Interview with music artist Jeremy Parsons

Thank you for taking the time out to answer these questions, Jeremy!

Tell us about yourself and what you do in the music industry?

I am a full-time singer-songwriter and performer. I have worked in publishing, tour management, and now I book shows for myself and travel around 3 – 4 days a week doing what I love.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?

My Dad has always been my primary person of inspiration as well as the most supportive. He’s been in my corner since day one, encouraging me to keep growing as an artist and person. He’s always been a great example of doing what you love and feeling fulfilled in that choice.

What is your greatest achievement so far?

I’ve been able to do this professionally for ten years at this point. That always feels like my most outstanding achievement. Outside of that, I’ve won a Texas Music Award, I’ve had some songs cut, befriended Little Jimmy Dickens, and I got to open for the lat-great George Jones in Houston, Texas. I’m always looking forward to accomplishing more, and it’s all about the journey.

Tell us about your latest album, “Things To Come?”

It is my most favorite thing I’ve ever made, as well as necessary. I needed to make this record and write these songs to grow both as an artist and a person. I forced myself to look inward and at all my past experiences and the lessons I gathered from them. I put all of that, along with the feelings that came with them, under a microscope. I wanted to mix it all and link everything to our day-to-day human experiences. Take specific events and make them broad so all who desired to could feel included in the story. This record comes from years worth of observation, inner struggle, and knowing that although we can’t ever fully control it all, we can choose to do better for ourselves.

Where is one place in the world that you haven’t been, that you’d really like to see?

I would love to see Scotland. I’ve had a couple of friends visit and highly recommend it. It looks beautiful, and best-case scenario, I could get a connection to play some shows while I’m over there. Either way, I think it would be a fantastic time.

Any “bucket list” collaborations and/or stages you’d like to perform on?

As far as bucket list collaborations, I would love to do something with Jason Isbell or Phoebe Bridgers. It would be great even if it were just an opening act slot for either of them. I always feel like you can learn so much about someone by just being around them and watching them do their thing. The venue I would choose for such an epic experience would be Red Rocks. It seems like the most incredible place you could play.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break into the music industry?

Remember to stay true to who you are and why you’re getting into the industry. If you have that, all you need to do is stay focused and consistent. That makes it sound pretty straightforward, but it’s a lifetime of saying no to things that you get excited about and learning to recognize what and who you can trust from who and what you can’t. Keep creating and stay loving what you do, and it will never feel like work.

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