“Soundtracking rhythms of a post-genre new world, Parker’s sound dwells in juxtaposition, piano-driven gilded discord, and hidden harmonies beneath oral narrations…The resulting aesthetic is of considerable breadth and range — equally rootsy and ethereal, spontaneous and composed.”
Kari Elam, 2017
Welcome, friends! I remember playing piano for tips one night at Rimsky’s Korsakoffee House in Portland, Oregon, and a lady put a ten dollar bill in the tip jar and proclaimed:
“Musicians should be paid for their music!”
I heartily agree!
If you just want to toss me a few bucks for a virtual or in-person performance, you can tip me — thanks! If you want to look into album downloads, moody poems, and my latest posts, I have a variety of meal deals over on my Patreon page. Or you can also find my music on BandCamp or my personal shop. You will not find me on FaceBook and gradually decreasing my presence on other soul-sucking forms of platform capitalism.
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Originally from Berkeley, California, Kela Parker is a Los Angeles-based musician and writer. Noted for her distinct sound, versatile artistry, and “prepossessing voice,” Kela Parker has released three singer-songwriter albums, multiple singles, and chamber pieces. Her first albums established her as an artist with a genre-bending sensibility rooted in a “sharp musicianship…yielding songs that are both heady and blithe” (Bob Ham, Willamette Week).
Kela Parker’s distinct approach to American roots was heralded for being “like folk music — but from a country you’ve never heard of before” (Victor Nash of Destination: Universe!). After getting her start playing local Portland venues like The Old Church and opening for Madeleine Peyroux at The Aladdin Theatre, she has played her distinctive folk-jazz across the U.S., from Seattle’s classic jazz venue The Royal Room, to Los Angeles’ storied Viper Room, to Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.
Kela Parker is also a published writer who writes about art, music, culture, politics, the film industry, and sometimes, her cat. Her writing can be found at StudioBinder and on her blog. Check back for a short story to be published soon, and in the meantime, her latest post, “Music is Terrible and it Will Ruin You.”
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Kela Parker’s 2018 album ‘The Dreamer & The Dream,‘ recorded and co-produced with Rocky Gallo in 2017 in New York City, was a collection of fourteen “nomadic…intricate” songs written during a period when the singer-songwriter moved numerous times across the country and relied on the inner guidance of an ancestral figure who she had encountered in a dreamlike state. Weaving “effortlessly in and out of time, memory, place,” BuzzMusicLA wrote that the songs on Dreamer “defy traditional boundaries of genre, creating a living tapestry of song that feels deeply anchored but also of the moment” (2018).
In 2020, “Come Spring,” the most recent single off Parker’s upcoming fourth album, was hailed as “a truly mesmerizing piece of music, an enticing and mysterious track,” that showcases her vocal range, and “dark yet angelic” sensibility (A&R Factory, UK). Parker’s forthcoming songs are her most emotionally direct yet, plumbing the depths to offer redemption and solace. For more on Kela’s latest releases, see kelaparker.com/news.