Derek Hough Sings in New Dance Music Video, Opens Up About Vocal Cord Surgery
By Desiree Murphy
Derek Hough is sharing his latest passion project.
The 31-year-old dancer took to Instagram on Tuesday, posting a gorgeous black-and-white dance video. But unlike most of his video posts, which feature him doing most of the dancing, Hough turned the tables by belting out a cover of Breaking Benjamin's "Ashes of Eden."
Featuring beautiful contemporary choreography by So You Think You Can Dance alum Rudy Abreu, Hough showcases a few moves here and there, but keeps the focus on his pipes. In his caption for the video, he revealed to fans that he actually recorded this after undergoing vocal cord surgery.
"Last year I lost my voice and had to have surgery to fix my vocal cords. I couldn't speak a single word for over a month. Not even a whisper," he wrote. "This forced me into a place of listening and stillness. Within that place I started hearing old questions echo in my head. 'Is there something or someone out there guiding me?'"
"Over the years my relationship with a higher power became distant. But through several powerful experiences, it has become very clear to me that the energy and power of something greater is within, guiding us all," he continued. "When I finally got my voice back, I felt nervous to speak or even utter a word in the fear of my vocal cords snapping. But when I heard this song it resonated with me so much and motivated me to sing again."
Watch the full video below:
In more exciting news for Hough, the Dancing With the Stars veteran recently starred and directed in Michael Buble's music video for "I Believe in You."
Hough stepped in to direct the video after the 41-year-old GRAMMY winner took time off to care for his 3-year-old son, Noah, who is being treated for cancer.
"I'm a huge fan of Michael Buble. I think he's amazing," Hough shared with ET last month. "His music is incredible. He's an amazing artist and a great guy, so to do this project and be a part of this for him is amazing."