Ciesther Parrilla
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Ciesther Parrilla

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Sound:

Being raised by a musician parent and being surrounded by music all my life, my influences range from Stevie Wonder to the Cardigans and everything in between. My warm vocals carry a strong influence of Karen Carpenter blended with modern singers such as Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays or Bic Runga with quiet inflections of old school soul. I consider myself a singer first and formost, so I keep instrumentation down to just one acoustic guitar, so that the focus stays on my voice and the story I am telling. Lyrically, my songs are moments of my own history. I only write what I know; honesty is the key to my artistry. I keep my guitar accompaniment bare and rhythmic, key influences being more of the BritPop genre with an occasional latin vibe. I hope to branch out of the singer/songwriter territory, working with full bands and producers of non-alternative producers to achieve a more well rounded and diverse sound.

My Biography:

Raised in Virginia Beach, my first foray into live music was at a birthday party, fronting a friend's church band. We did covers of Savage Garden and Leann Rimes and the whole experience left me wanting to explore the live dynamic even further. Enter Gabe Gardiola (aka the Veiling Grey); whom I met through said church band. We jammed and planted the seeds of our short-lived, but very well-received indie pop/rock band, Vortex479. I signed on as the lead singer and bassist, but six months later I got the opportunity to move to Seattle.

Though my bandmates and I tried to make the best out of it, the vast distance eventually strained our dynamic and Vortex broke up. To pass the time in Seattle and to keep my bass chops up, I had the interesting experience of being the bassist for a latin/soul/funk band, trying to keep up with 40+ year old veteran musicians, among them a very reknowned classical guitarist, Angelo Pizarro.

On the side, I finally gave more attention to both singing and the lyrical material I'd been collecting and finally started on the obligatory solo acoustic venture. I played one utterly terrifying solo gig in a tiny coffeehouse in Capitol Hill, recorded vocals for a fellow songwriter's project, quit the latin band, and started home recording my own songs.

In 2003, I moved back to the east coast and continued to write and perform. I recently quit the "day job" to focus on my two passions: raising my daughter and of course, music. Besides performing, I am developing a local arts coalition called the Pastilan Arts Syndicate, which I hope will bring business education, resources and community support to local artists who are willing to take that next step to making a living from their art.