Debuting her highly anticipated freshman project, Frankie Parker is excited about her new-found reception as one of Chicago’s premier R&B singers/songwriters. With such songs as, “Divine Destiny”, “Divorce Party”, and “Hot Pot of Grits”, Frankie Parker combines vulnerability, life lessons, and most importantly love to create “Breezy”. Her currently released single, “Peace, Love, and Wine” was rotated on Chicago’s WVAZ 102.7 FM radio station and has received rave accolades. “This is a hit- an ultimate steppers’ cut”, says V103’s DJ Eric E.T. Taylor. Frankie Parker’s mature lyrics and derivatively vintage voice serves as a promising concoction for a music career full of success and longevity.

“Breezy” is a melodic diary that depicts the emotional changes one faces when dealing with marriage and its challenges. She combines her love for the old school R&B, hip-hop, and spoken word to create a fresh, yet familiar sound. Frankie Parker patterns this musically, semi-biographical journey after one of her favorite albums, entitled, “Here My Dear”, written by Marvin Gaye. “I consider my album to be the long-awaited response to “Hear My Dear”. Maybe when people listen to my project, it will prompt them to take a listen to what I consider as Marvin’s ‘hidden gem’”. Writing nine out of the ten songs on the “Breezy” project, Frankie paints vivid pictures, giving the listener an opportunity to envision themselves as the various characters written in each song. “Hot Pot of Grits”, has brought smiles to women and fear to men. After listening to “Grits”, DJ Neva from New Jersey City, New Jersey stated that “Grits” has, “Actual lyrics that actually have significance. Thank you.” DJ Chuckfresh from Des Moines, Iowa described the single as “smooth and also funny”. “Hot Pot of Grits” was voted as the 2010 number one single for independent artists on the “Marvell Gable Radio Show”. “Breezy” is scheduled to be released during the first quarter of 2012.

Although Frankie Parker is a talented songwriter, she has a natural niche for captivating her audience through her stage performances. Since the age of 4, she has been performing in front of a crowd. She’s performed at the House of Blues, The Grand Ole’ Opry, Close Up II, Northern Illinois University, The Green Dolphin, Little Black Pearl and many other Chicagoland venues. She’s opened for Montel Jordan, Shai, rapper Sweet Juices, the Stellar Awards, and others. In 2011, she took first prize at the Femme Fatale M.C. Music Competition. She creates an experience that allows the viewer to feel every note she sings. “Her show was awesome. She did her [thing] [for sure]…I’m feelin’ this joint”, says Philadelphia’s own DJ Russ.

Frankie Parker’s musical odyssey began at an early age. According to her parents, as a toddler, she taught herself how to change the albums on the turntable. At 5, she recorded her first album with a local community choir. After being involved with the school chorus, band, and several community choirs, she decided to pursue a degree in vocal performance at Columbia College- Chicago. Although she has yet to complete her education, she has applied all that she’s learned to her craft. Frankie has also trained at A&A Music Academy, studying vocal performance there, as well.

Frankie Parker is expected to have a large impact on the urban music scene in Chicago, and eventually the world. She is dedicated to perfecting her craft and continuing to write songs with substance and soul. When asked where she sees herself in five years, she confidently says, “I see myself on tour, with my band, and creating music for myself and others…You know, living the good life!”

Monday, December 5, 2011

Don't be my footstool!

Yesterday, I attended church and received a word that I knew sent just for me. The sermon was about the effect that enemies can have on your ministry. The pastor spoke of how when you're attempting to be on the right path, there's always someone who you consider yourself to be close with that attempts to corrupt your plans and visions. Since the enemy has a tendency to appear as a friend at first, one can be completely unaware of the enemy's intentions at the beginning.
How many times have you heard of stories where chit-chatting with girlfriends about relationships lead to a boyfriend being stolen by that girlfriend that you were discussing your relationship with? How many times have you heard of women who's significant other didn't agree with the girlfriend/wife returning to school, so suddenly, the woman is with child and unable to complete her studies? From the industry side of things, how many times have you witnessed backstabbing take place for the sake of notoriety? One way or another, we've all witnessed this. I've dealt with jealousy for a long time, and it hurts more when it comes from people that you love and look up to. I lost a friend to that evil spirit, and I had no clue they felt this way until it was too late to salvage what was left of our friendship. Don't get me wrong. I love that person, but now that I know that he/she is capable of hurting on that level, I could never be as close to him/her as I was before.
It's not a good feeling to witness blatant betrayal for a slight gain, but it happens in all the time in our lives. When dealing with haters, the best thing to do is pray for them and keep it moving. And here's a little hint: If you have a hater every once and while, it can be used as a gauging tool to determine just how successfully dedicated you are to your craft/ talent. Haters only come out when they feel like you're doing something right. They're just not ready to admit it.

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