PJ Parker

PJ Parker

 Somerset, New Jersey, USA
BandJazz

PJ brings her unique interpretations to selections from the Great American Songbook, and also writes her own material."PJ makes every note and phrase a personal experiment... rises above the sea of promising vocalists-a true jazz singer who warrants serious attention"-Andrea Canter,Jazz Police.com

Biography

PJ Parker has performed in concerts, dinner theater, summer stock, regional theater and musical revues, and has also been the featured vocalist with orchestras and bands from Atlantic City to New York City.

PJ has performed/recorded with Christopher Bakriges, John Bianculli, Jerry Bruno, Lou Carter, Roy Cumming, Glenn Davis, Joel Frahm, Steve Gilmore, Tim Horner, Harry Leahy, Keith MacDonald, Gary Mazzaroppi, Coleman Mellett, Geary Moore, Vinnie Ruggieri, Earl Sauls, Radam Schwartz and Avery Sharp.

She has been an opening band featured vocalist for John Pizzarelli and Harry Connick Jr., as well as the featured female vocalist in Trump Plaza’'s big band show, “"Your Seaside Ballroom,"” also appearing in Philadelphia’'s Variety Club Telethon.

REVIEWERS ACROSS THE US AND EUROPE EMBRACE PJ PARKER:

“"Parker tackles each composition with fiery passion and striking self-confidence ... the level of comfort that Parker has with these classic songs is impressive in its depth. She knows them inside and out and is keenly aware of how to make them seem new again.”"
– All About Jazz

“"She is in command, slowly drawing the listener in with an attitude of majestic surrender ... accolades go to her own ‘'Love’'s A Logistical Thing.’' The catchy lyrics and charming, lightly swinging vocal are a pleasure. ‘'Dreams Are Meant For Two'’ is a lovely song, full of genuine emotion. She does it justice in her soft, rich voice."” – JazzReview.com

“"Stunning ... with 'Dreams Are Meant For Two,' PJ Parker has issued a definitive statement of intent: to challenge the heart, to unlock memories, to reinvent the familiar, to entertain. And to do so on her own terms, with her own voice.” PJ's original songs “suggest PJ Parker has the potential to be a significant songwriter.”" – Jazz Police

"'Intimate' “is an ‘exercise without a net,’ from which she emerges with much mastery and grace.”" – Jazz Hot; Paris, France

"'It’'s Christmas' is “a recording of distinctive sound, arrangement and virtuosity."” – Jazz Police

“"PJ Parker has a sweet and very musical voice and her singing is full of honest emotions and subtle improvising.”" – Scott Yanow/LA Jazz Scene

“"Her vocal renderings of old standards and new compositions is unique and instantly personal.” Her voice is a “powerful but well-restrained instrument.”" Skope Magazine

ACCOLADES:
Blues Nominee: 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Honorable Mention: 2010 Seventeenth Annual Billboard Worldwide Song Contest
Jazz Nominee: ISSA Song Contest 2009
Top 10 Finalist–Best International Artist: Australia's 9th Annual Music Oz Awards
Jazz Nominee: 2009 Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Semi-Finalist: 2009 UK Songwriting Contest

DISCOGRAPHY
Intimate (2006)
It's Christmas (2007, 2012)
Dreams Are Meant For Two (2008)

FILM CREDITS:
2013- PJ's original song, “Dreams Are Meant For Two,” with music written by her late father, Jazz pianist Thomas E. Parker, makes its motion picture debut in Joe Basile’s “West End." The movie won "People's Choice" at the 2013 Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park and was the "Soho's Pick" award winner at the 2013 Soho International Film Festival in New York City:
Downtown Film Festival, Los Angeles: Best Director, Narrative; Best Supporting Actor; Manhattan Film Festival, Best Crime Drama.

2012 - Soundtrack: Golam Mustofa/Christopher Rinaman film, "A Drop Of Love," winner of five prestigious awards at the American International Film Festival.

TELEVISION CREDITS:
Parenthood (NBC),
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
The Vampire Diaries (CW).
Hand of God (Amazon Streaming)


Lyrics

So What Do You Say

Written By: PJ Parker, Music and Lyrics

It's not tomorrow yet
We've got so much to do.
Today is filled with yesterday,
Today is filled with you...

So What Do You Say
We find a little quiet
We move a little slower
And waltz amid the grass
And maybe find a corner of contentment
While waiting for a daydream to pass?

So What Do You Say
To wallowing in nothing
To savoring a moment
When time can fade away
And maybe build a memory for always
To wrap us in upon some rainy
day...

What Do You Say
To such a glorious day,
When sunlight is twinkling through a rainbow
And suddenly we just know
We mustn't let this moment slip away?

So What Do You Say
We breathe a bit of springtime
Although the chill of autumn's in the air?
What do you say?
What do you say?
Say ,what do you say?
You say "Yes, I'll be there".

Love's A Logistical Thing

Written By: PJ Parker, Music and Lyrics

You try hard to fly high
You keep flyin' solo
Your mind sends your heart out to sing
You feel left, you do right
To get it together
'Cause Love's A Logistical Thing

You do this here, do that there
Do everything everywhere,
Bouncin' about on a spring
The pull keeps on pushin' you
Wild like a yoyo
'Cause Love's A Logistical Thing.

Around and round
You start at the finish
Forgetting the path at your feet...
Aground, profoundly eluding solution
Whenever your twains try to meet.

You stop in to start out
You turn up to tune out
Your sanity's taken a fling
Another decision will keep 'til tomorrow
'Cause Love's A Logistical Thing
It is just a logistical, unegotistical ,
Just a logistical thing
Yeah, Love's A Logistical Thing,
Oh,Love's A Logistical Thing

Not Beneath The Tree

Written By: PJ Parker, Music and Lyrics

In the chaos of the season
I was feelin' pretty small
Amid the noise and wanting
And the business of it all
When a voice of love and comfort Made it plain for me to see
That the greatest gifts you ever have
Are Not Beneath The Tree.

The cards you feel you have to send
To some you barely know,
The time and funds you have to spend
And what have you to show?
Then a voice of love and comfort
Made it plain for me to see
That the greatest gifts you ever have
Are Not Beneath The Tree.

She said "I do not need a card,
Or presents gaily wrapped
I just need you, oh my darling,
As she sat upon his lap.
A simple thought, so deeply felt,
A passion sweet and rare
The man and wife so much in love
And ever more aware
That a voice of love and comfort
Makes it plain for us to see
That the greatest gifts you'll ever have
Are Not Beneath The Tree.

Moods and Tenses

Written By: Thomas Edwin Parker and PJ Parker, lyrics; PJ Parker, music

I'd rather be a "could be"
If I could not be an "are"
For a "could be" is a "may be"
With a chance of touching par
I'd rather be a "has been"
Than a "might have been" by far
For a "might have been" has never been
But a "has been" was an "are."

I'd rather be a "will be" than a wouldn't be, I know
For the "will be" is a promise
To believe and make it so
I'd rather keep on chancing
Then to dance on broken dreams
And I'd rather be the best of me
Than less to be, it seems.

Tomorrow is the "could be"
And tomorrow is the "are"
That the "could be" could be "may be"
And the "may be" might be "are"
I'd rather ride on rainbows
On the way to steal a star
For the "yet to be" may get to be
The best to be, by far.

I'd rather be a "could be"
If I could not be an "are"
For a "could be" is a "may be"
With a chance of touching par
I'd rather be a "has been"
Than a "might have been" by far
For a "might have been" has never been
But a "has been" was an "are."

I Didn't Plan

Written By: PJ Parker

I didn't plan, I didn't know
Could not believe so long ago
That you and I were meant to be
I couldn't know that you would fall in love with me.

I couldn't dream, I didn't feel
The deepest heart I could not reveal
And then you showed so easily
That you could fall in love with me.

And the moment love had wandered to my heart so carefully
Was the moment that I knew you were my love forever.

I didn't hope, I didn't see
The love you gave so patiently
It wasn't chance, I think you knew
That it was sure that I would fall in love with you.

I didn't plan, I didn't know
That through the years this love would grow
But in my heart I think I knew
I couldn't plan this great design
But all the same and all the time
That I would fall in love with you.

Christmas Day

Written By: PJ Parker

Christmas Day
Won't you stay and sit under the tree
With me

For awhile
We can warm by the fire
And see
What may be

Today, on this day of beginning
Two hands intertwined

Won't you stay
On this magical day
Christmas Day

Christmas Day
Won't you stay
And we'll quietly be
Just we

By the light
Fading softly and gradually
Silently

Today on this day of believing
Two hearts, peacefully
Want to stay
On this magical day
Christmas Day

Christmas Day
Won't you stay
And we'll quietly be
Just we

By the light
Fading softly and gradually
Silently

Today on this day of believing
Two hearts, peacefully
Want to stay
On this magical day
Christmas Day
Won't you stay
On Christmas Day

Jingle Down The Christmas Tree

Written By: PJ Parker

Won'tcha jump on up and jingle down the Christmas tree
Ooh ooh what a ride baby, don't you agree
'Neath a mantle of stars
Even Santa can see
How happy we'll be.

Won'tcha hurry up and scurry up the mistletoe
Got a chill up my spine, ooh don'tcha know
So don't make me wait
I wanna wade in the snow
Just you and me.

Hey hey, it's such a holiday
The sugar plums are as sweet as can be
Hi ho it's such a merry-o
With you propellin' to noellin' with me.

Won'tcha catch a little cozy under Christmas skies
I've been a good girl, don't you surmise
So swing with me, unwrap your Christmas surprise
How happy we're gonna be.

Hey hey, it's such a holiday
The sugar plums are as sweet as can be
Hi ho ho the merry-o
With you propellin' to noellin' with me.

Won'tcha catch a little cozy under Christmas skies
I've been a good girl, don't you surmise
So swing with me, unwrap your Christmas surprise
How happy we'll be
We're jingling
We're gonna jingle down the Christmas tree.
Ooh-whee!

Discography

INTIMATE -- 2006
IT'S CHRISTMAS -- 2007
DREAMS ARE MEANT FOR TWO -- 2008

Set List

PJ typically performs selections from the Great American Songbook, such as All of Me, Angel Eyes, Then I'll Be Tired Of You, Love Me or Leave Me, Just In Time, Am I Blue, The Song Is You, Easy Living, Don't Blame Me, Summertime, I've Grown Accustomed to His Face, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Blame It On My Youth, How High the Moon, Love Walked In and many more, as well as original compositions, such as her
Christmas song," NOT BENEATH THE TREE "and the song she wrote to her late father's melody, undiscovered for over 50 years ,"DREAMS ARE MEANT FOR TWO". Sets are usually 45-55 minutes, typically 3-4 sets, depending on the venue.