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By SHARON JENNINGS
Parker Matthews has had his share of glorious moments as well as tough times. But the tough times have enabled him to help others. Like many adolescents, Matthews struggled with being misunderstood and he even contemplated suicide, but music saved him.
Finding his voice was a turning point in his life. Inspired by the likes of Whitney Houston, and Christina Aguilera, he delved into a life of creativity and compassion, helping others in their walk to adulthood. Matthews is active in suicide prevention and through his music and inspiration, spreads the word that life is truly worth living.
“Lost With You,” is Matthews’ first single and helps underscore the importance of believing in yourself and that life really does get better.
Tell us about your new single and video, “Lost With You,” and how you came to create it? Does it have special meaning to you?
The idea behind “Lost With You” came from a night I spent with someone earlier this year. We were very informally dating, but that night, in that moment, I felt a connection that words can’t quite explain. Looking back on that night, I was thinking, ‘Can that moment last forver?’ and then the words just started flowing out of me and I had the lyrics for the song. The point of the song, is let go of our internal fears of opening up to someone. To taking a chance on that person, and to really be able to express the feeling of love, at an unwavering rate. In this life, we are constantly being pulled in so many directions, that the idea of a relationship becomes opaque. However if you can let the everything fade away, even for ‘that moment’ and allow the idea of a realtionshp come into clarity, that’s when you truly find something. I wanted the video to be very simple, and resemble a feeling of freedom, a feeling of expression, and a symbol of not caring (in a good way) about anything else except you and that person. I wanted a feeling of fantasy to carry though as well, because the mind and fantasy are what help motivate us every day.
What is the secret to a good collaboration? How did you meet your producer?
The secret to a good collaboration is being able to bring something to the table that the others you’re collaborating with cannot. Of course you need to vibe with those you’re working with, but being able to give something authentic and something original is the most important. I met my producer and writing partner, Darren, through a friend of his that I went on a Tinder date with. As funny as it might sound, it really goes to show that fate has a determination to see things through. I’ll also let the record show, that the individual I went on the date with and I have become great friends since!
What is your favorite kind of music? What is so attractive about that genre?
I honestly love pretty much all kinds of music, but if I had to pick one, pop would be my favorite. All music is a form of art and a form of expression. Songs tell a story, while chord progressions melodically ask questions and the resolution of another chord provides the answer, but pop is my favorite because it’s one genre that literally has no limits. While thinking inside the box provides confort, I prefer to think and live outside the box, and the pop genre allows me to do just that.
Who are the musicians you most admire and why?
I look up to a lot of female artists because they’re such incredibly strong people. Christina Aguilera is my hometown girl, who conveys such strength through her vocals. Other artist I like are Jessie J, Adele, Jhud, and Whitney Houston, to name a few.
Any plans to tour in the new year?
This year has a LOT coming, in the way of new music and live shows. No dates are officially set as of now, but stay tuned!
What advice would you give other young artists today?
I would say by biggest piece of advice to young artists is never let someone else’s opinion keep you from doing the things you want to do. Believing in yourself is what creates the driving force behind you and your career. Everyone else can tell you that you can’t, but if you tell yourself that you can, then you WILL!
Where can we follow you and where can our readers catch you live next?