For folk artist Derek Lee Bishop of Pendleton, Indiana, activism means something more than writing a chorus to be chanted at rallies. It means taking action. With the release of his debut album, "Better Days", which will see all proceeds split between the charities Project Red Light Rescue and Gospel for Asia, he intends to take that action into his own hands.

The 30 year old Bishop wrote "Better Days" while performing at coffee shops throughout southwest Missouri. The eight track album is a collection of personal confessions put to song. It's a compilation of stirring lyrics and calming melodies which touch on spirituality, hope, forgiveness, fatherhood and love. Bishop's unique finger style approach to guitar playing, along with hushed and restrained vocals, give him a sound all his own while simultaneously recalling artists such as Iron & Wine and William Fitzsimmons.