Orlando Parker Jr. on Life in London, Music, and the Importance of Supporting Artists
Orlando Parker Jr. is a singer/songwriter, international fashion model, film and theater actor, business manager and activist in North Carolina. Orlando began as a vocalist back in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan– singing in church and performing in talent shows while in his teens lead the soulful baritone to musical theater. By age 18 appearing in a Michigan production of “a Chorus Line” among other stage productions. That would be followed by nationwide talent shows and variation of studio recording projects.Also an accomplished model, Orlando has appeared in statewide, national and international print publications such as Southern Bride & Groom, Weddings Magazine, Model Society, Elska and Munaluchi Bridal Magazine. An assortment of runway, print and brand ambassadorship work has kept the artist and producer busy over the years.After taking hiatus from the music business to focus on education, Orlando returned in 2016 with his first commercial release, a completely reworked cover of Stevie Wonder’s ”Master Blaster”. A music video for the song was filmed in London, England in summer 2016. Four months after releasing ”The Master Blaster (Jam Lando)” came “VALERIE (2016)”, a cover inspired by the late Amy Winehouse. A music video to accompanied the single. Filming which took place in Raleigh, NC included a more elaborate production.February 23, 2017, the debut EP entitled “TELL me NO” was released. The title track a remake of a Whitney Houston song never released commercially. Also featured, high energy, full band recordings of Valerie and Master Blaster. Rounding out the five song EP, which also includes Parker’s 2016 mellow version of Valerie, is the original song “Transcend”, written by the singer.TELL me No is available worldwide for download/streaming. Parker’s third video features two songs, Transcend and the 2017 version of Valerie. The video is available on the the Orlando Parker Jr. official YouTube channel.Latest release: “Stunt Kween” – Digital single released worldwide 08/29/2017 accompanied by a music video directed by Orlando Parker Jr. on location in Paris, France and London, England.
Hear what Orlando has to say to RDU on Stage about moving amidst a pandemic, music, and more.
Check out Orlando’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChOJCodTz0EFyyN5_J61GXg