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Artist In Residence



You’ve heard him sing Joe Cocker. You’ve heard him sing Van Morrison. Now we know you’ll love Derrick as Derrick!

Raue Center is proud to welcome favorite Derrick Procell as its 2023-24 season artist in residence. Join us for multiple engagements with this award-winning singer-songwriter, and Catfood Records original recording artist. Each evening of music will be a unique exploration of Procell’s personal journey as a musician.

Join us in October for an evening of blues with Derrick and his All-Star Mojo Band. November’s event explores Derrick’s creative process and collaboration with songwriting partner Terry Abrahamson. 2024 includes a February performance inspired by Derrick’s experience with music as activism. Finally, don’t miss his final performance in March, a big party with special guests!

Learn more about Derrick at derrickprocellmusic.com

Check out more of Derrick’s music on his YouTube Channel or on Spotify


All dates feature intimate lounge seating on our stage with a bar and dance floor!
Tickets: $25*
RaueNOW Members: $17.50*

Derrick and the All-Star Mojo Band perform original music
from Derrick’s #1 album “Hello, Mojo!”

Join Derrick for a peek into his Creative Process
with songwriting partner, Terry Abrahamson

Derrick shares how he uses his songwriting to champion issues he feels strongly about. Art as Activism.

Derrick’s final event of the season is a big party
with friends and special guests!

About Derrick

Derrick with songwriting partner Terry Abrahamson.

Before settling down in Milwaukee at the age of 8, I bounced around from Virginia to Germany to Venezuela as an Army brat. Milwaukee was where I began with piano lessons through elementary school. By high school, I was fairly certain that music would be my calling card. I was deeply affected by all of the great music of the period…Beatles, Stones, Ray Charles, Elvis, Chuck Berry. By my sophomore year, I was playing in cover bands. I learned my first licks on harmonica from my best friend’s older brother which led me inevitably to the Blues. And the Blues led me eventually to Hello Mojo!

A couple of decades of playing with various Midwest bands and a yearning to express myself through song eventually led to recording and studio work. My success as a songwriter and producer has allowed me to focus more on family life. I have three adult children and a loving wife and dog who all support me and my musical journey…and supply me with endless material for songs!

While I enjoy taking on the various roles in tribute shows and leading a large society band for private engagements, there is nothing that compares to the joy that comes from presenting my own music and entertaining new audiences.


Derrick Procell is an accomplished singer/songwriter with numerous awards for music written for TV Shows. An A-list Studio singer for years in Chicago he also performs in numerous Soundtracks of a Generation shows but also with his own Blues band, Derrick Procell and The Redeemers.

Derrick’s been singing since he was a kid. He was in bar bands before he was legal. He did his first recording as the lead singer in a band, Mothers Worry, when he was 16, and ever since then he’s been Mr. Studio Guy.

Originally hailing from Milwaukee, he was always a sought after front man. This led him to a lengthy stint with Midwestern faves, Arroyo. His energy and talent together made him irresistible to audiences. Always in great demand, he has logged over a million hours on stage and in the studio, including providing vocals for advertising giants like McDonald’s, Chevy, Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s.

Of course, an incredible singer who’s also a smokin’ musician is going to write songs. Some earlier stuff that he wrote for the bands he was in won all kinds of awards. Derrick’s songs have been recorded by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Logan Daniels and Melissa Manchester.

You have heard Derrick’s songs on My Name is Earl, TrueBlood, Criminal Minds, Boston Legal, Saving Grace, The Office, True Blood, and King of the Hill. And the Oscar nominated film, Lady Bird, was home to one of Derrick’s co-written songs, Back To His Girl.

Derrick’s songs have been included in projects by The American Cancer Society, Music From the Heart and The Children’s Heart Foundation. He has also been the recipient of songwriting awards from the Wisconsin Area Music Institute, Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase and Billboard Magazine.

The last several years have seen Derrick teamed with Grammy-winning lyricist Terry Abrahamson, co-writing a vast catalogue of hits. While a growing number of artists are finding out about their amazing collection of songs, their current success with the release of their tune, In The Blood of the Blues, on Grammy nominee Shemekia Copleland’s new record, America’s Child, is bound to open many new doors for them.

Check out all of Derrick’s music at derrickprocellmusic.com


Bourbon Country


Lynne Jordan