• Plays the STS205CENT Teton Guitar
• From Denver, Colorado
Brady Parks is a self-taught songwriter and the lead singer of folk-pop band, The National Parks. Brady was raised in Denver but formed the group in Provo, Utah in early 2013. Since that time, the band has independently released two albums: Young in 2013 and Until I Live in 2015. Brady has seen his songs climb the iTunes singer/songwriter chart, iTunes pop chart, and Billboard Heatseekers chart. The National Parks has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, Pop Matters, and The Rumpus and has performed at CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week. The song, “Monsters of the North,” a featured single from Until I Live, was recently awarded 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition for all unsigned artists.
About The National Parks
Named “Band of the Year” in 2016, The National Parks has come a long way. TNP began making music in Provo, Utah in early 2013. In September of that year the band released their first album, Young. A few months later in January 2014, they released a standalone single, “As We Ran”. They saw more success than they expected for a debut launch– with little-to-no idea of what it took to get their music out beyond their local scene in Provo. The album climbed to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart which helped them get on the road to play shows across the country in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York with notable musicians like Andy Grammer, The Lone Bellow, LeAnn Rimes, and The Moth & The Flame.
Experience playing in front of crowds factored into the development of their second album, Until I Live, in a very serious way: amplifying, enhancing, and experimenting with all of the things they loved most from their freshman album. The result of that effort is a ten-track album that maintains the heart and sincerity of Young, but also expresses its own. Released in September 2015, Until I Live climbed charts again on iTunes Pop Chart and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Then, in April 2016, “Monsters of the North,” a lead single from Until I Live, was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world’s premiere songwriting competitions. Press from major outlets such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, CMT Edge, and Pop Matters fueled additional momentum and allowed The National Parks to continue touring into 2016. Now they have played in 50+ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week.
Although this band saw a number of changes over the first two years, The National Parks have settled into a dynamic 5-piece group with Brady Parks and Sydney Macfarlane still leading the way with John Hancock, Doug Patterson, and Megan Taylor each contributing in a variety of ways to make their live shows as full and complete as the recordings.