TJ Parker was born in Detroit Michigan, and then relocated with his family to southern California. He started playing guitar, singing and writing at age eleven. Influences include Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Jimmy Hendrix, Stones, Beatles, Bobby Bland and All the Blues kings (Freddie King, B.B. King, Albert King). And of course and most importantly all the Motown artist and all of the "Funk Brothers."
TJ became interested in pursuing studio work at age eighteen. Just out of high school, he began recording for many name artists for Motown (Hitsville) and Solar records (Shalamar) along with world tours and recordings for Belinda Carlisle (from the Go-Gos), Charlie Sexton, Hiroshima, Three Dog Night, Gary Wright (Dream Weaver), and many other live shows in support of recording projects. He has also done T.V. and film dates and voiceovers for many well known entertainment clients.
After leaving his duties as a side man he put together a band and played many shows as "TJ Parker", and he has opened for some well known acts via the Santa Barbara Bowl through his good friend Sam Scranton (general manager of the Bowl). The acts include Michael McDonald, Jackson Brown, David Crosby, Brian Setzer, Buddy Guy, and Little Feet.
He also has been played many times on KLOS 95.5 Rock Radio as a featured artist by another great friend Bill Hartew (program director for the local licks show).
TJ Parker also had a long running stand at the world famous Light House In Hermosa Beach and Café Boogaloo. This helped in developing his live performance skills along with a faithful following and an acute sense of what could move his audience to a soulful place with his guitar, vocals and song composition.
Solo Recording Projects
2004 :: New C. D. titled "Vision released by Blue Siren Records with 11 (5-- for promo copy) songs all written, performed, arranged and produced by TJ Parker
1995 :: Signed to Ice bone Records for the release of his debut LP "Last Time It's Gonna Rain"
1993 :: Signed to Mike Varneys Blues Bureau International label for the release of the compilation LP "S. F. Blues Summit Volume 1"
Recording & Touring Credits as a Featured Guitar Player
Belinda Carlisle - Live Your Life Be Free (MCA Records)
Charlie Sexton - Live at the Palace (Released in Japan)
Hiroshima - East (CBS Records)
Hiroshima - Another Place (CBS Records)
Shalimar - The Look LP
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me LP
Spinners - Crossfire (Motown Records)
Tavares - (Motown Records)
Charlene Oliver - (Motown Records)
Marvin Hamlish, Jr.
Spooky Tooth "live" in - Europe 2005
TJ Parker band :: House of Blues Festival, playing on the bill with Buddy Guy, Brian Setzer, Little feet.
TJ Parker Band :: Earth Day at the Santa Barbara Bowl Opening for Michael McDonald, Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Christopher Cross
TJ Parker Band :: Manhattan Beach,Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Costa Mesa concert series.
Belinda Carlisle (World Tour)
Charlie Sexton (World Tour)
Gary Wright (Recording and Tour)
Hiroshima (3 World Tours)
Three Dog Night (World Tour)
Arsenio Hall (Two appearances with Belinda Carlisle)
Knight Rider (Guitar & Vocal session)
Music Producer of all Lexus events coordinated in O.C and L.A.
T.V. and Movies
Coors light Commercial :: lead vocal and all guitars
Last Dragon :: Soundtrack performance
O'Hara :: T.V. Soundtrack
Soul Train Music Awards :: Hiroshima with George Duke
Joy of Sex :: Entire soundtrack performance
Japan Airlines Commercial :: Lead Vocal