Dru Hepkins is a musically diverse songwriter who coined his genre as “Urban Progressive Rock.” He's a singer, composer, song writer, producer and musician. In his solo projects, Dru writes all of his music, sings all his music including the back-up vocals, and plays all the instruments himself.
Dru began his musical journey known as a prodigy at Willow Brook Park Baptist Church at 8 years old. Dru’s musical talents were quickly discovered by the Pastor’s wife and choir director, Vivian Lee, who allowed him to perform his original compositions every third Sunday. To the amazement of the congregation, the church learned that Dru was writing the music, playing all the instruments, recording the performance track, and then performing the songs himself. Dru later wrote music for the children’s and teen choirs.
Also as a child, Dru Hepkins was chosen to act and sing the lead character (Solomon) in a children's musical book-tape called "Solomon's Great Adventure", by Mike White. In the second series, Dru co-wrote two of the songs.
In high school and college he was an acclaimed track and field star who still devoted a lot of his time to writing, recording, and performing in venues like CBGB's, The Baggot Inn, and Downtime in NYC.
In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Dru Hepkins won awards for VH1's Songwriter of the Year Awards in 3 different categories.
Dru Hepkins spearheaded a band called "The Phinks", in which he was the band's bass guitarist, song writer, and producer. The Phinks eventually disbanded amicably after lead singer, Tyra Juliette, began to gain national exposure from other ventures, and as Dru simultaneously began creating a path for himself producing and writing for various artists and projects.
Dru Hepkins wrote, produced, and released his own album "Declamation of Useless Genius" in 2007.
Dru Hepkins also wrote and performed the vocals for songs with legendary Grammy nominated house DJ, DJ Disciple, and released various House songs through Catch 22, Nets Worth International, Blanco Y Negro, and Vendetta Records. Songs "When I Die" and "Redlight" are already underground favorites played in clubs all over the world. Redlight (DJ Disciple/Prok & Fitch remixed by Alexey Romeo and Anton Liss) featuring Dru Hepkins was picked by Roger Sanchez as the "Hot Download" on Roger Sanchez' 'Free Yourself' radio show in 2009.
Dru's music can be heard on numerous web series produced by Essential Entertainment, spearheaded by videographer, Marko Albrecht.
In 2009, Dru Hepkins was a featured producer on Buzz TV and remixed Lupe Fiasco's "Day Dreaming" and 50 Cents "Technology" featuring Justin Timberlake.
Dru has publishing contracts with various marketing companies and continues to release songs for placement in video games, websites, commercials and movies.
Dru Hepkins has a new album called Beautiful Bedlam (Underground Singles Compilation), which will be released on January 14, 2014.