Jess Parsons

Jess Parsons

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

A singer/songwriter with a mix of songs on the guitar and piano, appealing to audiences of any age, seeking soothing melodies. A "you'll love her the first time you hear her" because she reminds us all that true passion is still alive and well in today’s music industry.

Biography

With painfully truthful lyrics, delightfully unexpected melodies, and a musical maturity beyond her years, Jess Parsons reminds us all that true passion is still alive and well in today’s music industry. She has done more in the first two short years of her musical career than most artists in their first ten. She’s toured the country four times, recorded with some of the biggest names in Nashville, and played to audiences ranging from intimate house and coffee shop settings to full blown festivals.

Hailing from a small town in western Kansas, Parsons spent her time growing up in church sanctuaries and school choir rooms, anywhere she could get her fingers on a piano. She first began writing with her lifelong friend Michael McDaniel. The two created a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere within their music but parted ways musically when McDaniel chose to focus on his career as a writer. Parsons then began composing solo work inspired heavily by her newfound lifestyle, rarely living in one place for more than a few months.

During one of the longer stays in this whirlwind phase, Parsons teamed up with a young singer songwriter from the same small town by the name of Abi Robins. The two girls played and wrote together for little more than two months before they were playing everywhere from Kansas City, to Lubbock, Texas. Adding Parsons’ younger brother as a percussionist, the trio, performing under the name The Winter Wake Up, continued to wow audiences and., within months, found themselves in negotiations with a record company based out of Kansas City. Though the group declined the generous offer, they were anything but short of opportunity, taking to the road the summer and fall of 2007.

Once the year had ended, Parsons and Robins opted to retire The Winter Wake Up in favor of their own solo careers. The girls remained both friends and business partners as Parsons signed with Morning Bird Record, the indie label owned and operated by Robins. Parsons once again focused on her art as a solo performer, and in May of 2008 she released her first solo EP, What Happens When They Stay. The five songs were hardly enough to keep her growing fan base satisfied as audiences raved over the mellow sounds of “Dani Young” and the oddly addictive “Fairy Tales,” while Parsons’ musical and lyrical depth was elegantly displayed in the somberly defiant “My Own Life,” as well as the heartfelt and introspective “September.” In support of her new album the summer was spent in the most ambitious tour Parsons has yet to undertake, playing 27 shows in 31 days across 17 different states.

After another relocation, Parsons found herself at truly at home in the mountains. Now based in Denver, she continues to write and perform, sharpening her talents and winning fans every time her fingers touch a piano. Her touring plans include a short Midwestern run in the month of January while a coast to coast tour is in the works for the summer months. Audiences eagerly anticipate the release of Parsons’ full length album, A Very Short Year, set for late spring/early summer of 2009.

Discography

What Happens When They Stay - EP - 2008
Light of Your Eyes - EP - 2009

Set List

Glitters
Light in the Attic
That's What You Do
The Ending
Someday/Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover)
Stars
Two Story House
September
See You Again