled It Is Well... is sure to please. Powerful vocals combined with raw emotion and some of the most beautiful music ever written make up this wonderful collection. Mr. Miller is joined by members of both the Canadian Opera Company Chorus and the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus, as well as many talented musician's from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and across Canada. Selections range from beloved oratorio's such as Mendelssohn's Elijah to traditional hymns like It Is Well With My Soul, to gospel favorites like The Holy City and The Lord's Prayer. This CD is a must-have for any fine music collection!