I first heard of Parson James when I heard the song “Stole the Show” by Kygo, which Parson James was featured in. When I first heard the song, I immediately fell in love with Parson James’ voice. Then I did what any other sane person would do … I internet stalked him. The problem being, there was NO information about him out there. I couldn’t find any original music of his, so imagine by wonderful surprise when others began discovering his voice. Now Parson James has a new EP out and The Temple is the perfect introduction to this wonderful artist.
Parson James is a bi-racial man who was born to a teenage mother and a father who was constantly absent. James came out while in his teens and his journey is beautiful portrayed in the EP. His vocals are full of soul and his melodies are pop-inspired in a way that catches your attention immediately. The gospel influence is also present in everyone of the songs, which gives us a wonderful insight into Parson James’ upbringing . The Temple starts off with the title track “Temple” which is a gospel-esque tune that describes the criticism that he faced, being a bi-racial gay teen.
Oh, lordy, I wish it was just some day
But it’s another Sunday
Oh, lordy, the people here, they all say
That I’m making a mistake
Oh, lordy, they’re whispering my name now
Putting it to flames now
Oh lordy, what is it that I’ve done to become the bad one?
In the EP James also treats us to a stripped version of “Stole the Show” which sounds beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. He closes the EP with “Waiting Game” which is a piano ballad that, to me, is about this game we call life. It’s the song that connected with me the strongest. We’ve all been there; wanting to give up, refusing to get out of bed, sure that you will continue to fail. “Waiting Game” gives you the push that you need.
There’s just this waiting game
and i don’t know how to play
its enough of a fight, staying a live anyway
The Temple is inspirational, motivational, heartbreaking, and loving all at the same time. I can’t wait for Parson James to release his debut album. I encourage-no, I demand that you go and get this EP. Lets celebrate an artist that takes his craft seriously and is willing to bare his soul for the listeners.
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