For folk artist Derek Lee Bishop of Pendleton, Indiana, activism means something more than writing a chorus to be chanted at rallies. It means taking action. With the release of his debut album, "Better Days", which will see all proceeds split between the charities Project Red Light Rescue and Gospel for Asia, he intends to take that action into his own hands.

The 30 year old Bishop wrote "Better Days" while performing at coffee shops throughout southwest Missouri. The eight track album is a collection of personal confessions put to song. It's a compilation of stirring lyrics and calming melodies which touch on spirituality, hope, forgiveness, fatherhood and love. Bishop's unique finger style approach to guitar playing, along with hushed and restrained vocals, give him a sound all his own while simultaneously recalling artists such as Iron & Wine and William Fitzsimmons.


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100% of the proceeds from all music and merchandise are donated towards spreading compassion and hope all over the world.

Here are the missions that Derek supports:

The project works to prevent child sex trafficking and to rescue and rehabilitate trafficking victims after their rescue. This initiative provides for each girl’s needs, provides care for children of women trafficked into the sex trade and rescues children before they can be trafficked.

The primary aim of GFA is to give hope to the hopeless. They believe that this hope can only be found in the knowledge of Christ and the Grace that he offers all mankind.  They also act with compassion to tackle physical problems like famine, dehydration, illiteracy and poverty.