Born in Berkeley, California, singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Kela Parker began making her distinct blend of art and pop music in Portland, Oregon.
Noted for her singular sound and “prepossessing voice,” Parker has released three albums and various singles and chamber works. 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.
Her first two albums were hailed for their genre-bending sensibility and earned her the description “like folk music — but from a country you’ve never heard of before” (Victor Nash of Destination: Universe!). ‘The Dreamer & The Dream,‘ recorded in 2018 in New York City and produced by Grammy-winning engineer Rocky Gallo (Norah Jones, John Legend), is a collection of fourteen “nomadic…intricate” songs written during a period when the singer-songwriter moved numerous times across the country. In 2020, her most recent single off her upcoming fourth album has been hailed as “a truly mesmerizing piece of music” (A&R Factory, UK).
For more on Kela’s various releases, see kelaparker.com/news.
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