Aaron Parker is an Alabama native and a country boy in every sense of the word. Having been raised on a one hundred forty acre farm that his entire family (aunts, uncles, etc.) likewise called/still calls home, Aaron practically grew up in a country song, complete with corn fields and dirt roads as far as the eye could see.
Though a lot of people resided on the Parker property, Aaron cherished those moments that taught him some of life’s most valuable lessons:
You know, you really build a relationship with your family when they live that close. You kinda can’t escape when you get to bickerin’, but I wouldn’t trade that childhood, or the cookouts and bonfires, for anything, we really learned how to love, fight, and pray in that ol’ corn field.
Along with the country-themed childhood also came Aaron’s growth in a small church; one which his family still calls theirs. While he might not have recognized how special his small-town experiences were when he was young, as an adult he has truly come to realize the impact his upbringing had on him; especially on his music.
The people are real and that’s what we are going to bring in these songs; everything that comes through your speakers from me you can bet has a whole lot of dust, corn, heartland south in it. It’s just who I am.
It was actually in that very church where Aaron got his musical start — as a member of the choir. Well, he was supposed to be a part of the group, but emerged more as a soloist. Aaron’s mother was the pianist for the church and, on any given Sunday, Aaron would grab the microphone and entertain the congregation. It was in that very setting Aaron developed his love and knack for performing.
Aaron then honed in on country music, specifically, after hearing two of the infamous members of the class of ’89: Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks. Between Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Collection and Garth Brooks’ hit song “Rodeo,” Aaron’s life changed forever.
Fast forward to now and Aaron Parker is a hardworking country boy turned country artist with touring credits to his name. He has performed opening slots for Alabama, Trace Adkins, Loretta Lynn, Chase Rice, Cassadee Pope, Brett Eldredge, and more. Aaron is also busy writing songs and completing his debut full-length album, which will come on the heels of his single “She’ll Always Be that Night.” The single helped put Aaron’s name into the minds of country music tastemakers, also placing him on The Huffington Posts’ 15 Country Artists to Watch in 2015 list. It is with his new release, “Heaven on Wheels,” that he hopes to continue to gain ground in the industry.
And, now, we induct Aaron Parker into Country Music’s #CMchat’s very own exclusive One to Watch club. With his small-town roots, cowboy boots, and adorably endearing personality to boot, we foresee tremendous things from this artist on the rise.