Hook N Sling x Parson James x Betty Who - If You’re Hearing This
Southern soul-pop singer Parson James returns with “If You’re Hearing This,” a new tropical summer dance anthem, perfectly primed for party playlists everywhere. The song is a collaboration with Australian multiplatinum ARIA-nominated producer/songwriter/Remixer Hook N Sling (AKA Anthony Maniscalco) and fellow RCA Records label mate, Betty Who. Out everywhere today via RCA Records, “If You’re Hearing This” was written by David Hodges, Hook N Sling, Carly Paige and Steven Solomon, with the latter serving as co-producer alongside Hook N Sling. Your new summer anthem has arrived! Watch the lyric video HERE.
This month, Parson joined forces with Billboard.com to celebrate “30 Days of Pride,” including a feature on some of his favorite LGBTQ icons as well as a video trivia series hosted by Louis Virtel and featuring MUNA, Shamir, Brayton Bowman and Bonnie McKee. Watch the first episode on LGBTQ musiciansHERE.
Earlier this year, Parson James teamed up with New Zealand singer/songwriter Stan Walker for a lush, soulful cover of “Tennessee Whiskey” by American country music artist David Allan Coe which went on to become a viral success in Walker’s native New Zealand. Watch a performance of the duet HERE.
In January, James released a remix EP for his 2016 single, “Sad Song,” featuring three rousing reworkings courtesy of LASH (with Maty Noyes), Ossian and Gold Medal-winning Olympic diver turned DJ/producer, Chris Mears. Released last fall, “Sad Song” was written by Parson James and produced by Elof Loelv (Rihanna, Icona Pop, Zara Larsson). The South Carolina-born singer-songwriter made his morning show debut last November on NBC’s Today Show, performing a stirring rendition of his infectious pop gem for hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda, as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month. Click HERE to watch.
2016 was a breakout year for Parson James, following the release of his debut THE TEMPLE EP, which entered the Top 10 of the official iTunes pop charts last summer. Touted as an Artist to Watch by Spotify, based on their listeners’ streaming habits and the official Viral Charts he made his late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, performing the EP’s title track, “Temple” alongside the LGBT Lavender Light Choir. Parson James’ incredible music and signature sound also made a surprise prime time television appearance, this time with his stunning ballad “Waiting Game” – also taken from THE TEMPLE EP – when it was performed live by contestant finalist Trent Harmon on FOX’s American Idol.
While he is busy working on his debut album, 2017 is certain to be a big one for the 24-year old singer, with both V Magazine and Teen Vogue calling him an “Artist to Watch in 2017.” Stay tuned for more new music later this year!