In a sonic landscape that is filled with pop, rock and other genres that barely touch the surface of emotions, Derek Lee Goodreid dares to dig deeper with Underdog, his latest release. He gives us an infectious and endearing blend of country, folk and Rock in this gem. The underdog energy is alive, thriving and appreciated in this one. He has successfully encapsulated the spirit of overcoming hardships and difficulties throughout the single.
The track is simple, it bubbles into existence with country percussion and strings. Derek comes strutting in with his cool-as-a-cucumber vocals. The lyrics though are not as laid back, it hits you when you least expect it. “Takes a lot of grit to rise to the top Hard Work beats talent every time Well I’ve been hit I’ve been spat upon Told I was nothing I am an underdog.” If you heard that, you would relate too. Underdog celebrates the strength and the tenacity it takes to rise against all odds. The gritty edge that Derek’s voice gives is irreplaceable. Also, a special shout out to the dogs in the videos that stand in complete contradiction to the texture of the song.
All this imagery and production-perfection brings back images of Bolt. The animated film swept the world off its feet with its star-studded cast- Miley Ray Cyrus, John Travolta and Malcolm McDowell. Derek Lee Goodreid has created a musical genius where passion meets talent and creativity. As he says himself, this is the anthem of the century that encourages us to overcome adversity. He has successfully and firmly established himself as a rising star with over 27,000 replays on most of his songs.