Kat Parsons makes
her recording debut with ten original songs firmly in the female
singer/songwriter tradition. The album is produced by Ralph Covert,
leader of the Bad Examples. Her young, fresh, emotive voice delivers
her lyrics of identity and perseverance. The core of Kat Parsons'
live band is guitarist Tom Barrett and bassist Brian Cohen, both
of whom are featured throughout Framing Caroline. Rob Newhouse,
lead guitarist of The Bad Examples and formerly of The Elvis Brothers,
contributes both fretwork and two turns at the piano. Ron Barnes
of Middle 8 drums on all tracks. The well-rehearsed outfit recorded
the entire album at Mark Schwarz's UberStudio (Chicago) in just
two sessions with practically no overdubs. The
Celebrity Cafe (an online publication) honored "Framing
Caroline" with the award "Album of The Day" for Dec.
Kat Parsons performs regularly in the Chicago area and has also
toured in the mid-Atlantic region and in England.
The story behind Kat
Parsons' new album, No Will Power, is nearly as interesting as the
Kat let her loyal fanbase know that she was
ready to record her first album of new material since the national
release of Framing Caroline on Chicago indie label, Waterdog Music.
Soon thereafter, she received hundreds of emails from fans pledging
financial support and offering to pre-purchase the unrecorded disc
in hopes of making the project a reality. This unusual financial
partnership between artist and fan raised enough money for Kat to
record No Will Power, which is scheduled for a March 2005 U.S. release.
In addition to Kat's own vocals, piano and guitar,
No Will Power features performances by Michael Chaves (John Mayer,
Sarah McLachlan, Rufus Wainwright), Joe Ayoub (Liz Phair), Chris
Opperman (Steve Vai), screen-actor Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's
Wedding, Low and Sweet Orchestra), and production by Paul Maylone
(Junkie XL) and Geza X (Meredith Brooks, Tyler Hilton).
Kat spends much of her time touring and has shared
the bill with and opened shows for artists including Jim White,
The Fixx, Dave Mason, Maria Muldaur, Spin Doctors, The Knack, Jonatha
Brooke, Shannon McNally, Lori McKenna, Tristan Prettyman and Charlotte
Martin. Kat's songs have also been featured on singer-songwriter
compilations in the UK, US, and France.
Kat's been dubbed a "modern day Carole King"
and has received praise from publications including The Washington
Post ("her songs possess a fiery spirit") The Onion, Chicago
Tribune's Metromix, featured on One Way Magazine's compilation,
Music Connection and Songwriter's Monthly as well as airplay from
stations including XM's Unsigned Channel (where Kat's competed against
herself for the Top 3 "Most Played" slots), WRNR, WBEZ
the BBC and WLUW. Furthermore, Kat and her music have appeared on
MTV, Wild Chicago, Fox TV, Food Network, and KTLA-TV Los Angeles.
A recent review of Kat's live show stated, "Kat Parsons played
her acoustic heart out on a gigantic stage only to dominate every
inch of it."
Kat is currently featured on a commercial spot for
Baldwin Pianos & Gibson Musical Instruments, and she is endorsed
by Yamaha and Audix, who have named her an "Influential Emerging
Project 1999 (Niteskool Productions, USA)
Released May 1999
Includes the song "Framing Caroline"
More info: www.nikeskool.com
Cafe Volume 1 (Yew Tree Records, UK)
Released October 2000
More info: www.songwriterscafe.net
Artist Sampler Volume 1 (Trunkstock Music Group, USA)
Released November 2000
More info: www.trunkstock.com
Hoekstra Combo - Live at Sal's Music Emporium (Hinah Records, France)
Released May 2001, limited edition
Includes previously unreleased "Standing Still" (Kat Parsons)
& backing vocals
More info: www.hinah.com
With a Smile (Issue 7, UK compilation)
Released March 2001
backing vocals on Doug Hoekstra's song "If the World Was Blind"
also appears on these albums:
Statue - "Drinking from the Water Clock" (Livin' Live
Released October 2000
Kat sings backing vocals.
More info: www.thestatue.net
Hoekstra - "Around the Margins" (Inbetweens, IRCD-008,
USA & Europe)
Released March 2001