Corey Parker

Corey Parker

BandR&BFunk

In the 70's, funk pioneer, James Brown, etc would visit Corey's father, saxophonist, Maceo Parker, leaving tapes of shows & sessions, funk tutorials for Corey. Now a vocalist in his father's band since '95 and bandleader since '01, Corey Parker is ready to blow!

Biography

As early as Corey can remember, funk pioneers (James Brown - Trombonist, Fred Wesley - Corey's uncle & James Brown drummer, Melvin Parker, etc), would visit his father, legendary saxophonist, Maceo Parker, often leaving behind cassette tapes of shows & studio sessions, funk tutorials for Corey and his siblings. Childhood summer vacations were spent on tour with James Brown, Bootsy's Rubber Band or George Clinton. Since birth, Corey's life has been intertwined with soulful, funky music, and now into his 11th year as a vocalist in his father's band and 5th year as a bandleader, Corey Parker is proving that he was indeed, "Born Funky."

"I haven’t heard an album title (Born Funky) more appropriate in a long time. Corey Parker must have entered this world via the womb of funk. He’s performed with the likes of Prince & Ani DiFranco and had his debut nominated for an Independent Music Award...I should have rightly been prepared to funk it to the extreme. But hell all the accolades in the world wouldn’t prepare you for the groovy bass, the slick production, and the dynamic soulful vocals that dominate the album. Wicked." Editor@smother.net

Corey's professional recording career started in 1995 - writing, singing, & rapping on Maceo's Funkoverload CD, also inspiring the name of the CD. Later that year, Corey's live career began at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado when Maceo unexpectedly came into the dressing room and asked Corey to perform. Corey has since been in his father's band, writing on every CD & performing at each of the 200 worldwide, marathon shows/yr that Maceo became legendary for during that period.

In 1998, Maceo & his band toured with Ani Difranco. During the tour, DiFranco asked Corey to perform with her, & after the tour, she asked Corey to record with her on her To The Teeth CD. So, in 2001 when Corey self-produced & released his Independent Music Award nominated debut CD, Subliminal Souls, Difranco & also Maceo appeared on the CD.

“On his debut, the New York-born, North Carolina-raised Corey Parker bares his soul...over production that runs the gamut from souled-out smoothness ("I Wanna Know") to A Tribe Called Quest-meets-Spearhead rock/funk work of the socially geared reflections like "Pump Ya Fist," which leans on an Ani Difranco guest spot for its temper and tenacity. Parker's as-of-now more famous father Maceo makes a guest appearance on this star-studded debut as well..." Kirk Ross, Independent Weekly

Since then, Corey has steadily grown as an artist, songwriter, front-man and in 2001, bandleader. He's shared the stage with many world-class artists (most notably, Prince) and now, Parker is poised for a successful future. In September of 2005, Corey and his band performed a showcase tour, opening for Maceo Parker at several landmark venues, including the Houses of Blues in San Diego and Hollywood and the Fillmore in San Francisco. That same week, Corey performed "Born Funky" with the Maceo Parker band on NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly" show. In 2006, Corey and his band won North Carolina’s Independent Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Band, and Parker’s soon to be released single, “Dirty South”, was recognized as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.

Corey Parker's amazingly soulful - nearly to the point of being a religious experience - EP pulls off something comparable to James Brown, slightly more focused on the R&B. Even the Poets of Rhythm better watch out for this one, because Parker's Born Funky is prepared to ask that one question every party awaits the answer to - "Got Funk?"

Parker himself has no problem masterminding the lyrics, vocals, & some notable sequences on the keys. You'd better be ready for it all, as Parker isn't even afraid to moonlight as an MC and drop a few heavy lines denser than fudge but that go down just as easy. Indeed, his lyrics exude discontent & seem ready to promote change, yet have no trouble remaining positive.
Vocally, the EP runs an smooth operation, and additional harmonies with a pinch more soul as in Prince's true form, especially layered over the existing, only serve to save the funk. If you think you're prepared to "Move a Lil' Bit," check out the track by that title as it'll get you going; and, for the more politically interested, "Affirmative Action" comes with a gold leaf seal of approval. What has funk been waiting for? Apparently, it's Corey Parker's mocha-syrup leaden vocals and get down or get out attitude. Check out the next wave Funkadelic and tonight, make it funky. Genevieve Will, indie-music.com

As a follow-up to his 2004 Independent Music Award nominated, debut CD, Subliminal Souls, Corey Parker’s new Maxi-Single/Live DVD (Feat. Maceo Parker) – BORN FUNKY, was released in May. FULL-TIME, the full-length CD will be released in fall '06. Corey's looking forward to the release as an opportunity to share his artistic growth and experiences.

Lyrics

Let's Get Funked Up

Written By: Corey Parker

Let's Get Funked Up
Lyrics/Music: Corey Parker
Produced by Corey Parker
C 2005 Corey Parker
ASCAP
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CHORUS
Let's get funked up!
Buckle up cause here we go.
Let's get funked up!
'Bout to start this funky show.

VERSE 1
To everybody on my left and my right,
let me tell you what we're 'bout tonight.
We've come to make you move. Yeah!
So, you can listen in your spot right there.
Or, dance around the floor. We don't care.
And, if you need a drink, hit the bar.
But, tell 'em to fill your cup. Let's get funked up!

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Don't be afraid to act a fool.
Dance! Just like nobody's watching you.
We've come to make you move.
And, leave the troubles of the world outside.
The music will make it right.
Open up your ears and mind if you came to have fun tonight.
Let's get funked up!

CHORUS

VERSE 3
It ain't about Black. It ain't about White. Its about the funk.
It ain't about dark. It ain't about light. Its about the funk.
It ain't about big. It ain't about small. Its about the funk.
It ain't about short. It ain't about tall. Its about the funk.

VAMP

Dirty South

Written By: Corey Parker

Dirty South
Lyrics/Music: Corey Parker
Produced by Corey Parker
C 2005 Corey Parker
ASCAP
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

VERSE 1
A party's jumpin' off, gonna show you just how we get down -
Using instruments and musicians to create our sound.
Might not be on MTV or in your local mag,
But go tell all your friends that funk has got a brand new bag!

PRECHORUS
Listen to the music. (You can't tell me this ain't funky.)
Won't it make you groove yeah? (Every single day.)
Listen to the music. (Cause the music is so funky.)
Get on up and move yeah. (We're gonna have a party in the South!)

CHORUS
(In the dirty) In the dirty south!

VERSE 2
Gotta make a list and send my invitations out.
The way we're droppin' it, let’s show ‘em what I'm talkin' bout.
What you get is what you see. That's how its gonna be.
So, why don't ya'll come down and kick it with the CpB?

PRECHORUS

CHORUS

BREAKDOWN
Latinos in the dirty south. Latinos in the dirty south.
White people in the dirty south. White people in the dirty south.
Black people in the dirty south. Black people in the dirty south.
Everybody in the dirty south. Everybody in the dirty south.
That’s why they call it dirty! That’s why they call it dirty!

VAMP

Can U Blow? (F. Candy Dulfer)

Written By: Corey Parker

Can U Blow?
Lyrics/Music: Corey Parker
Produced by Corey Parker
C 2005 Corey Parker
ASCAP
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

VERSE 1
Lady, I'll try not to take too much of your time,
To say in between the funky songs and all the rhymes,
That maybe, I could write a chord or 2 and do a song with you...
Simply cause I like what you do...Ooh yeah.

And lady, when you get to hear this 6/4 groove
Just maybe within you something will start to move
And ooh baby it will be an honor just for me to hear what you choose to do
The way you do…Ooh yeah.

CHORUS
Can u blow? Can u blow?
I want to know...If U can blow?
Ooh Yeah.

VERSE 2
Lady, for you I had to travel the extra mile,
To make something that’s new and true and smooth and versatile.
And lady, I hope that this collabo with you will make someone smile…
And enjoy this song awhile…Ooh yeah.

And lastly, I’ll take the final line to get this correct.
Cause lady, for you there is nothing but the utmost respect.
Now, what’s in a name? Cause I have to think that you’re about as sweet as they get
If I was to place a bet…Ooh yeah.

CHORUS

SOLO//VAMP

Only When U Funk W/Me

Written By: Corey Parker

Only When U Funk w/Me
Lyrics/Music: Corey Parker
Produced by Corey Parker
C 2005 Corey Parker
ASCAP
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

RAP
UM! I'd like to get this record going by just flowing, only showing what I'm knowing, simply spilling from my gut. And if the blowin' of the low end got you goin', put your toe in and the flow will work its way up to your butt! GET CRUNK! If you feel the funk of this groove. THAT'S SMOOTH! I always got something to prove. Yes I do. Peep the situation at hand. It might just help you understand...

VERSE 1
I love it when you're funkin' girl and throwin' sexy looks my way,
But I just can't take it girl when you don't like to play.
I love it when you're funkin' girl cause you always look so good girl,
But you just don't notice me. And, I really wish you would.

BRIDGE
You make it feel like the first time - each and every day!

CHORUS
I love it when you're funkin' girl but only when you funk with me.
You're the woman in my world, believe that you were made for me.
I love it when you're funkin' girl but only when you funk with me.
A jewel like a precious pearl, of is it a fantasy?

VERSE 2
I love it when you're funkin' girl cause you really blow my mind,
But I just can't take it girl when we don't spend much time.
I know I might sound a little weak, but I'm proud to be your man.
I don't care who's listening. I know they'll never understand.

BRIDGE

RAP
Hey! What moreso can I say? I sang it this far now I'm gonna rhyme it a whole other way.
Just trying to make sure you comprehend by making my point with the styles that I blend.
Again and again. I feel like I play but never win. I knock and I knock so let me in.
The past is the past, let it rescind. The changes you see, I'm ready to be,
But only when you funk with me.

CHORUS
VAMP

Discography

WINNER OF 2006 INDEPENDENT AWARD FOR BEST R&B/SOUL BAND!

Full-Time (new full-length CD, late '06)

Born Funky - CD Maxi-Single & Live DVD released in May '05

Subliminal Souls
(Corey Parker's 2004 Independent Music Award nominated debut CD.)

Streaming mpgs from upcoming release available here.

More info @ www.coreyparker.net

Set List

Enough original material for a 2 1/2 hour, HIGH-ENERGY show! Upon request.