Jim Parker has been a professional songwriter, musician for over 50 years with numerous singles and albums to his credit. Since the late 1970s, he has written with country artist John Anderson, winning an ASCAP award by charting their song I’ve Got a Feelin’ and a top ten single with the song Chicken Truck. John Anderson’s recent CD holds the title song they co-wrote called Bigger Hands.
Jim’s 1960s band The Kitchen Cinq was recently featured in Lee Hazelwood’s coffee table book. Lee Hazelwood, songwriter producer and singer wrote “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” Later this year ACE Records (UK) and Light in The Attic Records (US) will be releasing a 4 CD box set anthology of the music by The Kitchen Cinq including a booklet of pictures and memorabilia of their career. Jim is the creator and has been host of the Jim Parker Songwriter Series at the VBC for eleven years.
Jim’s co-writers are John Anderson, Don Henry, Wood Newton, CJ Watson, Mark Narmore, Noah Gordon, Byron Hill, Casey Kelly, Leslie Ellis, Steve Dean, Bruce Michael Miller, Dan Demay, Gerald Smith, Bill Whyte, JonMark Stone, Dave Gibson, Chris Gantry, Andrew Pope, Billy Ryan Droze and others.
EXTENSIVE LIVE PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT THE STATES
Invited guest of the Bluebird, Puckett’s, The Listening Room, Tin Pan South, Frank Brown Songwriter Festival, Pensacola Songwriters Festival, Port Saint Joe Songwriter Festival, Navarre Beach Songwriter Festival with house concerts scattered throughout the States.
JIM PARKER’S SONGWRITERS SERIES ® at the VON BRAUN CENTER (VBC) in Huntsville, AL
In March of 2005, Jim Parker began hosting his Songwriter’s Series at the VBC Playhouse in Huntsville, AL continuing to present North Alabama and the surrounding area with professional songwriters from Nashville, Atlanta, Muscle Shoals, Memphis, Los Angeles, Canada and other areas.
THE ACOUSTIC SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at BEEF O’BRADY’S (Songwriters Showcase with Professional Songwriters In The Round)
2/2005 to 4/2005 – Weekly venue presenting North Alabama and surrounding area with professional songwriters from Nashville, Atlanta, Muscle Shoals, Memphis and Madison County area at Beef O’Brady’s in Madison, AL.
THE ACOUSTIC SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at LAKE IDA (Songwriters Showcase with Professional Songwriters ITR)
10/2003 to 9/2004 – Continued venue of presenting North Alabama and surrounding area with professional songwriters from Nashville, Atlanta, Muscle Shoals, Memphis and Madison County area at Lake Ida Corner Market in Athens, AL.
THE ACOUSTIC CAFÉ at “SISTER GOOCH” (Songwriters Showcase with Professional Songwriters ITR)
10/2002 to 8/2003 – New venture with Doug Gooch at Sister Gooch that presented the City and surrounding area with professional songwriters from Nashville, Atlanta, Muscle Shoals, Memphis and Madison County area.
JIM & FRIENDS (Songwriter Showcases with Anita Palmer & Donny Grace)
1999 to present include The Bluebird, Nashville TN, The Boardwalk Café Nashville, TN, The Broken Spoke Nashville, TN, The Hall of Fame Nashville, TN, The Fizz Muscle Shoals, AL, The Crossroads Café Huntsville, AL, UAH Coffee House Huntsville, AL and many others.
HUNTSVILLE/MADISON SONGWRITERS NETWORK/WORKSHOP
(Assisting songwriters in crafting and marketing of songs)
1986 to 2005. Merged with www.NorthAlabamaSongwriters.
DAVE and SUGAR (On tour from Nashville, Tennessee)
1982-1984 Rhythm guitar
1978 ASCAP SONGWRITER’S AWARD for “I’ve Got A Feelin”, recorded by John Anderson on Warner Brothers Records. John Anderson’s first Warner Brothers release remained on Billboard’s National charts for 11 weeks peaking in the top 20s.
1981 BMI SONGWRITER’S AWARD for “Chicken Truck”, recorded by John Anderson on Warner Brothers Records. This song reached #8 in the nation on the Billboard country charts and is currently on John Anderson’s 1st Greatest Hits album.
JET (Nashville, Tennessee)
1980-1982 A contemporary trio formed with Jerri Kelly and Tom Pallardy. Performed extensively in Nashville clubs and quickly earned a solid reputation as a demo group for other writers and publishers as well. All three members of Jet brought major concert, club and studio experience to the group. Each is a published songwriter with cuts by artist such as John Anderson, Bill Anderson, Loretta