Barrie singer/songwriter Drew Parker has always been able to connect with audiences through his intensely deep and meaningful lyrics, crystal-clear vocals, and never-ending optimism about life.
Released this summer, the 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.
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 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.”
Before starting to promote his new album, Drew decided to first help a cause close to his heart by participating in the Human Rights Torch Relay, a tour meant to support human rights in China leading up to this year’s Olympic Games. The concert tour took him from New York City all the way down to Miami and back to Toronto.
The tour featured Drew’s single “Mother China,” a song about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, which he performed with artist Sterling Campbell, the drummer for the B-52s and previously David Bowie and Soul Asylum. Sterling says, “Drew sings straight from the heart about things that really matter. There’s not enough social consciousness in pop and Drew brings it to the forefront again.” Drew is also donating a portion of proceeds from his new album to efforts to stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Over the past six years, Drew has traveled the northeastern seaboard playing shows and performing at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the White House, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. He has performed live on A-Channel’s “A Morning” show, and his music has been played on radio stations like Barrie’s Rock 95 and Collingwood’s 95.1 The Peak FM. This summer he opened for Barrie’s “Sears National Kids Cancer Ride” fashion show fundraiser featuring Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha.
Though it took an exhausting two years filled with sleepless nights and countless studio hours to complete “On My Way Home,” what kept Drew and his team going was the wish to give fans a stellar musical experience with a positive vibe.
With the second half of the journey now beginning, expect to see Drew Parker performing live at various venues promoting his new album, “On My Way Home.”