- Steve Levington, Program Director, CHLY 101.7FM
Pamela Parker captures the San Francisco music scene, ranging from rock to gospel to R&B to epic psychedelia. Her band features Tom Finch on guitar/vocals, Spence Murray on bass, Chris McGrew on drums. Pamela Parker sings and plays guitar and piano. Pamela Parker’s new album dropping single by single starting in January, The Fantastic Machine blends sultry soulful vocals with powerful rock anthems. Pamela Parker has built a new sound of her own. The band brings it all together with dynamic stage presence and commanding vocals that can drive you, make you dance, or take you on a journey. The upcoming album, The Fantastic Machine, creates a fresh rock n'roll landscape with a wide range of surprising touchstones like Aretha Franklin, Thin Lizzy, Funkadelic and Heart. The last album, Evolutionary Process, debuted at #1 and was up for Album of the Year in Canada (Vancouver, BC).
Pamela Parker studied opera and commercial music (Recording/Producing/Composing) at Shenandoah Conservatory before establishing herself as a performer and music producer in the Washington, D.C. area. With her own band, she toured in the US and internationally, gaining notoriety and experience. Fulfilling a dream held since the age of 10, she finally moved to San Francisco in 2007, where she produced, engineered and released her debut record, Beautiful Day. Working the Bay Area music scene, she quickly had her pick of top players and put together an all-star line-up. The band has opened for legendary acts such as Heart and Big Brother & The Holding Co., and headlined festivals such as Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Earth Day SF, Guitarfish, Gratefulfest, Folsom Street Fair, ULUV and more. The band also completed a second album, Evolutionary Process, with Pamela earning studio time working as an engineer and producer at the legendary Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. The band's infectious blend of rock, funk and soul touched a nerve in Vancouver, British Columbia on the radio station CHLY 101.7FM, where the album debuted at #1, and was up for Album of the Year in 2013.
Pamela's relationship with Hyde Street Studios continues to blossom, as the band rounds completion of their third studio album, The Fantastic Machine. Refining their blend of elements, the band has developed a sound of their own that truly showcases each member's dynamic range. In the past couple years the band has also produced a score for an award-winning short film called Love Hurts and has composed custom music for commercial clients such as Discovery Channel, RingCentral and Verizon. Pamela Parker has created a cohesive unit with the selection of Tom Finch on guitar, Spence Murray on bass, and Chris McGrew on drums. Together they deliver an electrifying and emotional live show with irresistible dance grooves, dueling guitar leads and soulful ballads that hit home. With guitar in hand, Pamela's voice cuts right to the heart as she takes the stage to continue making the world a better place one song at a time.
"Pamela Parker is without question one of the monarchs of the San Francisco rock scene. She is not only an excellent performer, but she truly embodies the larger-than-life persona she's created for herself. Her wild style, controlled and deliberate guitar playing and powerful voice speak enough to that point, but she has also played with several incredibly talented players in her time. It's no wonder nearly every gigging musician in the city has heard of Pamela Parker, so check her out for a classic rock-inspired experience that will leave an impression." - HOODLINE.com