Parson James. You may have not heard of him yet, but he is the newest gift to the music world. I first heard his voice on Kygo’s song “Stole the Show”. Truth? “Stole the Show” is a random song that I stumbled into so at first I thought Kygo was the one singing, when I did my research I figured out that the one with the soulful voice was Parson James. After finding this out, I went on a long and stressful google search. It was long and stressful because there was no information on this guy. No other music, no other song! Who was he? Where did that voice come from? Would he be releasing more music?
His voice is what truly captured me. Anyone can have a nice voice, but it takes somebody who is truly special to draw an audience in because of the passion in their voice. This is what I felt when I first heard “Stole the Show”, I immediately felt drawn to his voice and the obsession slowly began. I mean obsession, in a completely healthy way! (I am definitely responsible for more than half of the streams that “Stole the Show” has acquired.)
Cut to a few weeks ago, when my lovely Spotify app came through for me, yet again. There it was, while a playlist was on shuffle; “Sinner Like You” by Parson James. At first I didn’t realize who the singer was but the song caught my attention, his opening line made me take notice:
“Mama, I sinned again, I went to bed with another man
Know the town won’t understand, are you still gon’ hold my hand?“
My favorite part about this is that this artist, who is brand spanking new to the scene, is hitting us with all of the brutal honesty that we can take and I LOVE HIM FOR IT!
In an interview that I found on noisey.vice.com Parson James explains, ” I just think when listening to the song, it can be applied to a very general and broad range of topics. If you want to think you’re better than me, well, the Bible says no one sin is worse than another one. So I would love for you to open your eyes and see that I’m just a sinner like you.”
[Speaking of the interview, it is a brilliant read and I recommend you take a look. You can find it HERE!]
My favorite kind of music is the music that comes from honesty, maybe a little pain, and a lot of bravery. This song is all of that and more. I encourage you to take a listen to his music, he’s about to take over!
What new music are you obsessed with right now?
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