by JACK FERNINOLike the jazz artists she loves, Krista Parrish never plays a song the same way twice. Live at the Tin Angel, the guitarist sang only one or two of her songs – breezy blends of folk rock and jazz anchored by her rhythm section’s soul and funk grooves. Her set is characterized by intricate, ethereal instrumental pieces that ebb and flow with sophisticated chord changes and virtuosic runs. She regularly pushes the sonic boundaries of her acoustic guitar, rapping the side of it like a drum or fretting notes with both hands, rather than strumming it, to create passionate flourishes of sound. The changes from show to show are subtle, but even a cursory listen to her many live releases reveal the delicate variations in each performance. “Writing instrumental music is like painting a picture,” she says, “and each time a piece is played, I envision something different. They’re always evolving and adapting into something new.” Those variations also tell a story. “Influenced by life,” as she puts it, they create a narrative of the events that inspired them, including a tragedy that changed her life. Born into a family of musicians, Parrish began singing as a child and picked up the guitar as a teenager, inspired by the music she heard on the radio. “I loved the Counting Crows, The Cranberries and especially Tori Amos,” she recalls. “It was a great time for singer-songwriters.” But more important to her than hit records was her younger brother, Corey. Seven years her junior, he quickly mastered the bass, piano and drums, along with guitar. “We just had the most magical musical connection,” she remembers. “He was the missing piece of the puzzle for whatever I played and vice versa.” Taking cues from progressive rock and classical guitarists, Corey wrote instrumental pieces that would soon inform his sister’s music. “He played guitar with a drummer’s instinct,” she says. “He came up with rhythm ideas other guitarists wouldn’t think to play.” The two regularly played together in bands or as a duo. After high school, she majored in jazz performance at Bucks County Community College, “living, eating and breathing” the music for a few years. Her sultry voice and guitar skills lent themselves well to the genre, and Parrish began playing well-known jazz compositions regularly. But she soon found limitations in what she was doing: “I’m a songwriter at heart, and I couldn’t fully express myself playing and singing standards.” Inspired by her brother’s work, Parrish began writing instrumental pieces to compliment her pop-oriented efforts. Simultaneously, she and her husband, along with Corey and his girlfriend, began playing together. The plan was to start performing publicly as soon as Corey, who regularly suffered from stage fright, felt confident enough to perform their music on stage. It all fell apart, however, when Corey passed away suddenly in early 2008. Parrish stopped playing completely, trying to make sense of the seismic change in her life. “I was crushed, and I didn’t want anything to do with music without him,” she says. However, she found her inspiration again, working alongside Corey’s girlfriend on the music they were crafting just before his death. “Suddenly, I wanted to play all the time,” she recalls. “I started writing like crazy, two or three songs a day.” When Parrish began performing again that summer, her instrumental work was front and center. “There’s a big part of Corey in what I write now,” says Parrish. “I feel like he had a lot left to do, and his songs are coming out through me now.” Parrish is now back in full swing with regular gigs, a new studio album and an EP on the way. Her performances and songwriting have become more emotional and passionate: “I’m much more connected with my music now. Before this, I didn’t know what giving 100 percent really was.” Krista Parrish will be performing at Puck Live in Doylestown on July 18. Go Online at www.kristaparrish.com
Krista Parrish - rising star of radio, stage screen & Internet
by Craig Ostroff - The Reporter-Ticket Magazine Krista Parrish seems poised to become an overnight sensation. And it's only taken her a dozen years of hard work to get there. That's about how long ago Parrish tried her hand at songwriting, penning an instrumental for the piano. Now, four CDs, countless local performances, numerous television appearances and Internet and local radio play later, Parrish is poised to take her career to the next level. The Bucks County native, who infuses jazz and blues with folk and funk, is set to release her latest album, "A Genuine Distraction," somewhere around Valentine's Day. Postponed from a mid-December release (Parrish will release "Half Myself," a five-song EP featuring tracks from "A Genuine Distraction," in December), Parrish insists that it will be well worth the wait. "I'm really excited for the new album," Parrish said enthusiastically. "In my heart, this collection of songs is probably my best work. I've had a lot of support and I've worked with some amazing musicians on it. It's really coming together. I'm just dying to release it. "I wanted to make an album that someone could put on and just melt into the music and it'd be a good distraction from everyday tedious life - just put it on and get lost in it. I can definitely feel that with this album and I hope that's how people feel when they listen to it." And while Parrish - who now writes for and plays primarily the guitar - has been playing many of the songs at her gigs, she's eagerly anticipating the opportunity for her fans to hear the songs performed by a full band. That chance will come Dec. 19 when Parrish's performance at the Tin Angel will be taped for 6ABC's "Tuned In," which features some of the top local recording artists and can be found online at www.6abc.com. "It's going to be a great opportunity to be able to promote the new album through the show," she said. "We've been playing songs off the album over the summer, but no one's heard it with the full band. I'm excited to share that with my fans and family." In the more immediate future, Parrish will open for The Band's Jim Weider Nov. 17 at Chaplin's: The Music Café in Spring City. It wouldn't hurt to check out Parrish, because chances are you'll be seeing and hearing her quite a bit in the near future. Parrish recently signed a deal to have three songs played on an upcoming television series, "Kim and Seana," which is currently exclusive to the Internet but is expected to make its television debut in the summer. And if that show helps open even more doors for Parrish, all the better. "I'm really, really interested in getting into film and TV," she said. "I don't really see myself as this hardcore touring artist, so I'd definitely like to dabble in television and film." The exciting happenings in Parrish's professional life are matched on the personal level. She was married Oct. 14, and while she said the change in her life hasn't affected her music career, being in a serious relationship has had some effect on her writing. "When you're younger and there's so many different changes, I was more inspired then, and writing a lot more then," she said. "The love song thing is not something I really touch on any more and I think that's because I'm very settled and content in my love life." OK, so she doesn't quite fit the stereotype of the "tortured musician." But she's worked hard to get where she's at, both personally and professionally. And she knows that the opportunities that have been offered to her can disappear just as easily. "A lot of things are finally coming together, and I'm so grateful for it," she said. "I've done a lot of praying. It's scary, because it could all be taken away just like that, so you've got to just take it one step at a time and just hope that things keep going in that direction." But whether the future sees Parrish writing her "music for the mind" for the big screen or up on the stage, her music will always retain its broad range of influences. "When I write music I don't think about, 'This is going to be a jazz song,' I just write by what I'm inspired by," she said. "I don't like to feel like I'm going to be pushed into some genre, I don't want to get bored. I'm trying to keep myself entertained as well. "And I want to grow. I don't want to keep making the same album over and over again."
TUNED IN CHANNEL ABC by T.J. ALEXANDER
January 26, 2008 (WPVI) -- Doylestown singer-songwriter Krista Parrish has been making waves on the local and national jazz circuit.
Her funky, soulful jazz draws comparison to such artists as Fiona Apple and Norah Jones. "The first time I ever heard Ella Fitzgerald. Something inside of me happened and I couldn't believe what I was hearing... I just wanted to sound like that," says Krista.
She is the byproduct of a musical household. Krista's father is a classical guitarist and her mother, an opera singer. Parrish's command of the guitar could easily steal the show, if her voice weren't equally as magnetic. So it's obvious that those early influences have been fused into her music, creating a sound uniquely her own.
Through our "Share your band" submission on 6abc.com, we received over 100 requests from her fans to do a feature. Tuned In taped Parrish at The Tin Angel in the Old City section of Philadelphia. Check out performance video in the media carousel at the top of the page.
SWEET SOLACE by Naila Francis, The Intelligencer:SOUND STAGE
Amid Life's uncertainties and challenges, Krista Parrish finds it in music.
Krista Parrish is drawn to tragedy. It may seem an unlikely confessions for the petite 27-year-old with a ready laugh and gregarious ease in conversation.
But Parrish is not talking about strange obsession or morbid fascination. though she will admit that she's been through much in her short life-including several losses, the specifics she shies away from-there is something benevolent in her regard of the suffering that surrounds her.
It is as if being exposed to it, whether personally or as a witness on a broader scale, she is becoming more aware of our shared humanity and mustering a resilient compassion that inspires dreams much bigger than making music.
“There is so much sadness out there, so much pain,” says the singer-songwriter and guitarist, who serves as music director for Doylestown First Friday, booking local bands for benefit concerts on the Main Stage. “I feel that my life goal is to help people. I’m really into raising money and getting people’s attention for a cause, whether it’s the Hurricane Katrina victims or ALS or cancer-there needs to be more attention to those types of things instead of Paris Hilton being in jail for five minutes. So what?”
Music may not have as direct an effect in creating the changes she’d like to see, but Parrish, who performs Saturday at Puck in Doylestown in a “Ladies On The Edge” singer-songwriter showcase, is similarly magnanimous in her approach to song.
“I just want people to feel good, to take away a feeling of comfort and serenity,” she says of her jazz-inspired acoustic songs. “I want to write music that draws people together and makes them realize that we all have circumstances that we’re going through and it’s a tough world, but we’re all in this together and we can comfort each other and be there to support each other.”
While she acknowledges that much of her music has been inspired by the personal, in particular the dynamics of her devoted family-“We’re pretty tight and pretty crazy, but the love is really strong,” she says-she prefers a comforting ambiguity in song, relying on metaphors and oblique references that allows listeners to connect with their own experiences. Whether she’s singing about the risk to be venerable in love, the striving for optimism even in difficult times, the challenge to let loved ones find their way in life or the struggles to be comfortable in our own skin and confidently walk our path, she proves illuminating, never self-indulgent.
With four home studio albums to her credit-a fifth, “A Genuine Distraction”, being recorded at a professional studio in Valley Forge, will be out this fall-Parrish says she’s committed to making “music for the mind.”
“When I listen to lyrics with some of the stuff I hear on the radio, it’s, like, ‘What the heck are they talking about? A second grader could write that!’ I know they’re looking for something with a beat, something you can bob your head to, something catchy, but I think you can be catchy and intellectual at the same time.“ she says.
To that end, the Central Bucks West High School graduate plans to start her own label, which she we run from her home in Lansdale.
To bay the bills, Parrish teaches voice, guitar and piano. She would like to offer her students an affordable space to record their music, as well as the benefit of her own experience recording and producing albums, with the help of her fiancé, Steven Murphy, a bassist and guitarist who also plays mandolin and banjo.
“Everyone, when the start out, they think rock star, but the way the music industry’s gone, it’s so hard for a singer songwriter to make it, “ she says “Pop is so in your face-Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan-ad that’s not me so I kind of put those dreams aside.”
“I’d love to be in a position to just tour around and have whoever I want on my label that I believe in and have it be just about the music-healthy music, positive music, something you hear that’s going to make you think, something more personal and more inspiring.”
For Parrish, it was a love of writing that sparked an interest in becoming a singer-songwriter. Growing up in a musical family-her father is a classical guitarist, her mom an opera singer and her brother Corey also plays guitar-she had a natural affinity for singing. He parents performed locally as the Faith Parrish Orchestra, and occasionally, she would get up on stage and sing with her mom.
“I would see my mom up there in these beautiful dresses with her makeup and her hair and think, ‘I want to do that’. I wanted to be a singer,” she says. “The guitar playing, I knew that would take a little more work and be a challenge, and I liked that. I wanted to make my daddy proud and be his little guitar player. In the beginning, I started out wanting to make my parents proud, but then it became something that comforted me. When I was I my room, just playing my music, I felt safe-like nothing can touch me now, no one can hurt me.”
She had already begun piano lessons at age 7, but the guitar from the start proved more intriguing. The while in high school, she discovered she could marry two of her joys-writing and playing music.
“In school, English was my favorite subject. I loved writing short storied and poems,” recalls Parrish. “That’s how I got into this. I was playing guitar and I realized I could write stories to go with the music.”
Jonatha Brooke, Shawn Colvin and Tori Amos were among the artists she turned to for lyrical and musical inspiration.
“I was really into Tori Amos, so I was writing a lot of weird stuff, “ Parrish Says, confessing with a laugh that she refuses to let anyone hear her first album. “I wanted to be weird and eccentric like Tori Amos, but that wasn’t my calling. She’s better at it, so I’ll leave that to her.”
While early influences such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle helped define her voice-supple and soulful with a broad palette that is equally at home conveying sweet playfulness or smoky-timbered yearning, saucy disdain or dusky introspection-it was her immersion into jazz that left the greatest impression. Parrish majored in jazz guitar and voice at Bucks County Community College and minored in piano.
“That’s where all this stuff opened up for me. Discovering Ella (Fitzgerald) and Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Carmen McRae-I felt this is where it’s at for me,” says the performer, whose vocals, along with her sophisticated finger-picking and chord progressions, often recalls the sultry elegance and fresh inventiveness of the heyday of such greats. “I just didn’t know how intricate music could get-and the whole improv thing where you didn’t have to stick to this chord or this melody, all these sounds just rocked my world.”
While she admits to her own uncertainty at time about what it is she should be doing, she always returns to music.
“I would probably be I therapy if I wasn’t a songwriter,” she says with a laugh. “My relationship with music is like my relationship with my family. It just feels like home.”
PHILLY BURBS by JEN K.
Krista Parrish Is Making A Big Impact Doylestown native Krista Parrish is making a big impact on the local and national jazz circuit. Her music infuses jazz, blues, folk, and funk to produce unique and haunting music. Born into a musical family; her mother a trained opera singer and her father is a classical guitarist and member of Parrish’s band, her both influences are apparent in her original and engaging sound. Parrish’s charming personality shines brighter than the stage lights, drawing the audience in and holding them for the entire performance. She plays and sings with such passion that makes everyone in the room feel her music. I had the honor of attending her performance this past Friday night at Puck, in Doylestown. The show was dedicated to the memory of her very talented brother, Corey Parrish. It was a heartfelt night and all who were in attendance could feel the love and passion in the performance. It was truly an amazing evening. Parrish has four CD’s to her credit, several local and national television appearances, and is in heavy rotation on the radio and online. Here music is available online. Krista Parrish is definitely an artist worth checking out. Click here for a live performance schedule. For more information on Krista Parrish go to kristaparrish.com.
KIAC RADIO by GASLIGHT DISTRICT
Musically astute, interesting, original, adventurous...and that doesn't even begin to venture into her incredible voice, and refined chops as a musician. She cross blends genres, and does so with such a subtle finesse. She is charming, saucy, and serious...with a twinge of comedic sarcasm that illuminates throughout her writing sensibilities. She has her own way of telling a story...and it is never banal. Parrish is an exciting artist, beautiful...and is as cool as the sounds she makes. KIAC Internet Radio
The Intelligencer by Marilyn Russell
This group of female singer songwriters can all definitely hold their own, but, since, they found each other this past winter, they've become a musical force and are about to wrap up their Ladies on the Edge performances next week. They were submitted by Linda Seybert, who's worked with Krista Parrish for some time now, who said: "these 5 women are the most amazing and diverse artists this area has ever produced." They've wowed live audiences from World Café Live in Center City to Puck in Doylestown, rocked Philly in print (Philly Edge) and with their appearances on NBC and ABC. WOTW: How/When did you get started down this career path? Krista: Both my parents are musicians so my brother and I followed in their footsteps as it came very naturally. I started playing guitar at age 14 and have never put it down. Songwriting began at 17 yrs. old and the rest is history. WOTW: What do you like best about performing? Krista: I'm in a position to help people, to reach people and I intend to use my career to bring awareness to larger issues and charity organizations I believe in. Plus, I get paid to do what I love; who could ask for anything more? WOTW: Of what are you most proud? Krista: I'm proud of my will to go on trying to make it in a very saturated industry. WOTW: What, if any is your guilty pleasure? Krista: Hmmm…I have many…but ice cream wins! WOTW: What advice would you like to share with aspiring singer-songwriters? Krista: Whatever you do, don't let someone tell you the world has enough singer songwriters, if you have a voice, sing and if you have a song, share it with others. You can catch the last in a series of Ladies on the Edge performances Saturday, August 11th at Chaplin's, the Music Café in Spring City, PA
PHILLYEDGE MAGAZINE by PAUL MICK
Krista Parrish, Doylestown CDs: Introspection is latest of four; Her 5th album is due out sometime this summer (2007) -"GENUINE DISTRACTION". Style: SoCal jazzy riffs and scat; Other: Has own music lesson business and teaches at Paul Green School of Rock; plays with guitarist father and brother, mom sang opera, parents society band supported family; Bucks County Community College music program grad; To be wed in May 2008. PE: Kindly inform what's on your iPod or CD player right now? KP: The Shins, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds, Enya, John Mayer, Ella Fitzgerald and Kaki King PE: Did you first begin singing at a church? KP: I sang in church as a child. My first solo was in Second Grade at St. Ephrem's in Bensalem. I went on to sing many solos after that. Though I do not sing in church anymore, I always sing for God. PE: In parts, there's a jazzy component to your CD. Has that been an impediment or an advantage? KP: Philly has a long and rich jazz tradition that continues to this day that is largely and sadly ignored, with the possible exception of European ears. People take me more seriously as a musician, but there is a small market for jazz and that is why I incorporate other styles into my work. Sticking at one style has never been my thing. I get bored and need to change it up anyway. PE:Are all 13 songs on INTROSPECTION pointed at any one specific individual? No need to name name's, just the relationship. KP: The album was a story of a year and a half of my life... leaving one significant relationship, doing some serious soul searching, focusing on my music and me, becoming whole enough to give myself completely to someone else, realizing I'd found the person I will be with forever & dealing with family issues. It covered a lot and I put the songs in the order that things happened and focused on my inner feelings hence the title INTROSPECTION--it was just that for me. Most of the songs the I wrote were actually in a journal that had the word INTROSPECTION on the cover. It just made sense to me to use it for the album name. PE: On 'Sure Good Find' you sing, "I used to be numb, now I feel everything" if you could expound on that a little... KP:I wrote that song about my then boyfriend, now fiance. I used to get wrapped up in people that I couldn't trust. I built walls around me so that I wouldn't have to feel the frustration of a relationship gone wrong. I had finally found comfort and home in someone & I could let myself feel again. The funny thing is, I've written so many songs during the time I tried to numb myself and I guess they helped me through-there must have been some part of me that was allowing the pain in. PE:Has WXPN been receptive? What track(s)? Which DJ(s)? KP:I have gotten airplay on WXPN. Sleepyhollow has played WHERE ARE YOU NOW, BEST OF ME and MOMENT FOR YOU off of Introspection. They also played something off my first album but I cannot remember the name of that song! How horrible is that? PE: What 3 CD's might your fans be surprised that you whole heartedly, thoroughly enjoy? KP: Jack Black-Tenacious D, Tribe Called Quest-Beats, Ryhmes and Life + The Dave Grisman Quartet-Dawganova Shows: Puck Live, Printer's Alley, Doylestown: March 23, 8 p.m Milkboy, Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr: April 28th, 7:45PM Tin Angel, 20 S Second St., Philadelphia: May 26, 8 p.m.
Tri State Indie: featured band
by Randy BucksnerI got to interview Bucks County guitarist, Krista Parrish, about her music, her band and her latest release. I checked out her music via her website and what I heard was thrilling. Comparisons to Kaki King and Leo Kottke come to mind when I listened to her playing, but her singing is in a league of it’s own. Their song, “Easier Said Than Done”, was number one on the indie charts. Her band mates, Mike Fazekas on drums and Steve Murphy on bass, are the perfect compliment to her. The latest album, Playing With Pendulums, was engineered by Glen Barratt [Melody Gardot] and is dedicated to her late brother and musical partner Corey. It is a work of heartfelt inspiration and extreme musical proficiency that should be on any radio station’s playlist. The band plays many Philly area venues such as World Cafe, Puck, and Sellersville Theatre. They should not be missed.
Krista Parrish by Derrick Murdock (Bassist/Tonight Show)
The music of Krista Parrish is a refreshing change from the conventional, yet at the same time totally accessible. A rare commodity in this age of digitally over processed pre packaged
Making use of complex rhythms and interesting harmony, Krista and her talented trio never lose a strong sense of groove. A feat not easily accomplished. Whether it be the playful instrumental Happy Guitar or Krista's soaring vocals on Skywatching,
Each tune takes the listener on a musical journey. Truly a Gem - Highly Recommended !!!
Playing With Pendulums Review
by Tri State IndieI got to interview Bucks County guitarist, Krista Parrish, about her music, her band and her latest release. I checked out her music via her website and what I heard was thrilling. Comparisons to Kaki King and Leo Kottke come to mind when I listened to her playing, but her singing is in a league of it’s own. Their song, “Easier Said Than Done”, was number one on the indie charts. Her band mates, Mike Fazekas on drums and Steve Murphy on bass, are the perfect compliment to her. The latest album, Playing With Pendulums, was engineered by Glen Barratt [Melody Gardot] and is dedicated to her late brother and musical partner Corey. It is a work of heartfelt inspiration and extreme musical proficiency that should be on any radio station’s playlist. The band plays many Philly area venues such as World Cafe, Puck, and Sellersville Theatre. They should not be missed.
Playing With Pendulums CD Review
by Skope MagazineI have to say that all 12 songs had such a professional touch to them thanks to the crystal clear production. Not to mention the musicianship coming forth from Krista & company was off the charts. The style was very refreshing to say the least with rock & folk influences shining through as core elements. Push play and instantly you hear a happy-go-lucky instrumental on “Happy Guitar”. On the next track “Hola Nino Hermoso”, you will notice an interesting vocal delivery that makes Krista a unique artist. There was a mix of cool instrumentals and songs with vocals that added a well-balanced seesaw effect. Krista’s voice seems to have a certain charm to it that displayed a classic meets modern touch. The real magic though, I feel, comes by way of Krista’s guitar playing where I simply loved the acoustic quality. The best way to describe Krista’s overall performance is that she has a voice that makes you listen and a guitar that speaks to you. Krista brings her guitar to life just by the way she plays. Her trusty sidekick closes the show with style & finesse on “Head First, Heart Last”. I also picked up on a hellacious drum beat on track nine “Mexico” that is fast, lively and oh so good. Michael Fazekas’ performance really helped carry this song along with a phenomenal guitar presence from Krista.
Playing With Pendulums CD review
by Music Emissions, Mark MortonOn paper, Krista Parrish is an extremely gifted singer-songwriter...on paper. In the realm of aural resonance, The Krista Parrish Trio defies categorization and is a wildfire of musical expression. Her songs are more like miniature tone poems than radio-friendly singles, in that musical statements are permitted to breathe and grow with defined ambience. As a package, Playing with Pendulums barrels through an array of emotions: frustration, joy, sorrow, hope, bitterness, and even Fahrvergnügen.
Vocally, Parrish sings with the conviction of Carole King, the bold urgency of Adele, the histrionic mysticism of Stevie Nicks, and the delicate prose of Joan Baez. But she is doing much more than singing words; her voice also acts as an instrument, accompanying the "trio" and enhancing the compositions into the realm of "quartet." She treats the music less like mathematical orchestration and more as giving life to timbre-legged, pop/soul-hearted children. Each song is birthed as the elements weave together in their own organic DNA strand - from the neo-jazz drumming and the progressive rock bass runs to Parrish's potent guitar work and the aforementioned lustrous vocals.
And speaking of guitar work, Parrish can go chop-for-chop with the most downtrodden of blues guitarists to the most blister-fingered of malevolent metallers. Listen to any of the instrumental cuts on the CD; the evidence is clear that the woman is a true axe-slinger. At any given moment, she can conjure the flavors of Al Di Meola, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Eric Clapton, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and even a taste of Dave Mustaine.
To call her a folk musician would be demeaning, and to call her a singer/songwriter would be offensive. Parrish is one of a dying breed of true musicians who can encompass traits of several genres in one composition without kowtowing to the conventions of any one, all the while retaining a sense of ownership and individuality. This is the first album of "music for music's sake" that I have heard in a very, very long time.
Playing With Pendulums Cd Review
by Matheson KimKrista Parrish is one of the best finger style guitarists out there. One of the best indications of how good Parrish is with the style is on her song “Mexico”. The song begins with Krista using her fingers to hammer on the strings of her guitar to create a unique sound to the music. The finger style playing by Parrish is complimented by her strumming of the strings to create a two-style approach on the track. The two styles on one track make “Mexico” one of the strongest and most enjoyable songs on the Playing with Pendulums album by The Krista Parrish Trio. It is also one of the best tracks of the Gods of Indie Guitar compilation.
To understand just how versatile Krista Parrish is with her writing, take a listen to her song “Eye to Eye:” “Eye to Eye” sends the music into a different direction as the song sounds like it would belong with bands that spend their time creating lounge music. The lounge-style of music and Parrish’s jazz-like vocals make for a unique pairing of sounds that work well together. And strangely enough, Krista Parrish’s vocals sound as if she was born to sing that style of music. This track is the one track written by someone other than Krista as the song was written by her late brother, Corey Parrish.
Having discovered Krista Parrish for the first time while listening to the CD for the Gods of Indie Competition, I am glad for that opportunity as Playing with Pendulums, the album from The Krista Parrish trio is well worth the time it takes to listen to the entire release. As the music changes from track-to-track, you get to hear different sides to this talented musician and her band. And each side of Krista Parrish the musician is as different as the next. You’ll just have to listen to the album to discover the talent of Krista Parrish for yourself.
2012 'Feel' Review
by Music Emissions, Mark MortonFor those of you playing the home game, Eye To Eye is The Krista Parrish Trio reborn…or simply renamed, most likely to better express a full-band contribution. While it is true that the previous album, Playing With Pendulums was marked largely by Parrish’s intense guitar work and vivacious vocal performance, Feel prevails with enhanced musicality and better band coagulation. Thick, funky bass riffs and verbose percussive statements (a la Stewart Copeland) act as the beefy, technical playground for Parrish’s sparkling personality. Everything," the album’s first single and video, although seemingly designed with the “radio-friendly” mindset, still manages to encapsulate everything great about Eye To Eye. And the best thing about it is that it features a wordless chorus that still makes you want to sing-along! The simple structure and pureness of emotional spirit makes the song ideal for a rom-com or a sit-com. I Wanna Know" bears a bright, fun-in-the-sun atmosphere, and you can almost feel the sand between your toes when listening to it. It is impossible to listen to Parrish’s voice and not feel good. Once you are exposed to her music, it is as though you can now see the world through rose-tinted glasses. The traditional folk element that pretty much defined Playing With Pendulums froths forth on “Pretty Feeling,” where the guitar takes center stage. However the genre entrenchment is made a bit more ambiguous by the addition of militaristic percussion and a rollicking bass lick. Probably the most surprising song on Feel is the disco-tinged title track, wherein Parrish summons her inner Diana Ross – all in the name of fun, of course. I think the true spirit of Eye To Eye is the thrill of romance and the youthful vigor that springs forth in every song. It is all about living for today without fear of consequence.