The honeyed vocals of Cecil Parker serve up music that’s both hot and smooth. A singer, songwriter, and above all, consummate performer, Cecil Parker has been compared to Maxwell, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Lou Rawls if these old school greats were fused with current acts like Usher, Kem, Eric Benet and Ne-Yo. His music has the authentic back story shaped on the streets of Philadelphia where Parker grew up. An athletic scholarship for track and field drew Parker to a major university, but his heart was drawn to music. It was while still at Penn State that Parker got a taste of performing. Quite literally pushed onto stage at a college talent night, he received applause and an ovation for covering the B-side of a Jackson 5 record.
Signed first by Stan Watson at Philly Groove Records, Parker moved to TEC/WMOT Records where he received his first world-wide release. Although his album “Chirpin’” included popular singles like “Really, Really Love You” and “Love Is,” ultimately Parker has gone the independent route with his music. His first release as an indie artist on his own Spectrum label was the moving ballad “I’m So Hurt.” He worked with producer Terry Price and then with Philly producing legend Vince Montana Jr. on the Linda Creed-Thom Bell composition “I Think I’ll Tell Her.”
A skilled musician, Parker sings a four-octave range and is an accomplished songwriter and well regarded recording artist. Both in front of the mic and behind the mixing board, Parker shines. With a genre that appeals across the board from R&B and pop to dance hits, Parker is sure not to disappoint live or on record. Parker’s worldwide success is easily attributed to his rich vocals and solid mix of ballads and dance classics.
Official website: www.cecilparker.com