MARCH 26th, 2020 ARTIST'S BIOS
LEE ROY PARNELL
LEE ROY PARNELL
is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer, and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnell’s sound defies conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts. He reflects, “I am a writer, guitarist, vocalist & a performer. Every skill set feeds the next. I’ve never been able to separate one from the other. It all starts with the song and when writing I’ve found that nothing is stronger than the truth. It is from that wellspring that my singing and playing are born…performing, too. My goal is to keep it honest and let the listener feel what I’m feeling. No matter our different walks in life I believe that most of us experience similar emotions. I’m tapping into you as much as you are tapping into me.”
From the start of his career through today, Parnell has approached all aspects of his life with a keen sense of protecting his integrity. He offers, “The people I most respect and relate to musically or in life have been people who stood up for what they believe in and stuck to their guns, no matter what.” Midnight Believer, Parnell’s new album encompasses a realized vision that reflects the cumulative essence of who Lee Roy Parnell is today. He states, “One of the best things about gaining some maturity is you finally find out ‘Who You Is and Who You Ain’t.’ That said, I’d have to say that the song ‘Too Far Gone’ best describes me as an artist, now. It’s clearly a Blue-Eyed Soul ‘Beat Ballad’ as Barry Beckett (of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and my first producer) would call it. Barry really taught me how to make records. He taught me about groove, soul, vocal delivery and how to make every note count! The message here is in life and love we ebb and flow. We have good days and tough days. What counts is going the distance (or at least as far as you can.) I would be remiss not to give credit to ‘Sunny Days.’ That song is a real gift. The message is one of survival. ‘At least I lived long enough to know, that the rainy days, they make the flowers grow.’ It took me a long time to get that vocal…not because it was too ‘range-ey’ but because the lyric really hit home for me, and I’m not alone. I have countless people come to me after we’ve done a show with tears in their eyes saying, ‘Man…that song slayed me!’ I reply, ‘I know…me, too.’”
Musically, Parnell presents some of the best performances of his career on Midnight Believer. He approached this release with the intention of letting the music and performances speak. There is a level of organically-delivered emotion through his playing that took the path of not over-producing every track. He reflects, “Well, it’s funny…most folks think of me primarily as a slide guitarist, and to some degree that is true, but I played ‘regular lead guitar’ long before I played slide. On the song ‘Hours In Between’ what you’re hearing is one continuous lead guitar track from me…one pass going down with my band and no fixes. Not to say I didn’t want to, but they all threatened to walk out on me if I did! Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t get the chance to fix anything.”
Over the past few years, Grammy Award winner, Andrea Pearson has opened shows and shared the stage with Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Reba McEntire, Corey Hart, and Bryan White.
As if there’s time for anything else, Andrea was a finalist on CMT’s Next Superstar series, appeared on ‘Private Lives of Nashville Wives’, had guest starring roles in other artists’ music videos, runs her own home studio, and recently made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry with Bryan White. When she’s not out center stage, you can find her singing back up for a number of major Nashville artists including most recently on the Grammy & Dove Award winning album ‘Sing it Now’ by Reba McEntire. In addition to her talents as an artist, Andrea is a very prolific and in demand songwriter and has written hundreds of songs and has had her songs placed on numerous albums as well as film & TV on networks such as ABC & CMT.
Andrea is a creative force of nature. Whether she’s creating commissioned watercolor & acrylic paintings, directing music videos, shooting album photography or restoring and building furniture, she is constantly moving through this world with a relentless determination and a fearless creative spirit. Writing, recording, painting or performing, she’s a sensitive interpreter of the human condition. She writes honestly about her own journey and in doing so she creates an engaging and often cathartic experience for her listeners, one tied to the fundamental understanding that we all share the same joys, fears, desires, challenges, victories and losses in this life. This is evident in Andrea’s most recent full length album ‘Evolution’ where she solo wrote 11 out of the 12 tracks by allowing herself to uncompromisingly go places in her past and tell her story uncensored. This album touches on the painful loss of her father and brother, shares songs about love and heartbreak, hope and healing. Listen to Andrea’s voice and you’ll encounter a certain joy for life. She sings with an uncommonly compelling intimacy and a formidable agility. She’ll make you cry and she’ll make you laugh. She’ll make you feel and she’ll make you a part of the story. Andrea is the real deal, a truly authentic artist. Whether she’s performing for a crowd of thousands, hundreds or even a dozen, ultimately her greatest wish is that you, the audience, will be moved and come away changed… at the very least, a little more connected with your own sense of joy for life.
Born in the small Alabama town of Bay Minette, Kirk Jay began his dream of a career in music. As a child, he sang in the choir and learned to play drums but didn’t go professional until he entered his late teens. In 2014, Kirk met a music manager who brought him to perform for Teddy Gentry, the bass player for the band Alabama. In 2015, Kirk started doing open mikes in several local clubs and coffee houses. Kirk Jay eventually assembled a backing band called Kirk Jay & Kuntry Funk. His group toured and performed in many cities.
Kirk a country singer with a soulful bent, first made an impression with the judges and fans in 2018 as a contestant on NBC’s televised musical competition The Voice. He sang Bless the Broken Road on the blind audition, where all the coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson turned their chairs. He chose Blake Shelton as his coach. Jay placed third overall on the 15th season of the show propelling him to new heights in his singing career.