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Rising Stars [Issue #23]
Katrina Parker: Dreaming and Beyond
By Dean Truitt
Only Dreaming (CD Katrina Parker)



Driving down Sunset Boulevard last week, I saw an image I thought I would never see. I passed the iconic Tower Records with a marquee that simply read, “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” My entire life, I never believed that such an establishment would ever permanently close its doors. While the R.E.M. quote couldn’t be more accurate for anyone loosely associated with the chain retailer, perhaps a more appropriate lyrical farewell would have been, “The times, they are a-changin’.”



Some may question what the above anecdote has to do with Katrina Parker, a wonderfully talented new singer-songwriter who came to the attention of ONE WAY’s staff in the past few months, but there exists a parallel. As an unsigned artist, Parker has released one EP, Only Dreaming, and is in the process of recording a follow-up. Not only has a major music retailer fallen, but the entire business model in every aspect of recording, promoting, and selling music has changed more than ever before in music history. Parker notes, “I’m not actively seeking a label deal. If the opportunity came along, it would be wonderful, but I think for so long I’ve kind of been in the indie mindset that it’s not something’s that’s been a priority for me. The atmosphere of the music industry right now, with the Internet, and all of the avenues open to indie artists, it’s not like you have to have a label right now to make music.”

And, making music is something that Katrina Parker does exceptionally well. Her material has garnered much attention through channels that would have been inconceivable, namely websites such as sonicbids.com (where ONE WAY initially discovered her) and the ubiquitous myspace.com. What makes an artist such as Parker to capture the publication’s attention might seem obvious, but it’s a simple formula (that is much harder than it seems to achieve): her music, voice, songwriting, and production are stunning. Her debut CD stands alongside impressive major label debuts on all counts and there is no reason her next effort will not exceed her first offering.

The woman who grew up in Asheville, NC and later migrated to Nashville before relocating to LA speaks excitedly about her next recording project. She speculates, “I think it’s going to be different artistically. We [Parker and her production team] still have the same intimacy of the vocals, etc. to start off. But, the songs are different. Listening to it, what we’ve done so far is a little more gothic. It’s still pretty romantic. We’re trying to make it a mix of vintage sounds and electronic sounds. I love the electronic sounds we’ve that been playing around with. The piano is going to be less of a focal point, although it’s still going to be an important part of it. The songs aren’t going to be quite as quiet. Not everything’s going to be a slow song.”

The songs from Only Dreaming are otherworldly expressions of heartache and redemption. “When You Leave” While her EP contains somewhat minimalist piano-based productions that beautifully frame her haunting alto, early demos of the reworked version of her song, “Killing Me,” indicates that her future compositions live up to her appraisal. Once completing the session, she enthuses, “I’m working with someone from Tinder Box Music, who are in Minneapolis. They have been doing a college radio campaign. It’s amazing what opportunities are out there for indie artists. There are people that do distribution for you, there are people that do radio promotion for you. It’s not going to be the same as having a label behind you, but there are so many little ways you can do some of the same promotional items that they do on a smaller scale. It’s an exciting time to be an indie artist.

Only Dreaming is available at katrinaparker.com, cdbaby.com/cd/katrinaparker, and iTunes.


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