Out pop artist Parker Matthews was touched by the power of music at a very early age when he saw Whitney Houston sing “I Will Always Love You” on the 1994 Grammy Awards.
From focusing on creativity and music in school to staying up nights writing songs, he knew music would be a driving force in his life.
Parker's latest single, “Hit and Run,” combines top-shelf production, pop-synth goodness and a hooky chorus with smooth vocal delivery.
With musical inspirations that include Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Adele, Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, Parker says his music is about the message of human connection.
And speaking of connections, he was one of Music Connection Magazine’s “2017's Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands.”
Others in the media like what they hear as well:
“An infectious slice of pop music.” – Music Is My Radar
"Pop music just might have found its next star in Parker Matthews." – The Musical Hype
“’Hit and Run,’ decorated with sticky drum loops and fluorescent synth makeup, embodies classic dance music but dispatches a crucial, heart-pounding message.” – PopDust
In a recent interview with The Randy Report podcast, the Pittsburgh native shared that everything in his music comes from his own personal experience and he finds the process of writing to be therapeutic.
He also found his music to be a safe place for him as his younger years were impacted by bullying and depression.
“I realized if I ended things, I was just going to let ‘them’ win, and that wasn’t allowed to happen,” Parker told Music Is My Radar. “I picked myself back up, and truly moved forward with my life. It’s not about being sorry for me, or trying to find pity, but realizing your past is what constructs you into the person you are today.”
Instead of letting the bullies win, he pulled himself up and uses those dark times as an inspiration to advocate for LGBTQ youth by supporting The National Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
"Hit and Run" is now available on iTunes and all digital download sites.
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