Until the summer of 2009, Jason Derulo was known primarily as a songwriter, with a résumé that included Lil Wayne, Diddy, Danity Kane, the Pussycat Dolls, Sean Kingston and others. But being a performer himself was always his agenda.
“Writing was something that fell into my lap and just happened by chance,” says Derulo (né Desrouleaux), 20, the youngest of three children born to Haitian parents in Miami. “It was a good way for me to make my mark and get into the business, but I never wanted to be the person behind the scenes.
“Everybody has their own journey, and I guess that was mine.”
Derulo is solidly in the limelight these days, however. His first single, “Watcha Say,” was a chart-topping, triple-platinum smash in 2009, with “In My Head” following at No. 5 and “Ridin’ Solo” also making the Top 20. Derulo’s self-title debut album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the singer is even hoping to put another album out before the end of this year.
And, Derulo adds, he’s still into writing the occasional song for the artists that are now his peers.
“I write a lot of songs,” he says. “I could write 10 songs in a day if I wanted to, if I had the time. So once I get back in the studio, I’ll be making some material for other people as well as myself.”
Jason Derulo performs at 7 p.m. Monday, July 5, on the Budweiser National Stage at the Stars & Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens. Admission is free. Call 586-493-4344 or visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.
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