Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music.
Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation.
Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. His current single, “Burn This House Down,” paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. This song will stick with you long after your first listen.
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. I had always had a very strong tie to music as a listener but I didn't really start getting involved in the creative side of it until I was in High School. I was somewhere around my Junior/Senior year when I really buckled down and decided that I wanted to give it a go. The Red Dirt/Texas Music Scene was a really hot ticket at that time and was a very huge inspiration for me. Between that and all the timeless music my dad and I would listen to together. I have been appreciating music in a whole new way ever since.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
The best way to get gigs as a startup band or solo performer is to network and try to get on board with as many things and people as possible. When you're starting out you can't ever be doing too much. Try to talk to people about being an opening act whether its paid or just for the exposure. You need to get yourself out there and noticed. Constant growth is key!
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
To err is human” they say. I mess up all the time and am always ready for it. If I'm being honest when I was younger, and less wise, I used to get angry when I would mess up. This is never good and I eventually realized it was a bigger issue than the actual mistake. Now all I can really do is laugh at it and keep on going. It's all about putting on the best show you can every time.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Touring is one of my most favorite things to do. There's always so many stories and so much fun had in the process. One of my favorites that I can think of off the top of my head is when myself and a few other acts went over and played in Norway. We had just gotten to the hotel after what was my first overseas travel experience. It was amazing but I was very ignorant and green to pretty much everything, including the electricity outlets and adapters. To make a short story long I ended up knocking out all of the power on our floor and had to go downstairs and watch them loathe me entirely as I told them how foolish I was. It was a hilarious start to an amazing trip. Norway is a wonderful and beautiful place.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
At the moment I have a very small acoustic setup with a Blue Yeti usb mic specifically for demos. I am lucky enough to have friends with full studio setups so I never really need to go crazy or invest in too much gear and toys. Eventually I will have my own space and whole setup. Production is too fun to never really get into it when I have enough time to focus my energy in that direction.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I find the best way to promote music organically is through your social media platforms. It's the best way to let people get to know you. When they know you the music seems to mean more to them. It becomes as if they’re just listening to a friend, which is awesome. People always get very excited about putting out new music. It's always fun to see and gauge the reaction.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I have two that I can think of off the top of my head and lucky for me they are both alive. My choices are John Prine and Jason Isbell. Both have been inspirational to me as people and as songwriters. I feel like anyone could learn a lot by being in the same room with both of them. It would be an unforgettable and irreplaceable memory.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I have a single and full length out at the moment. My single “Burn This House Down” is the first off the record “Things I Need To Say.” This is my most favorite thing I've ever done and full of some of the best songs I've written to date. My focus is to get this music out to as many people as I can every way that I can.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I was originally going to school to be a trainer and coach before I dropped out of college and became a full time musician. I can't say for sure that is what I would be doing though. I can tell you for a fact that whatever it would be would not make me near as happy or feed my soul as much as music does.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Rumor has it everyone should stay on high alert for a second single and new music video coming soonest! I'm really amped about this next year and seeing what all it has in store. Stay on the lookout for more tour dates too.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
The biggest of shoutouts to all at Exposed Vocals for letting me a be a part of this and to Michael Stover and MTS Management Group for setting it up. And a big shoutout and long distance hug to my Dad down in Texas. Thanks for always taking the time.