James Parks Bio
Performer & Song Writer
“In the arms of heaven, the whole world was right...” Lyrics from J. Parks, ‘Sedona’
Born June 1, 1979 in Scottsdale, AZ
The O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona is just over the hill from my great‐great uncles’ ranch which
still stands in St. David Arizona—family owned for over 100 years. Some of my fondest memories
are of time spent on their ranch camping near the homestead pond and spending time with
dad—Kevin, brother—Ryan, bampa/grandfather—Jim, and my great‐great uncles—Frank and Marwood.
One such memory, occurred when I was about eight years old walking back to the ranch house from
a distant pasture with my great‐great uncle Marwood. As the sun continued to set lower in the horizon,
the bushes along the path took on eerie shapes; not wanting to appear frightened, I kept my gaze down
attempting with all my might not to show any fear. Never having children of his own, Marwood wasn’t one
to show much emotion and spoke very few words. Somehow sensing my discomfort but sparing my young
ego, he asked if I would mind holding his hand as it was growing dark and difficult for him to see the
road—never mind my great‐great uncles could have walked their property blindfolded. I, of course,
gladly took his hand—happy to be of service but even happier to have a grown‐up bolster my anxious nerves.
My mom—Cyndy was waiting for us as we finally neared the end of the road and she later reflected
that seeing us walking hand in hand is one of her favorite memories—generations connected.
“Picture perfect place in time” Lyrics from J. Parks, ‘Girl in a 4‐Wheel Drive’
When I picked up my first guitar along with a few 30 minute guitar lessons at the age of twelve,
I was hooked. Writing songs as a teenager in Phoenix, Arizona about adolescent‐angst, life, and love
gave me an outlet. I’m kind of a big guy so I’m also known as Brother Bear and Hoss to my family and
friends. I continue to write songs (chords and lyrics) reflecting my love of home, family, the simple
pleasures in life, relationships, humor, along with their hardships and loss. The writing process
comes in waves…it can be a fifteen minute got‐to‐get‐this down experience, or sometimes years
in the making—definitely a creative roller‐coaster ride.
Growing up, listening to all kinds of music, I’m inspired to this day by a variety of artists and
everyday events…from Skynyrd to Jennings; Allman Brothers to Zeppelin; Haggard to Tritt;
Bonanza episodes, John Wayne films, a favorite movie, ‘Trip to Bountiful,’’ or a chat with a
neighbor—all taught me that it’s about one’s commitment of expression—be true to the music.
My songs such as ‘All American Cowgirl,’ and ‘Girl in a 4‐Wheel Drive’ make you want to
dance, along with ‘Love Thing,’ a definite sing‐along. ‘Sedona,’ a personal song of love and loss,
might bring a tear, but ‘First Class, White Trash,’ will make you smile. I love performing, singing
acoustic solo, or with the band. It’s such a trip doing pre‐shows for great artists as Keith Urban,
Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, and playing with the band regularly at ‘Toby Keith’s, I Love This Bar.
’ Singing from the heart, whether it’s with an electric or acoustic guitar, I consider it an honor and
a privilege to bring enjoyment to the audience.
“With A Little Faith,” Song title by J. Parks
Having lived in both Nashville, and currently in Phoenix, I take every opportunity to be
outdoors—hiking, fishing, etc. My greatest joy comes from spending time with my daughter, Faith.
She gives me so much inspiration. Faith has a sweet loving nature, a wonderful laugh, and a great
outlook on life. But once and awhile when she seems a little down, I take her hand and life’s road
becomes a little easier to see for both of us—generations connected.
Hope you enjoy my latest CD.