| Derik John Baker|
Vocals, guitar, bass
Pop music, Pop rock
| January 31, 1990 (age 25)
Virginia, United States (1990-01-31) |
Alyssa Reid, Jesse Labelle, Tyler Shaw, Hedley, Shawn Hook
Virginia to Vegas Wikipedia
Virginia to Vegas (born Derik John Baker on January 31, 1990) is an American-born Canadian singer and songwriter. He is based in Toronto. He is best known for his platinum-certified debut single, "We Are Stars", released through Wax Records in January 2014. His debut studio album, Utopian, was released in December 2016.
Born in the United States, he was raised in Guelph, Ontario, where he attended high school at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI).
Virginia to Vegas was signed to Wax Records in July 2013, after label executive, Jamie Appleby, discovered him on YouTube. The first single "We Are Stars" was released on January 7, 2014, and entered the Canadian Singles Top 100 chart at 94 on week 5, February 1, 2014, peaked at 14 and stayed for one week. On November 10, 2014, Virginia to Vegas released the Volume I EP, which includes his Platinum-certified debut single "We Are Stars".
Virginia to Vegas released a new single, "Our Story", on May 4, 2015. The song experienced modest airplay on adult pop radio, but failed to enter the Canadian Hot 100. On September 2, 2016, he released a new single, "Lights Out", which samples Rockwell's 1984 single, "Somebody's Watching Me". That fall, he announced that his debut studio album would be released by the end of 2016. Utopian was released on December 2, 2016 and features all four of his singles released through that date.
Virginia to Vegas performed at the 2014 Canadian Radio Music Awards where he was nominated for the Heartseeker Award. His radio success with his first three singles "We Are Stars", "Don't Fight the Music", and "Our Story" contributed to him being nominated for Pop Artist or Group of the Year at the 2015 Sirius XM Indie Awards.
Soon after Virginia to Vegas joined Alyssa Reid to open for Hedley's Wildlife Tour 2014. On July 5, 2014, Virginia to Vegas was among Pitbull, Simple Plan, and American Authors, as supporting acts to Maroon 5 for Salmon Festival in Grand Falls-Windsor. In the fall of 2014, Virginia to Vegas joined Alyssa Reid on a short Canadian tour and was brought up by Alyssa Reid to perform a song together at the Chum FM FanFest. In the summer, Virginia to Vegas performed at the MMVAs 2014 "We Are Stars" with Alyssa Reid.