Like her unusual chord progressions that always find an unexpected resolution, singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Kela Parker followed her own path to her distinct sound. Her songs and instrumental compositions tease the boundaries of the singer-songwriter set and have been called “genre-bending,” “heady and tuneful,” and “enigmatic.”
As a young musician growing up between Portland, Oregon and the Bay Area, Parker was drawn equally to the dissonance of jazz, the alternate guitar tunings of Joni Mitchell, and the emotionality of classical piano literature. Her eclectic mix of avant pop and indie folk has been noted for its sharp musicianship and described as “like folk music–but folk music from a country you’ve never heard of before.”
Parker has opened for jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, and produced her third album, The Dreamer & The Dream, with Grammy-winning engineer Rocky Gallo in Brooklyn, NY (released in April 2018). She currently resides in Los Angeles.