Yesterday, American Songwriter exclusively premiered hit-penning singer/songwriter Drew Parker’s newest single “While You’re Gone.” This ballad starts off slow then builds up throughout the song. It highlights multiple angles to Parker’s songwriting, balancing sadness and humor at the same time. Listen to the single here.
“This song reminds me of everything I grew up listening to in the 90s. It’s a song that tells a story in a unique way, but also has a slight comical side to it. One that is just so fun to sing and relatable to anyone that has ever gone through a break up. Being able to write it with my buddy Jameson Rodgers made it even more special,” said Parker.
“’While You’re Gone’ is a strong songwriter’s outing. A clear theme, catchy chorus, and a tried-and-true song structure of verse-verse-chorus, are nestled within dynamically bold and smooth production that lets glimmers of country music timbre.” – Kira Grunenberg, American Songwriter
Parker has begun to experience big success in Nashville in just the few short years that he has been in town. He co-wrote Jake Owen’s No. 1 hit earlier this year, “Homemade,” as well as multiple Luke Combs hits including “1, 2 Many” featuring Brooks and Dunn.
Parker is set to open for Luke Combs on his “What You See Is What You Get” tour when touring starts back up again in 2021. He has been busy writing and recording throughout quarantine as well and is getting ready to release an EP this Fall. Oh, not to mention he and wife, Mallory, had their first child in the midst of the pandemic, daughter Harley Greer was born the same week “Homemade” went No. 1. For more information, check out Parker’s website.
About Drew Parker
It takes some folks 10 years to make a name for themselves in Music City, but in the three short years that Drew Parker has lived in Nashville, TN, he has been able to accomplish things he never dreamed were possible. Coming from a small, unincorporated town of Stewart, Georgia (located in Covington, Georgia), Parker began singing at age 3 in front of small church crowds. Over the years, he began to build his confidence and, at age 14, he decided to pick up a guitar and teach himself how to play songs from his inspirations, such as Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, and Alan Jackson. At age 18, he expanded his musical abilities and learned to play piano, both of which he still uses today to craft lyrics and rhymes into songs. Parker made the move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015 and signed a publishing deal with RiverHouse/WarnerChappell in September of 2017. He is a co-writer on Luke Combs’ debut platinum record “This One’s For You”, Jake Owen’s single “Homemade” and Luke Combs’ “1,2 Many”. Aside from his cowboy hat and boots, Drew Parker is the definition of true country. He is genuine, honest, and carries an old soul that resonates with many. He is on the rise and sees no end in sight. For more information visit drewparkermusic.com/.