Q&A with electrifying and versatile musician Joyann Parker, heaping helping of blues across the roots spectrum

"Roots music is everywhere, even if it's not defined as such. The rise of Americana music tells me that it's only gaining in popularity. American country music has gone so pop that people have decided to gravitate toward the more authentic Americana genre."

Joyann Parker: Back To The Roots

A powerful singer of blues, soul, Americana and more, Joyann Parker released a new 13-tracks album titled “Roots” (2023), her third release, by Hopeless Romantic Records. The longtime Minneapolis resident who recently moved back to her native Wisconsin, Parker fills the stylistically wide Roots with 13 original songs. Creative and versatile, she deftly sidesteps trends and formula. Joyann Parker is an electrifying and versatile musician whose soulful voice, captivating performances, and impeccable songwriting have taken the music scene by storm. Born and raised in a small town, Joyann's deep-rooted passion for music began at a young age, drawing inspiration from the blues, gospel, jazz, and rock genres. With a voice that exudes both power and vulnerability, Joyann's performances are nothing short of a revelation, leaving audiences spellbound with every note she delivers. Whether she's belting out a soulful ballad or shredding on her guitar, her raw emotion and undeniable talent shine through, connecting with listeners on a profound level.                                               (Joyann Parker / Photo by Jeannine Marie)

Joyann's journey as a musician has been marked by relentless dedication and a commitment to honing her craft. Throughout the years, she has graced renowned stages across the country, leaving an indelible mark wherever she performs. Her live shows are a testament to her magnetic stage presence, and it's no surprise that she has garnered a devoted and growing fanbase. Not just a gifted vocalist, Joyann is also a formidable songwriter. Her lyrics are introspective, exploring themes of love, heartache, resilience, and personal growth. Combining her insightful storytelling with her rich, soulful melodies, she has created a unique and captivating sound that sets her apart in the industry. As she continues to evolve as an artist, Joyann remains deeply committed to her music, always seeking to push the envelope and explore new artistic territories. With each new release and performance, she leaves audiences eagerly anticipating what she'll do next, secure in the knowledge that whatever comes, it will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Interview by Michael Limnios        Archive: Joyann Parker, 2018 & 2021 Interview

Special Thanks: Joyann Parker & Karen Leipziger/KL Productions

How do you think that you have grown as an artist since you first started making music?

I have grown a lot personally, especially over the past 3 or so years, doing a lot of inner healing work, reminding myself that having boundaries are good and health and family are most important.

What has remained the same about your music-making process?

I still write whenever inspiration strikes me!

Where does your creative drive come from? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?

I am and have always created through music, its just who I am, who God made me. My songs are all about real life stuff, real emotions, relatable situations. I hope people hear my songs and realize that even though sometimes life is hard they can find victory and come out the other side a better person.

"Creating music involves all parts of us - the spirit, soul and physical body. God made human beings special in that way, that's why music affects us the way that it does. We associate memories and feelings with the music that we know and hear because of that. We can all create with music, even if not particularly skilled at it, and it can provide a release of stress and emotion to help us deal with life. Music is an amazing gift." (Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Joyann Parker / Photo by Jeannine Marie)

Do you have any interesting stories about the making of the new album “Roots”?

Nothing dramatic, just that we had a blast making it. Everything was smooth and easy this time around, especially comparing it with the difficulties of making the last record because of the pandemic.

How do you want the music to affect people? What's the balance in music between technique and soul?

I want people to be moved when they hear music, feel their feelings. I think you can have a lot of soul even if you're not highly musical or trained in music and that can drive the music in a way that technicality cannot. Technicality is great but even better when driven by the ability to express your feelings well through it.

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from your experience in the music paths?

Be true to yourself. Don't let anyone take you down a path you don't want to go.

Do you think there is an audience for roots music in its current state? or at least a potential for young people to become future audiences and fans?

Roots music is everywhere, even if it's not defined as such. The rise of Americana music tells me that it's only gaining in popularity. American country music has gone so pop that people have decided to gravitate toward the more authentic Americana genre.

Why is it important to we preserve and spread the blues/roots music?

Blues deserves respect and honor because it is the root of all modern American music. It cannot be lost to history. That is why I do my best to continue to educate listeners on its history.

"I am and have always created through music, its just who I am, who God made me. My songs are all about real life stuff, real emotions, relatable situations. I hope people hear my songs and realize that even though sometimes life is hard they can find victory and come out the other side a better person."

(Joyann Parker, powerful singer of blues, soul, Americana and more / Photo by Jeannine Marie)

John Coltrane said "My music is the spiritual expression of what I am...". How do you understand the spirit, music, and the meaning of life?

Creating music involves all parts of us - the spirit, soul and physical body. God made human beings special in that way, that's why music affects us the way that it does. We associate memories and feelings with the music that we know and hear because of that. We can all create with music, even if not particularly skilled at it, and it can provide a release of stress and emotion to help us deal with life. Music is an amazing gift.

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