“But It Was”
“But It Was” is Derek Sholl’s newest release to country radio. Penned by Joe Doyle and Tim Johnson, the song appears on Sholl’s album Here, which hit shelves in October 2008. His previous single “(I’ll Be) Here” charted in the top 50 of MusicRow’s CountryBreakout™ chart.
Sholl’s journey from pro baseball hopeful to fast-rising country star is a true-to-life tale of one big man, two big talents, and countless nights of dues-paying gigs that took the singer/songwriter from local bars in his native southern California to state-of-the-art stages in Vegas, to Nashville’s top recording studios, all the way to his current touring base in Texas.
“I first started listening to country music when I got drafted by the Kansas City Royals,” Sholl recalls. “I’d come into the clubhouse singing Randy Travis and Alan Jackson in my ‘new’ country voice. I was half kidding, but everybody would always say, ‘Hey, that’s really good.’ I was learning a lot of songs, but baseball was my first love. I still thought I was going to be a professional ball player.”
Baseball was his life until a series of injuries effectively ended his sports career. He began to delve into country music, honing his high energy live act, which has taken him to places like the Mirage in Las Vegas, where he supported appearances by TV host Jay Leno.
“I take a lot of pride in our live stage show,” he says. “What I’m doing up there is not an act. On a big stage or in a small bar, it’s high energy and it’s exactly who I am.”