Actor trivia Cleavant Derricks began his career as a Nashville gospel songwriter. With his father, he wrote the gospel album Satisfaction Guaranteed. He was the musical director and composer for the musical When Hell Freezes Over I'll Skate. Derricks went to New York City to study acting with Vinette Carrol at the Urban Arts Theatre. He received rave reviews for his performance in her Broadway shows, including But Never Jam Today.