A native of Nashville, Derek Wells is a Grammy nominated first call multi-instrumentalist and producer.
As a session musician, Wells has performed on over 50 certified number 1 songs from a diverse listing of artists that include: Kid Rock, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Shakira, Midland, Kane Brown, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Corey Hart, Ian Gillian of Deep Purple, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood. His work on the Maren Morris Album, HERO earned him a Grammy Nomination.
In 2016, he was the youngest person in history to win The Academy of Country Music’s Guitar Player of the Year award. As well as the youngest person to ever be nominated for the CMA musician of the Year Award. In 2019, he was awarded his second ACM award, again for Guitar Player Of The Year.
In 2018, he earned the honor of being named Music Row Magazine’s Guitar Player of the year.
As a producer, Derek has completed successful projects for Universal Music Group (Maddie and Tae), Broken Bow Records (Granger Smith) and Triple Tigers/Sony (Scotty McCreery) which produced a multi week number one single ("This is It") and has been certified Platinum.
Wells currently serves on the Country Music Association's Board of Directors as well as on committees for the Academy Of Country Music and The GRAMMYS.