Staying Shady With Parson

Staying Shady With Parson

Soul singer Parson gets shady with Alain Mikli.

Soul singer Parson gets shady with Alain Mikli.

Text: Ian Monroe

Straight out of the South, singer Parson James stepped right into the spotlight with “Stole the Show,” a collaboration with Swedish producer Kygo that introduced the world, and pop radio, to trop house. With just that one song, James proved that a gay singer from South Carolina with a soulful voice could win the world over, his church choir-like choruses filling speakers everywhere.

Shortly after, James released his debut EP, Temple, which dove deeper into his upbringing and religious surroundings: tracks like “Slow Dance With the Devil” and “Sinner Like You” both confronted others and himself. Not letting too much time pass between releases, James dropped another EDM-tinged track, “If You’re Hearing This,” with Hook N Sling and Betty Who.

In an industry dominated by heterosexual love songs, James’s voice is an important one for the LGBT community. Every bit of success he earns paves the way forward for future queer artists. For that, James is one of V’s September and music issue changemakers. Here, in our new summer video series, “Shady,” with eyewear brand Alain Mikli, we tease his feature from that forthcoming issue and find out a little more about some of his shadiest lyrics, and learn exactly what shade really is.

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Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF LUCA RIPOLA

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