"FEMALE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR" - VIMA 2012
"Boho chic SOUL FOLK POP carried by dangerous lyrics, hypnotic grooves and a seductive voice"
FEMALE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR" - 2012 VIMA
For a singer-songwriter who is fresh on the minds of many music fans, Lola Parks has been turning heads for years.
When she was 14, she received the "Most Outstanding Musicianship Award" during a 5-state US tour, beating out all of the 18 year-olds. In 1999, Lola’s band Sonnenblume was selected for 100.3 The Q’s Rocktoria compilation album and was later named The Q’s Band of the Year. That same year, Lola’s song, “When Comes The Change” was featured on TV’s “Higher Ground.” In 2002, Lola released her self-titled solo debut album. Skip ahead a decade’s worth of traveling and performing around the world (including a 4-month residency at a resort in Nepal).…
Lola released her EP ‘Here,’ in 2011, for which she received 3 Vancouver Island Music Awards nominations, including Artist of the Year. She was named Female Songwriter of the Year. Citing Karen Carpenter, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Ani DiFranco, and Janis Joplin as influences, Lola Parks’ music – much like that of the aforementioned list – continues to turn heads. She has shared billing with Grammy Winner Loudon Wainwright III, Grammy Nominee Ruthie Foster, Juno Winner Jim Byrnes, and Juno Nominee Mae Moore, among others. She has performed on four continents, including in Costa Rica, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Haïti and Sri Lanka, and she has released multiple well-received recordings to date.
Off 2011's release, Here, tracks "Trouble With Me" and "Zimbabwe" continue to garner international attention and grace playlists, particularly in the UK. Parks toured with her trio through Western Canada in 2012 and 2013 before heading into the studio in Vancouver. Look for her new release, The Hustle, out now!
Adjectives used to describe Parks’ music include sultry, organic, natural, jazz-infused, smooth, soulful, genuine, honest, evocative, dangerous, and fun. An impressive list, but no amount of adjectives can quite define the intangible mystique and musical depth that is Lola Parks. Do not miss this mesmerizing, ever-evolving act!
What they’re saying about Lola Parks:
“Outstanding voice…Spot-on, beautiful work, perfect pitch, great lyrics delivered beautifully. Superb emotion and inflection, just as good as it gets. Brilliant!” – Barry Morgan, Talenttrove.com
“The song is only 17 seconds old, but I’m in love.” – AmphetaZine
“Lola Parks is definitely the most mature, original, soulful and honest fusion/folk act I’ve had the pleasure to witness…dangerous writing and immaculate vocal stylings…brilliant…” – Cosmic Debris Magazine
"[Lola's] music comes from a place of natural beauty. Like the artist herself it sings with honesty and makes the listener move closer in hopes of capturing every note and word." - Jeff Dawson, Producer/Engineer/Musician