Genre: Folk, adult contemporary, pop, singer/songwriter, contemporary folk
Imagine mixing John Mayer’s pop and Bob Dylan’s folk with a bursting optimism that never lets up. What you’d have is the refreshing new sound of Toronto-area singer/songwriter Drew Parker.
Drew’s debut acoustic pop/rock album, “On My Way Home,” was produced by Adrian Morales-Demori at Heiga AudioVisual in Florida, and mastered by six-time Grammy-nominee and Juno-winner Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters. Album track “See Me Go” won Honorable Mention in the 2010 Billboard
World Song Contest, and the album reached the 2009 Grammy Award’s entry ballot alongside artists such as Neil Diamond and Jakob Dylan.
Press reactions to the album have been overwhelmingly positive, like Chris Carrigan of Canada’s 97.7 the Beach who says it is, “Refreshing, positive, and delightful. Drew Parker turns the downs in life… into ups.” John Eaton of Canada’s 95.1 The Peak FM says, “It’s refreshing to hear an album that relies on great melodies, interesting stories and solid musicianship to get its point across.” The Epoch Times calls it a “Masterful experience,” while Massimo Ferro of Italy’s Radio Voce Spazio 93.8 remarks “’On My Way Home’ is really an excellent album.”
Drew won a second Honorable Mention in the 2010 Billboard World Song Contest for his song “Mother China.” The song tells the story of the Communist
Party’s persecution of Falun Gong, a peaceful exercise practice emphasizing truth,
compassion, and tolerance. A North-American human rights concert tour featured the song, where Drew performed in cities such as New York, Miami, and
Toronto, playing with artists like Sterling Campbell from the B-52s.
Drew has performed live on various morning talk shows, like Canada’s A-Channel program “A Morning” and Canada’s Rogers program “Rogers Daytime”. His music has also been played on radio stations like Rock 95 and 95.1 The Peak FM. Drew’s “Christine” music video received 21,000 views on youTube, and the song won “Best Folk” at Barrie’s New Music Awards. He has also performed at Barrie’s huge Kempenfest festival and Barrie’s New Music Festival.