DeFrates has been at the forefront of Florida's professional music scene
for several decades. His business brochure carries the catchy slogan "Music
That Works For You." He means that literally.
DeFrates' scoring projects for regional and national clients reads like
a Top 20 list from the Chamber of Commerce:
PGA Tour, Sally Corporation, Haverty's Furniture, Toyota, Cadillac, Tire
American Cancer Society and many more.
is a highly capable professional, with an array of awards to prove
it. One of his favorites is the soundtrack he composed for Iakovos,
A Legacy: A documentary on the life of Archbishop Iakovos. Airing
on the A&E network, the project received an Emmy. He's
also fond of the music he composed for "Timber," which was
created for The Wilderness Society. The Timber music video won two
Silver Tellys, three Florida Crystal Reels (including Best Original
Score) three Jacksonville Image awards, including Best Of Show and
for all of that, the Atlanta Songwriter's Association voted DeFrates
songwriter of the year.
his numerous accolades, DeFrates' personal and professional demeanor
is decidedly low key. Mellow, if you will. DeFrates knows that what
he does, he does well. But he is the first to admit there is always
more to learn. More music to explore."
Has Opened Shows For:
Willie Nelson, Janis Ian, Leo Kottke, Little River Band, Dave Mason, Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Murphy, Jesse Winchester, Richie Havens, FireFall, Melanie, Jimmy Cliff, Doc Watson, John Hartford, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Mance Lipscomb & Gamble Rogers
Special Performing Awards
The Atlanta Songwriter's Association: "Songwriter of the Year"
Kerrville Folk Festival: Winner of the New Folk Songwriter's Contest