Derrick “D’MAR” Martin is standing between two worlds where the gap grows by the day and D’MAR is the epicenter. He is simply a force of nature. D'MAR is a musician, producer, songwriter, singer, educator, entertainer and motivational speaker. He has been traveling the world and spent 17 years as the lead drummer for the legendary Little Richard. D'MAR has also worked with a number of other artists such as: Dorothy Moore, Bobby Rush, Vasti Jackson, Ali Woodson (The Temptations), Big Jack Johnson, Billy Preston, Roy Gaines, Mitch Woods, Mark Hummel, Jackie Payne, Kid Andersen, Syl Johnson, Bob Margolin, Carla Thomas, Wendy Moten, Tutu Jones, and more.
D’MAR has traveled globally, entertained amongst the hottest stars, and served as co-owner of Airtight Productions for twenty years and put together one of the most innovative music education programs ever seen. Not only is D’MAR in the business of producing, being an artist, teacher and musician, in 2009, he landed a role in the movie Chess: Who do You Love in which he plays Muddy Waters’ drummer, “Elgin Evans”. He is currently also a member of the award-winning band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and continues to release his own solo records. Despite his full schedule and full life, D’MAR gives back to his community through volunteering with the youth arts programs. He has also created music education program called Drums & More, which he performs for schools throughout the world. D'MAR is currently a member of the prestigious arts organization, Young Audiences of Northern California, based in San Francisco, CA.
In this 2021 PopMi Music creative label release of “Bridges of Faith (One World)”, D’MAR teams up with producer/ composer Roger Starr, who produced/ composed for Miami soul disco star George McCrae and soul legend John Ellison. D'MAR and Roger are reflecting on the situation the world is currently going through with the pandemic and asking for trust, unity and change. Only with faith we can bridge our differences and difficulties to become truly “One World”. Together building a better you that focuses on arts, education and health: “One World for all!” As salaam alaykum, shalom aleichem, may peace be upon you, may peace be with you!