Friday, 27 September 2013
Ok- so I know it has been quite a while since I've written anything on here- but for those who like to really keep up with me, I post constantly on my facebook page (facebook.com/kellyparkes518, or click on the facebook logo on the homepage of this site! - make sure to add me as a friend if you haven't already done so!).
There are a few big things coming up for me and I'm really stoked to tell you about them!
-#1- About a month ago, I was asked to perform at the BIG I 105 WIOV's FALL FEST in Lancaster, PA. Some of you know that is where I grew up. This is HUGE- As it is one of the largest country music festivals in PA! Fall Fest is something I have been wanting to be a part of since I started my music career and knew what Fall Fest was. I'm lookin forward to a great show! The Fall Fest is on October 13th (for more details check out the TOUR DATES page). I'm thrilled to tell you that I'll be sharing the stage with some incredible country artists/bands like LONESTAR & JOE NICHOLS! I am feeling incredibly blessed and absolutely cannot wait to rock the stage :) I hope to see you there!!!
-#2- I recently recorded my newest single which is coming in November. It's a Christmas song titles "I Believe," in which I co-wrote with a few other very talented writers. It's a super awesome & catchy song about believing in the jolly old man with a white beard and a red suit- Santa Claus! It will be available on iTunes no later than November 1st. I will also have physical copies for sale! I can't wait for everyone to hear it!... Christmas & the holiday season in general is my FAVORITE time of the year! So hearing this song and singing this song over and over again has made it hard to remember its still only September! ...funny story tho- when I recorded this in July, there were all kinds of Christmas/Holiday movies on TV- It really was Christmas in July and totally helped put me in the Christmas Spirit for recording "I Believe" :)
-#3- This one directly links to #2 :) My new single, "I Believe," has been turned into a whimsical Christmastime Children's book! It has incredible & cute illustrations! My hopes for this book is that it turns into one of the classic Christmas Eve "bedtime stories" ... It's easy for young readers to read aloud or just as great to be read to them as they lay their heads down. On the homepage of this site (to the left hand side) is a small picture of the front cover of the book. If you click on it, it will take you to the publisher's website where you can purchase the book. Once you've received a copy, there will be a download card inside with a sequential code. Come back to kellyparkes.com and click on the Christmas Ornament (also in the left hand side) and you will then be able to input your code and download a FREE copy of the song!
I hope you guys are as excited as I am about all of this! I LOVE when big things happen! Can't wait for everyone to hear the new single and read the book! :)
I'll be back to tell ya more soon!
xo kp <3
Posted on 09/27/2013 11:18 AM by kelly parkes
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Well Hi!! My gosh, where to start?!
Ok, ok... I know I've promised to keep y'all updated on my day to day life... but I'll tell ya, it's been one heck of a whirlwind! Hence- why it's taken me forever to update this blog! I'm Sorry! (Don't forget, you can typically keep up with me on facebook, which I update daily- sometimes more!)
So- When I last updated, we were in the middle of the Don't Make Me Radio Tour, right? Right! CRS had come and gone, and went swimmingly :) ... Since then, the label and I decided to take the first 5 songs I recorded with them and make an official EP (extended play) album, which I cleverly titled "First 5" .. It's got all my singles we've released to Country radio, including hits like "Nothing," "Girl With A Fishing Rod," & "Don't Make Me." It also includes a song, which has become a favorite of mine, ALL CRIED OUT... We are releasing it to radio in less than a week! (Monday, June 18, 2012).. and I am SOOOOO Stoked! :) Even cooler- we made my VERY FIRST Official Music Video for the single! I got the chance to work with the very established and talented RAY BOONE..I'll tell ya, Mr. Mike Borchetta NEVER ceases to AMAZE me with all he does for me and the faith he has in me. The Borchettas are such incredible people<3! In just the last 24 hours we've gotten over 3,000 hits on YouTube, bring the total to over 11,000 as of this morning! WOW! I have the BEST fans & friends! All the support I'm getting in literally blowing my mind :)
So please, if you have a second, go to the Media page (Button at the top of this screen) and watch the first video at the top of the page! It's also on my About Kelly page. It'd be so cool if y'all can share it on your facebook profiles, twitter, etc... leave comments, too! (knowing what you think is one of my favorite parts of being able to leave comments!)
Something else about the video that's got me realllllly excited is that in just a short time, the Official Music Video for All Cried Out will be available on MUSIC CHOICE ON DEMAND! How COOL!?! Just go to your onDemand menu, go to music>genre>country>Kelly Parkes: All Cried Out .... I can't wait! What an unbelievable experience/opportunity I'm being given! Thanks Tiff! :)
As for anything else, well, the label and I are preparing for the ALL CRIED OUT RADIO TOUR 2012 :) It's gonna be awesome! The writer's of the song are from Canada...guess who just got her passport?! This Girl! I'll not only be touring the US, but Canada as well! I've even got a good friend I might be able to visit while I'm on tour! - haven't seen him since I was 13 years old, celebrating Christmas & New Years in Florida!
I've got quite a bit going on and it's going to be a crazy few months to come, but I'm ready! Are You?!
Don't forget, come Monday (6.18.12), call your favorite Country Radio stations and start requesting ALL CRIED OUT!
Thanks sosososososooooo Much!
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Posted on 06/12/2012 4:51 PM by Kelly Parkes
Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Okkkkk So, In other news:
CRS (Country Radio Seminar) was a Smashing Success! I made so many new radio friends and got to reconnect with some old ones! On Feb. 22nd, I had a big showcase at the legendary Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Broadway in Downtown Nashville. If you were there THANK YOU!!! I had an INCREDIBLE intro by the one and only Mike Borchetta and the super Paul Ciliberto (from THUNDER 102 in Liberty, NY). The show went off without a hitch- I had a stellar band and background vocalists!
Now that crazy CRS week is over- I took a few days off so one of my best friends -Chelsea- and I could surprise our other best friends (and roommate) -Beth- with tickets to the Kelly Clarkson STRONGER Tour for her Bachelorette Party!-we kept it classy! No Drinkin done - especially in a strange town with a small group of gorgeous gals! IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE! We had such a great trip. Beth, Chelsea, Annie, and I road tripped it to Greenville, SC for the concert and had a heck of a time!
Now I'm back at it for week 7 of the Don't Make Me Radio Tour! Where did this week take me?! Well I left Sunday night to do a radio show in Huntingdon, TN on Monday morning- then drove with my road manager, Brad, to Biloxi, MS... after that we left this mornin for TEXAS!!! So now I'm currently sittin in my hotel room bloggin/watching TV/ and being REALLY REALLY EXCITED about the radio chart news I wrote about at the beginning of the blog! haha... I'll stick around TX for a couple days doin radio in places like Corpus Christie and Livingston... then it will be back towards Louisiana and then finally makin the home stretch back to Nashville for a couple of days!
Not sure where next week will take me... stay tune to find out! :)
Posted on 03/06/2012 10:28 PM by Kelly Parkes
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
So I am SO THRILLED to tell you that the radio tour is going so WELL! Beyond expecations.... The single "Don't Make Me" is getting such an unbelievable positive response! I have so many of you to thank for that :) I have the greatest fans in the world. I have really come to love all of you as more than fans...but as friends! Without y'all, I wouldnt be able to do what I do. So....
The last couple of weeks have been so crazy! I have been touring through a bunch of cities! My road manager and i have been traveling down through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Indiana! The rest of this week I will be in Iowa and Illinois :) I am gonna list on the homepage all the stations that are playing the record across the country!
I'm gonna keep it short and sweet tonight because I have an early morning! We are driving about 500 miles tomorrow :) (not too bad, but we will add that to the some 5,000+ miles we've done so far on this tour!)
I love y'all so much and hope to hear from ya soon!
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Posted on 01/31/2012 8:47 PM by Kelly Parkes
Sunday, 01 January 2012
Whewww!! What a way to bring in 2012!!! I hope y'all had a wonderful New Year Celebration! I know I did- spend it with some of the best people I know! :) I also hope y'all had a blessed Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Whatever you may have been celebrating! :) I only asked Santa for one thing this year, and that was to bring my music into each of your lives :) I am hoping he succeeded! Haha.
So, I know it's been quite some time since I've blogged. I'm Sorry! :( But one of my many resolutions for the new year is to blog more often!
Here is what I've got goin on thru the beginning of the year!- As a lot of you may already know, I have finished my work in the studio for the "Don't Make Me" EP and we finished 3 brand new songs! 1.Don't Make Me, 2.As Good As Me, & 3. All Cried Out. All three tracks are available on iTunes, Amazon, etc... Where ever you like to purchase your digital downloads, the should be available! :)
- Comin up on January 16th, we will be officially releasing "Don't Make Me" to radio and starting the official "Don't Make Me" Radio Tour 2012. I'm SOOOO Excited! We are going to be headed down South first. (yesss the sunshine will be much appreciated!, Even tho Nashville has been unexpectedly warm this winter!) I will be headed into Florida to visit stations in Ocala, Sarasota, and Orlando (to name a few!). Shortly after, I will be headed back up North to PA, MD, VA, WV, NJ, NY, NH, ME, RI, and making our way to TX, CA, WA, & OR!... I'm So ready to be non-stop busy- the release of a new single means never unpacking my suitcase! haha... I'm not even 100% sure which stations/cities we will be visiting in each of those states but be sure to check back on the TOUR DATES schedule! I'll be posting them as soon as I know exactly when & where :)
I cannot believe how STELLAR y'all have been! "Don't Make Me" was only posted on YouTube just over a month ago and we've nearly reached 17,000 views! FREAKIN AWESOME! :) I'm very excited to let y'all aslo know that I have made another good friend & songwriter (CoWrote Don't Make Me) recently! His name is Vinny Hickerson, aka Bigg Vinny Mack from Nashville's own country group Trailer Chior! Vinny was a contestant on this season *12* of The Biggest Loser. And WOW! He came in 4th and just blew us all away! He has lost over 200 lbs to date! *SO PROUD VIN!* Such an Inspiration :)
So that's about all I have for now, but be sure to check back often to see what's goin on with the tour and myself!
Happy 2012! May it bring you many blessings and success in whichever dream you are pursuing!
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Posted on 01/01/2012 3:50 PM by Kelly Parkes
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Hey everyone!! I have had the absolute best time travelling all over the country the past few months promoting Girl With A Fishing Rod! I have met so many unbelievably awesome people from killer radio personalities to stellar fans!!
So over the past couple of weeks, I have been in and out of studio and meetings with my label and my producers! We demoed 4 songs in search of the next KP Single!!! They all sound pretty awesome, and I'm very pleased to tell you that instead of chosing one single, we chose 3!!! How cool is that! My record is building quickly! There is going to be quite a variety on my first record as it is going to be a colaboration of all my singles & a few bonus tracks!
We were going to track the songs this week, but sadly, the founder and CEO of my label (Lofton Creek Records), Harold Shafer, passed away a few days ago :( Some are taking time to go to the funeral, It's a sad week @ LCR.. May he rest in peace and be at the right hand of God :)
Anyhow, the tracking has been moved to Thursday the 8th.. Only a week away! Which means the following week will be lead vocal recording!!! I'm on cloud 9! Just knowing I get to be back in LOUD Recording, where so many amazing artists have recorded in the same vocal booth, makes me smile from ear to ear! I get to work with not one, but two AMAZING producers as well!! Darran Smith (who also co-produces Tim McGraw) and Mark Lambert (who produces the incredible Glen Templeton (a very close friend of mine!)... These two are going to help me make some stellar tunes!! Ahhh! SO STOKED!
There is more good news yet! So y'all know I had been somewhat out of commission earlier this year due to a cat bite to my left wrist followed by surgery to fix it & a few months of physical therapy...well turns out, I went to my last PT appt today and they said I have about 90-95% range of motion back!! That's incredible! We talked about doing a second surgery, a tendon release, to give me a full 100% range of motion.. but since it doesn't bother to much or keep me from living life I've decided not to go through with a second surgery.. I don't want anything to keep me from making music! Luckily, my physical therapist & Orthopedist agree with me! :) Talk about a day full of excellent news! :)
So I'm sitting in my living room getting ready to play some guitar hero (typical, I know!) but I just wanted to say, my fans NEVER cease to AMAZE me!! I have the best fans around :) I love you all so much and thank you all for being so FANtastic!!! I get to sing and do what I love everyday, and the only reason that works is because y'all are there to support me!!! I am truly blessed and cannot wait to see where this adventure leads next!!!!
Posted on 08/31/2011 10:14 PM by Kelly Parkes
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Hey everyone! I hope y'all have been enjoying the beautifil weather the last couple of weeks! I can't believe that just 2 weeks ago, I was hanging out with my brother, Eric, in LA! I miss that place! It was my first Cali visit ever and I got to go all over the state! Was absolutely a week for the books! :)
Anyways I wanted to Thank EVERYONE for all their support with my single, Girl With A Fishing Rod. At 11 weeks, we've certainly made a good showing on the Country Music Billboard Indicator & the Music Row chart! If it wasn't for all of you, we wouldn't have had such smashing success! But it is now time to say goodbye to Girl With A Fishing Rod (not forever!) and get AMPED up for the next single!! It will be released in the next month or so :)
I look forward to that day and I hope you do too!!!
ps- check back often to my blog and to facebook.com/kellyparkesmusic to find out what the next single is! :)
Posted on 08/20/2011 7:40 PM by Kelly Parkes
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Hey Y'all! I'm gonna make this one short cause it's almost 1am! but I am sooo excited! I'm leaving for the West Coast and visiting Radio up and down the California Coast! I'll be there from Monday Aug. 1 - 9.. I don't know all the stations yet, but I'll keep you guys posted :)
One more super exciting thing about my Cali trip- well for those of you who know me, it's a REALLY BIG deal when I get to see my Brother, Eric. He moved out to LA about 3 weeks before I moved to Nashville. That was in August 2008... I didn't see him for over 2 1/2 yrs! :( Not until Thanksgiving last year! We both promised to Never let it go that long again! Soooo with that said, I get to see Eric! (and his totally chill pooch, Marley- one of the sweetest Goldens EVER!)
well that's all for now! it's time for bed :)
Posted on 07/30/2011 12:20 AM by Kelly Parkes
Monday, 25 July 2011
Hey guys! How was everyone's weekend?? Mine was pretty awesome! Did some more listening to decide which song I want to release as the next single!! Took the day off yesterday and went grocery shopping- it was a much needed trip! I had nothing eatable left in the fridge! haha
I just returned from a quick radio run down to Florida and Alabama! It was a great trip! I got to see a few of my favorite radio people and I got to meet some new ones too! "Girl With A FIshing Rod" is such a fun song - the listeners down in Ocala, FL and in Tuscaloosa, AL are so supportive :) Thanks y'all! :)
So, my roomie and I were so excited because we planned on having a roomie/ pool day today! We kept our fingers crossed it would not rain and when we got up this morning, the sun was shining!! :) We went down to the pool in our apartment complex.....CLOSED! I was SO bummed, as was Beth :( We got back to our apartment and looked at prices for Nashville Shores... $30 bucks! yikes... considering it was already 3pm, we decided it wasn't worth the money...Beth then had a brilliant idea! Percy Priest Lake...Here we come!
We stopped at Kroger's and got hot dogs, chips, goldfish, and hot dog buns...and off to the lake we went! As soon as we arrived at the lake, it was straight into the water with our pool floats! Then we grilled out. SO GOOD! Followed by some more lake time :) Then we came home and made dinner...now we are watching Mighty Ducks- D3 :) It's been a great Monday for us and I hope it has been for you too!
Posted on 07/25/2011 9:27 PM by Kelly Parkes
Friday, 15 July 2011
WOW! I'm so thrilled to share this news with you guys! So about 4 days ago, I launched my Artist Fan Page on Facebook, KELLY PARKES MUSIC. I set a goal to reach 200 fans by tonight (Friday 7/15). I'm stoked to announce that YOU, My AWESOME fans, didn't let me down :) We reached over 100 on the first day, and by this afternoon, we reached the goal of 200! I'll post tomorrow what the total came to at the end of today!)
So, I told everyone that if we reached the goal of getting 200 "Like"s in just 4 days, that I would randomly select 3 winners. The winners are going to receive a signed copy of the single, Girl With A Fishing Rod & a signed KP Photo! I am going to announce the winners 1/night over the weekend @ 10PM each night. So in just a few minutes, I'm going to post the first winner on the KELLY PARKES MUSIC Facebook Page.
Thanks for being soooo STELLAR!
It's thanks to you all that I can do what I do :)
Posted on 07/15/2011 9:42 PM by Kelly Parkes
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Hey everyone!!! I hope y'all had a fantastic weekend and that your week is off to a great start! I got back to Nashville EARLY Saturday morning and took a cab from the airport back to my apartment. To my surprise, I was LOCKED OUT! Oh geeeeze! So The top deadbolt can only be locked and unlocked from the inside, and we have a chain on our door...and my roomie didn't know I was going to be home so early..so the door was all locked up and chained! My roomie is a heavy sleeper (you could bang pots and pans and she wouldn't wake up right away!). I was kicking the door and the wall by her room...nothing. I called and texted her about 10 times! Then I saw a friend's car in the parking lot and had to find their number! I called my buddy Chelsea, and she gave me the number I needed.. so I called my friend and said "dude! are you in my apartment!" (after calling 3 times!) Finally, 20 minutes later, I got in! haha... Then I slept for a while...I had only gotten about 2 hours a night for the last 3 nights...clearly, I was exhausted!
Sunday night, I went to Chelsea's show at Limelight. She rocked it! We were there from 5pm-1am.. there were lots of groups, but only 2 that could carry a tune! haha... when we got back to the apartment, a group of us played Apples-to-Apples :) Only one of the funniest, illogical games ever! It was a good night... finally went to bed around 6am... ergo, Monday called for a bit more sleep!
Anyway, I've been getting tons and tons of emails with song submissions! It's like opening Christmas presents! I'm currently looking for my next single and have been handed songs by some extremely talented writers! I can't wait to narrow it down even further tomorrow :) I don't know about you guys, but I'm STOKED to find my next single!! :)
I'll let ya know how it goes tomorrow! Hopefully I'll be a lil closer to finding the best song!
Posted on 07/12/2011 8:56 PM by Kelly Parkes
Wednesday, 06 July 2011
Hey everyone! I hope y'all are having a great week! I know I sure am :) Since switching hotels from downtown NYC to Queens, I've been on the move quite a bit!
On Tuesday, Mike Borchetta (of Lofton Creek Records) and I drove from NY to Hartford, CT to go to lunch with a radio music director. Her name is Cory and let me tell you, SHE'S AWESOME! We hit it off instantly and talked about everything from music to horses to fishing! Not to mention, the restaurant she picked had awesome food! - The NYPD or The New York Pickle Deli! haha
After Mike and I drove back, he, Martha, and I ate dinner at the hotel's lounge... pretty good food! I wanted to get to sleep early but all the buzzing about the Casey Anthony "Not Guilty" Verdict kept me up watching the news... to be honest, I'm already sick of hearing about it... I hate the outcome of the trial. I'm sad for baby Caylee. But the fact of the matter is there is nothing any of us can do about it, so I'm not going to waste my energy...no matter how disgusted I am that she walked on a murder charge! (clearly I'm struggling letting this go)... :( I just wanted Justice for that sweet child.
Onto a brighter subject, I had a big radio show this morning in Long Island :) It was for the staff and loyal listeners of My Country 96.1 fm. What a great group of people! Before the show, the owner of the station, and a couple employees (including Phathead- a killer disc jokey), and my team of myself, Mike & Martha Borchetta, and my guitar player, Jason, went to breakfast at a diner down the street... When we got back, the show began! It was KILLER! Thank you to ALL who came and supported me :) It means so much to have fans like you guys! :)
Afterward, It was a quick drive back to the hotel, and a relaxing afternoon and dinner. Still watching the news- with exclusive interviews from a juror and Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez- I decided to blog and fill ya in! But now I'm thinkin it's time for bed! I'm soooo excited for tomorrow- one of Mike & Martha's two yr old filly is running in her first race tomorrow! She will be running in the 3rd race, #4, at Belmont Park. Her name is Tap A Bay Yankee. I like to call her Princess. She's a beautiful grey...almost metallic! She is 100% muscle and has filled out so nicely... I'm putting my money on her tomorrow! I hope she does well... it's nerve racking though! I really just want her to leave the gate smoothly and cross the finish line...being her first race, accomplishing that is a big deal! So wish us all luck! :)
I'm gonna go watch a 'happy' movie instead of the depressing news! HA!
Posted on 07/06/2011 8:57 PM by Kelly Parkes
Monday, 04 July 2011
I'm sitting in my hotel room just thinking about how the past few days flew by so quickly! I rode up to NYC via Amtrak on Saturday morning with my parents and stayed in Times Square for a couple of nights! Saturday afternoon, we walked around a bit, took a carriage ride the Central Park (AWESOME), and had a killer bite to eat at Rue 57-- I had mini Kobe beef burgers with Pomme Fritz (fancy word for overpriced fries, haha) and some INCREDIBLY Yummy Creme Brulee! We called it an early night since I'd been traveling 2 days straight on about 4 hours of sleep! So we watched some movies- Soul Surfer...which was SO inspirational, and Just Go With It... your typical Adam Sandler movie, rather comedic!
Then yesterday, mom and dad let me sleep in a bit then we got lunch followed by a tour of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum...SO COOL! We were meeting my Record Label execs for dinner but still had a few hours to kill, so we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean; On Stranger Tides... I'd say it's the 2nd best of the 4 Pirates movies! We topped off the night with a great dinner at Bobby Van's Grill... best side dish of the year for their baked Mac & Cheese!... and BEST dessert of the century (besides Creme Brulee) with the 20 layer Crepe Cake (crepes & french butter cream layers).
I woke up this morning and had breakfast with mom and dad, packed up my things, and headed off towards Belmont Park to watch a few horse races.. I called the winner, #3, Break Up The Game, before the race started, but sadly hadn't placed any bets :( oh well... it was still a fun afternoon. Just got back from dinner with Mike & Martha (from the label) and am settled into my hotel/ home for the next 4 days!
I'll fill ya in on what goes down tomorrow!
but for now,
Posted on 07/04/2011 4:37 PM by Kelly Parkes
Friday, 01 July 2011
Phew! I'm finally relaxing! Ok so here's what's been going on this week...
So I'm really bummed- on Monday I made the tough decision to return my pretty iPad2 complete with green smart cover...NOT COMPLETE WITH ADOBE FLASH! I had to tell apple I couldn't keep the iPad2 because I needed it for business- like updating my website (which uses Flash to run), and I couldn't do it! I could view the site but editing it was impossible :( so sad... cause it was a fun toy! I think I will eventually get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's AWESOME!
Tuesday was a particularly long day as well- I went to The Green Hills area to get some dresses hemmed, followed by a desperate attempt to find some jeans and jean shorts at The Mall of Green Hills- which we all know you have to sell your kidneys in order to buy anything at that mall- I found an awesome pair of shorts ... but for $250---chyeah right! Followed by a lonesome dinner at the Cheesecake Factory- I may have dined alone, but I dined in deliciousness! Fried Mac & Cheese, Chicken Croquettes. and Strawberry Cheesecake! YUM, Finally had a 7pm hair appt. and was there til 11pm! Long day... done.
Then on Wednesday, I was particularly excited to go see a show. They are a duo and go by the name Jill&Kate. They are Kelly Clarkson's bgv's! I went with Chelsea and Beth followed by a trip to Sweet CeCe's! YUM! But I'm also happy to report I was at Cool Spring's Galleria yet again attempting my desperate search for jeans....BINGO! WET SEAL. My ONE STOP JEAN SHOP! haha... SUCCESS!
Thursday finally made its way up and I started bright and early getting my nails done at 8am..stopped back home to pick up the mail (my momma sent me my birth certificate) which I needed to FINALLY go get my TN driver license! I WAS AT THE DMV FOR 4 1/2 HOURS! shoot me. HA! Then I ate breakfast for dinner at Cracker Barrel.... I had to kill some time before meeting my manager downtown and really didn't feel like going all the way home just to leave again as soon as I got there.. So I met Alex downtown to get a bunch of kp t-shirts and cd's to bring home with me... Finally got home around 8pm and was up til 1am PACKING- one of my least favorite things to do! Then it was lights out! I was only running on about 4 hours of sleep from wednesday night!
Friday- Woke up at 3am (yes I only got 2 hours of sleep) to get ready to fly home. The cab picked me up at 5am and dropped me at the Nashville Airport! I was finally on my way home! I couldnt wait to fall asleep on the plane!- but of course I couldn't :( I had a layover in Chicago- only supposed to be an hour- turned into 4...not cool... but finally after an even longer day than yesterday, I found my momma at the baggage claim and she brought me home to my daddy and puppy! It's so nice to be here for a night- but it's off to NYC in the morning for more radio tours~
well it's time for a nice family dinner :)
Posted on 07/01/2011 5:59 PM by Kelly Parkes
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Hey everyone! I hope your week is goin great! Mine sure is! I just left a radio station outside of Cleveland, OH. WYBL with Roger McCoy. He’s a totally awesome dude! He really seemed to like my music and is airing my interview on his station on Friday JI got to sing a couple songs and he spun the single “Girl With A Fishing Rod” & “Nothing” Super COOL!
Anyway, yesterday was great, too! I did a station interview and sang for radio in Lafayette, IN. yesterday morning. Then we drove to Cincinnati, OH. Where we were supposed to go to the YANKEES VS REDS game! I was so stoked, only to get to the hotel and the game got called off on a count of rain! BUMMER! I was supposed to take my good friend, and DJ of XM11 (Nashville Channel) Kent Terry. Great guy! Instead he took us to a Brazilian Steakhouse! It was DELICOUS! They give you a little laminated hexagon paper, one side red and the other green. If you leave the green side up, the servers continue to come around and give you all kinds of succulent meats! Its sooo fresh and they cut it right off the spit and it falls onto your plate! To top it off, they had Crème Brulee! YUM! That’s my favorite dessert J
We all got back to the hotel (myself, Jason (my guitar player), Alex (my label rep), Kent, and his friend Mark. Jason went up and brought his guitar back down..that only meant one thing… It’s time to sing!! We were at the Millennium and ROCKED OUT! We had a captivated audience. It was killer! SO FUN!
Finally got to bed last night around 1:30 AM… yikes! Woke up at 6 to drive to Cleveland…and now we’re in the car driving straight through back to Nashville! It’s a ‘quick’ 10 hour drive home. Haha … Well, I’ll be getting back to my place around 4AM. YAY….wait. At least I don’t have a thing going on tomorrow… looks like sleeping is on the agenda! Hope y’all have a great day!
Posted on 06/22/2011 6:01 PM by Kelly Parkes
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Oh geeze... So here we are on Tuesday, just hours before the Yankees VS Reds game and it's STORMING! Go figure! ugh. I was really looking forward to it, too! Eh.. maybe the storm will pass... but it's not like I get to see Derek Jeter play, or even hit his 3,000! He's still on the DL :( so sad.
Anyway, I was trying to watch the weather channel for updates and the satellite is knocked out! Grrr... I'm spending money to sit in a room with nothing to do..? That make ZERO sense people! Not to mention I'm on the 18th Floor!... Storms= bad, Heights= bad. Storms+Heights= Reeeeeallllly Bad!!!!
Good Old Netflix to the rescue for now! I'll let ya know if we end up goin to the game! Keep your fingers crossed!
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Posted on 06/21/2011 2:33 PM by Kelly Parkes
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Sorry it's been a few days since I've posted! I've been a busy bee! In the last week, I've managed to go on a day trip to Cadiz, KY for a radio visit with WKDZ! It was a fun trip, too! I met the DJ, Carrie, who was just a doll and an excellent interviewer! Jason (my guitar player) and I rocked out to one of my favorite songs off my EP- I'm Way Into You. Kinda funny story too- So I woke up that morning to beautiful sunshine and thought it would be a great day to wear a sundress! WRONG. By the time we got there, it was pouring! Seriously, buckets were coming down, not sparing dry land anywhere! Haha! But it was still a great day, none-the-less. After that, I was able to find some great clothes for performing! Gotta love that my career presents many opportunities to find cute clothes! And I even managed to pick a new song to record! Can't tell ya what it is yet, but I promise you'll Love It! :) I know I do!
Annnyhow, I'm leaving Nashville tomorrow for a quick 5 day trek through Indiana and Ohio! We'll be starting in Lafayette, IN. to visit with a radio station :) Later, come Tuesday Night, I'll be taking some radio friends to the New York Yankees VS.Cincinnati Reds game @ Cincinnati! It's gonna be awesome! I love my Yanks ;) I'm hoping this time I get to watch them do some real damage! Not to Mention, my man, Derek Jeter JUST MIGHT be hitting his 3.000 there! (If he isn't still on the Disabled List) FEEL BETTER DJ#2! :)
After the game I'll be visiting a couple more stations, one in Cincinnati and another in Cleveland, OH. It's gonna be a busy week, lots of driving, and a bit of down time! Should give me lots of time to get on here and update y'all on the happenings of each day!
And of course, it's almost 10PM here and I haven't even put one thing in my suitcase! Oh, Dear! Haha. I guess I'd better get started :)
I'll talk to ya soon!
Posted on 06/19/2011 9:46 PM by Kelly Parkes
Monday, 13 June 2011
Well, here it is. 2:35PM on Monday and the only thing I've done yet today is run to the bank! It feels sooo nice to have a day off :) But I'm really excited to go to KY tomorrow for radio :) I'll be visiting WKDZ! It'll be a blast. It always is when you've got 2 totally fun guys to goof off with in the car... there's Alex, practically my manager/promoter.. who works sooo hard for me, I can't thank him enough! And then there's Jason. He's my totally off the wall rebel guitar player. He's wicked good!
But I'll tell you why I'm really stoked for this afternoon :) So here's the backstory- My roommate/ AMAZING friend Beth turned 25 this past April. I was bummed to learn that I had to miss her surprise party that our friend Chelsea and I had been putting together. I had found out just a couple of days before that I'd still be out on my 3 week radio tour (don't get me wrong, IT ROCKED!) but of course I still wanted to be there for my friend's bday, right? So For her birthday, I planned for the 3 of us to have Lunch and then get pampered with massages at Escape Day Spa in Nashville :) which of course meant I then had to cancel them :( major sad face. But We FINALLY rescheduled everything for today!!! So We are gonna leave here in about 5 minutes to eat at Logan's Steakhouse followed my our massages! We are all pretty excited. I can't think of a better way to spend my Monday/ day off than doing so with 2 of my closest friends celebrating a much belated happy birthday :)
Happy Belated Birthday to my roomie! <3 you :)
I'll let y'all know how things go later :)
talk to ya soon!
Posted on 06/13/2011 2:35 PM by Kelly Parkes
Friday, 10 June 2011
Hey! So I have lots to fill y'all in on after Wednesday's events!
First, I got a call from my label telling me that Glen Templeton and his band, The Full Throttle Band (who was supposed to play for me last Wednesday night) weren't going to make it to the show! Sadly, their bus broke down somewhere in Nebraska :( I miss seeing all those guys, so of course I was super bummed. Not just because I had no band, but I haven't seen the guys in a month!
Lucky for me, a good friend of Glen, his producer in fact, Mark Lambert was able to find me a band last minute! The Marty McDaniels band! Let me tell ya something, these guys had only had my music for a few hours at MOST before we were supposed to go on... but they ROCKED IT! I was sooo impressed. Nashville is full of talented musicians. So THANKS to Mark Lambert & The Marty McDaniels Band for helpin' a girl out! I appreciate it sooo much! My acoustic player for the night, Bryan Downing, also helped blow the roof off Cadillac Ranch!... And of course, the killer BGVs from Vickie Raye made the band complete! Thanks Everyone! I had the BEST night! I still can't stop smiling from ear to ear! Thanks Mom for being there!!! I LOVE YOU!
Like I was saying in my last blog, I got to attend the CMT Awards! That was pretty killer! So I had my wristband to get in and waited for about 2 hrs. to get thru the doors! I almost passed out from heat stroke! LOL the sun was Brutal @ 95*.... but anyway, I saw all the celebs up close and some of the performances blew me away! Even though I had to leave early to make it to my own show, I still got to see Keith Urban's performance of my FAV song off his Get Closer album, Long Hot Summer. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
A special shout-out to Officer Trip of the Nashville Metro Police Dept. for making sure I made it from Bridgestone Arena (where the CMT Awards took place) to Cadillac Ranch... being sure to keep all the 'crazies' away. haha!!!
Lastly, I just hung up the phone with my best friend, Schnee' ... she said she wanted to call me first because she wanted ME to be the first to know that SHE'S ENGAGED!!!!!! To a totally fab guy, Ken. I'm SO Happy for you two! Love you both and can't wait for the planning to start :) Even though I'm miles away, I wanna know allll the deets every step of the way! HaHa
Posted on 06/10/2011 3:27 PM by Kelly Parkes
Tuesday, 07 June 2011
Hey Everyone! Welcome to my new website! I'm so stoked it's finally up and running! I'm going to try my very best to blog about all the happenings in my life :) There are so many things I'd love to blog about that have happened up til now, but to blog about the last three years would turn in from a blog into a novel! HAHA! So here's what is going on this week!
I'm so excited to tell you that I'm kickin' off CMA FEST (previously FanFair) tomorrow! It's going to be a crazy busy day! Starting off with Hair/Makeup/Wardrobe @ 1:00PM followed by a traffic endured drive downtown to attend this years 2011 CMT AWARDS! I'm soooo excited :) I get to see all my faves Up Close & Personal, Front & Center from Carrie Underwood to Jason Aldean! AHH! I wish I were performing for the awards! (In time I'll be up there on stage too!...and that'll be thanks to all of you, MY FANS!)
I hate to say that I've gotta leave the awards early, but I'm only going just down the street to CADILLAC RANCH to put on my own show! (You can check the TOUR link for further details) I'll be joined by my good friend & Crazy Talented musician, Glen Templeton! Together, he and I put on one heck of a show!
I hope y'all can make it out to CADILLAC RANCH (one Broadway) Tomorrow Night (WEDNESDAY 6/8) @ 10:00PM. I know Glen and I would be thrilled to have you there to Rock Out with US!
Happy CMA FEST WEEK!
Posted on 06/07/2011 4:44 PM by Kelly Parkes