We had the good fortune of connecting with Derest Craig and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Derest, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Dallas TX, born and raised. I come from a large, religious household where my parents were co-pastors – but my parents always taught us how to live out our faith rather than force it on us. Education was also a huge factor in our family, as we were encouraged to be the best version of ourselves and pursue as much higher education as necessary to reach our goals. Lastly, our family is very musical: we would often gather around the piano and sing songs during family gatherings, and many of my family members served in a musical capacity at my home church. Music is very much in my blood.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The name of my business is Dream In Color Productions: I wanted to create something that was an outlet for all of my creative passions and interests – music, video, events, and producing / administrating. My goal was to offer a one-stop shop for my clients where they could come to have their needs and desires met in the process of furthering their career, while also fulfilling my longtime desire of becoming a business owner.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite places to visit in the DFW area is the lakefront alongside Rockwall; there are a lot of interesting shops there and even a movie theater. Some of my favorite restaurants in the city include Hattie’s, Tru Kitchen and Kocktails, Bucky Moonshine’s, SushiYa, and the Woolworth. I would also show guests around the Deep Ellum area if they were into the nightlife and live entertainment scene, so that they can see the best of what Dallas has to offer.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d have to say one of my biggest influences both in life and music outside of my own family would definitely be Dr. Judith Christie McAllister. I started this musical journey serving in the Church of God In Christ, an international church organization of which she was a prominent musical leader for many years. After connecting with her, she made it her mission to mentor and push me as a female musician – and even was directly responsible for my jump into producing music.

Website: https://www.dreamicproductions.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derestcraig/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derest-craig-b23ba5151/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derest.craig/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dereangel

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutAtlanta is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.