Muskegon, Mi native Derico Watson began playing drums at the age of five. A few short years later, he played regularly at his grandmother's church. Derico remembers, “I always liked to play to my grandmother's records using Quaker Oats boxes, coffee cans, you name it. I was told then that I had a natural gift from God.”

Derico went on to graduate from Muskegon High School where he developed his skills while performing in the music program. Watson, an accomplished educator and clinician has performed and or recorded with artists such as Victor Wooten, George Duke, Jeff Coffin, Prasanna, Tommy Sims, and Ken Reynolds just to name a few. He's also toured with CeCe Winans, Natalia Jiménez, Mike Stern, Bill Evans, Marvin Sapp, The Dynamites, Stacie Orrico, SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten), and the Derico Watson Group which has appeared with James Brown, Spyro Gyra, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Watson also has presented drum clinics and master classes at the Berklee College of Music, PASIC, the Montreal Drum Fest and the Mexico City Drum Festival.

Currently, Derico records and tours with legendary bassist, Victor Wooten and Ms. CeCe Winans. When he’s not on the road, he resides in Nashville, TN where he teaches at Belmont University, and records regularly. In addition, Derico endorses Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Aquarian Drumheads.


List of Artists



Derico is now available for your Tour! Visit the Contact / Booking page for more information

  • 2010 - Victor Wooten "Palmystery" Tour
  • 2009 - SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten) "Thunder" Tour
  • 2008 - SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten) "Thunder" Tour
  • 2008 - Victor Wooten "Palmystery" Tour
  • 2007 - Victor Wooten "Soul Circus" Tour
  • 2006 - Victor Wooten "soul Circus" Tour
  • 2005 - Victor Wooten "Soul Circus" Tour
  • 2004 - Bass Extremes Fall Tour
  • 2004 - Victor Wooten Band Winter East & West Coast "Live In America" Tour
  • 2003 - Victor Wooten Band Fall "Live In America" Tour
  • 2003 - Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet Summer Tour
  • 2003 - Victor Wooten Band Winter "Live In America" Tour
  • 2002 - Stacie Orrico Fall "Genuine" Tour
  • 2002 - Jeff Coffin Mu'Tet Winter Tour



Derico is now avaiable to record on your tracks from his home studio! Visit the Recording page for more information

  • Victor Wooten Band - "Palmystery"
  • SMV - "Thunder"
  • Victor Wooten - "Soul Circus"
  • New Paradise Church Choir - "Keep The Faith"
  • Madison Square Fellowship Church - "Praise Live Volume 1 & 2"
  • Jeanine Byerly - "Storms Don't Last"
  • Aaron Rossetti - "Encapsulated"
  • His Image - "More Than A Feeling"
  • Michael Howe / Forever Worship - "I'm on a Walk w/ Jesus"
  • Chris Spitters - "Beyond The Shore"
  • Brent McClain - "You're Still Mine"
  • Debra Perry & Majestic Praise - "Forever He Reigns"
  • Guitarist Prasanna - "Be The Change"
  • Ken Reynolds - "Great Things" CD & DVD