Derrick Starks & Today's Generation is among the long list of artists who continue to sprout from the seemingly never-ending Detroit talent machine. The son of a Detroit pastor, Starks decided to officially birth Today's Generation in 1991 after having grown up singing together with many of its members in church. Three years later, Starks and the choir recorded and released a self-titled independent project for a local label, Aaron Records. Soon afterward, word began to circulate throughout the industry regarding this talented musician. The door opened up, allowing Starks the opportunity to work with artists such as John P. Kee, Shirley Caesar, the late James Moore, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Walter and Edwin Hawkins, Yolanda Adams, Rance Allen, Rev. Timothy Wright, as well as former Entertainment Tonight co-host John Tesh. Starks has also had several of his songs recorded by the COGIC International Mass Choir, Ron Winans Family & Friends Choir, and Charlene Bell.
What he learned while under the music tutelage of the late legendary Dr. Mattie Moss Clark afforded Starks the opportunity to travel across the country and abroad as a bandmember/music director with Vanessa Bell Armstrong, the Clark Sisters, and the Whitfield Company choir.
Starks and Today's Generation signed with Crystal Rose and released the album He's on Time in 1999. In 2001, Starks and the choir released their sophomore project for the label entitled Sacrifice.