Warner Music Nashville singer/songwriter Drew Parker is no stranger to hearing his lyrics on the radio. From major publishing credits such as Luke Combs’ “1, 2 Many” and current single “Forever After All” to Jake Owen’s No.1 hit “Homemade,” Parker has had his fair share of success on the country charts. Now he is bringing his own voice to the radio airwaves with his major-label debut single “While You’re Gone” (LISTEN HERE), impacting on May 24.
“While You’re Gone,” the title track of Parker’s latest EP, has already grabbed the attention of many. Co-written by Parker alongside Jameson Rodgers, the track has more than 30 million global streams and counting and became a SiriusXM The Highway’s “Highway Find,” with Parker also landing on their “Future Five For 2021” list. MusicRow named Parker their DisCovery Award winner of the week last week, describing the song as “heartache on the hoof...I dig this guy. He has a powerful singing voice, and the production is epic.”
Parker is currently on a spree of tour dates alongside labelmate Cody Johnson, making stops in Arkansas and Louisiana this weekend. He joined the first three weeks of Combs’ What You See Is What You Get tour alongside Ashley McBryde last year, with the remaining dates anticipated to resume in August.
About Drew Parker:
Drew Parker knows exactly what he’s about – and country fans already love it. Some just don’t know it yet. Now, after joining Warner Music Nashville to supercharge his artistic ambition, they’ll soon learn. A native of Covington, Georgia, schooled on ‘90s country giants like Ronnie Dunn, Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson, Parker’s led a recent resurgence in organic country hits – they’ve just been for other artists. Tracks like Luke Combs’ “Forever After All” and Jake Owen’s “Homemade” have established his signature style, using whip-smart lyricism and actual country instruments to pen quality-driven Number Ones – a new-school-meets-old-school vision that’s proven itself at each turn. It’s that same wordplay that drives Parker’s solo work, too, and it’s all steeped in his love of the ‘90s. With a standalone single released in 2016 and a four-song collection following in 2018, Parker reached a creative high-water mark last year: The While You’re Gone EP – seven twangy, energy-filled lyrical masterstrokes that were too “him” for anyone else to sing. The title track will soon become Parker’s first single at country radio. Co-written with Jameson Rodgers, the clever power ballad shows off everything that makes Parker stand out, from his powerhouse vocal to that unteachable Shakespearean spark – the ability to make people laugh while they cry. It’s the first true look at an artist who’s already developed a sound and style all his own, but it won’t be the last, as there’s much more in Parker’s tank, with unrecorded music waiting in the wings. But for now, the Georgia native is excited to have this batch of work out in the world. And his original dreams are coming true. In true Drew Parker double meaning, the tank is gassed up, and he’s finally ready to roll…both literally and metaphorically.