Derik Baker, also known as Virginia To Vegas, has a lot to be excited about. Early in his music career, he’s signed to Wax Records, released his debut single “We Are Stars” and toured with Hedley.
“We Are Stars,” featuring fellow Canadian artist and label mate Alyssa Reid, has become a hit on radio stations across the country. Now, Virginia To Vegas is excited for what’s to come.
He remembers the moment he first heard his song on the radio. “I was driving home on New Year’s Day and I honestly broke down in tears,” he says. “It was the coolest moment in my life, since it was something I’ve wanted for so long.”
He performed at this year’s Canadian Radio Music Awards during CMW, where he was also nominated for the Heatseeker Award. Alyssa Reid even brought him out on stage as a special guest at the CHUM FM FanFest.
Virginia To Vegas got his start on YouTube, where he began to get noticed by Canadian record labels and fans. With his quick success, he can’t imagine doing anything else. “I really love the power of songwriting,” he says. “It’s always been something I’ve gravitated toward.”
He’s received some great advice along the way. “My mom always told me to stay true to myself, and I think that’s a big thing,” he says. “And my dad always told me that things change. So those two things have always really stuck with me.”
He’s releasing an album this summer, so keep an eye out!