A bona-fide muse.. set to plant the seed of self expression to all of Earth’s creatures.West Coast Performer Magazine
Female composer Michael Scott Parker is a creative force known internationally for her award-winning, imaginative, alternative art-rock. Her Life and Art are on in the same. Rooted in 4 albums of original rhapsodies, her ornate piano and formidable guitar talent received high praise by fans and critics in North America and Europe. This powerful performer has now permanently relocated to the UK where she is currently working on a long awaited Double LP of the extreme events of recently surviving breast cancer, immigrating to her new country and the duality and unity of the archetypal elements of her unique life experience. She has spent her life developing, exploring, and representing ideas that challenge assumptions about song. Her music has touched lives in a way that has made her cutting edge work stretch the imaginations and boundaries of the mainstream. Many regard her as an ambassador of Creativity personified. She emphasizes creativity in daily life and is devoted to the disciple of it’s creation for a multitude of applications. She also currently composes for the Chech Republic based games company, Kiriki Games, scoring video game music for the blind and visually impaired.
Creature Rock is the musical incarnation of this accomplished recording/performing artist. Now working with the UK prog-rock drummer, Stephen Christey, the dynamic of his creative percussion and Michael’s confident songwriting is the core of her new incarnation. She works with top musicians in all genres to attain her vision for live performance and delivers true passion in an unorthodox way.
Venues- Creature Rock performed 2 years in a row at Art Outside – a 3 day festival of radical expression in Tx, USA. She also performed for the Mali Festival, Women’s Fest, for 3 consecutive days on different stages including the Long Centre in Austin, where she eventually won the Community Choice Award. She was the only guest performer for Rolling Stone Magazine rock photographers, Baron Wolman and Jim Marshall’s Backstage Pass Exhibition in an art gallery in New Mexico. She has performed original music for The Vagina Monologues in South Carolina where she received a standing ovation of 2000 and news press in the region. The Colorado Gazette had her as their guest performer at the Colorado Springs Art Centre. She also performed for the Pike’s Peak Art Council Awards ceremony, which to her surprise she also took home a PAPPAS award for Best Solo- Duo performer. She’s performed in Clubs like Cat’s Cradle,NC.. The Boat House Club in San Francisco, where she herself was photographed by the late great Jim Marshall as well as various upscale bars like The Blue Martini. But don’t leave out the many juke joints and dives she’s pounded her guitar in since she was 15 years old. She did a meaningful tour of the USA, staying and performing at KOA’s and caravan sites, bringing music to small communities as a solo artist.She performed with the Dead Music Capital Band for 7 years as a saxophone player and was known for performing and marching while on stilts through crowds of 80,000. She still enjoys stilt walking. She has been on hiatus from performing since her fight with breast cancer, her immigration and coronavirus, but she’s ready to get back out on stage and serve as an ambassador of creativity.
-Other professional performances include a recent virtual festival during a UK lockdown, where she was chosen By BBC Wiltshire to perform on the Moonracker Stage as the Salisbury artist to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral. She has also played piano and pipe organ in another Wiltshire church-turned-venue, The Cause. She has been on multiple radio stations, Rock Radio UK, BBC Cornwall, Radio Odstock to name a few more, the past 2 years sharing her music and her story. Michael has made appearances on Guitarist TV. She recently had one of her original songs picked up by The Core UK, a super group made up of members of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Thunder and more… where she plays piano and sings her original track , “Old Master Perry” with that band on their new release, “Let’s Rock” produced by Mike De Jagar, founder at Guitarist TV and GTV Music.
Michael is a creative force of nature. Many of her lyrics touch universally spiritual and archetypal themes which aim at making the connection of body, mind, and spirit a more concrete experience. With drive to bring her imagination into form and orchestrations to life she has inspired passionate responses from fans of all ages, critics and colleagues from all musical tastes. She embodies a natural star power, and the mission is to facilitate her unusually prolific imagination into its fullest artistic expression, and to make these expressions available to a world thirsty for authentic genius.
“Creation is my purpose. My purpose is my process. My process is my product.”Michael scott Parker
Creature Rock: (n/v)
1. Rhapsodies of unorthodox, imaginative rock intended to convey a message of self- expression or growth of being. Orchestrations that are lyrical in nature and artistic in purpose.
2. To live the process.
“She is one of those rare individuals who literally exudes vitality and creativity through every pore of her body.
Working with Michael is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. She has such an amazing talent and energy, that sometimes just being in the same room with her can be overwhelming, though always inspiring!”John Standish, Music Producer / Studio Owner
The trail of her process spans music, visual art, dance, theatre, writing compositions. She has completed works in all of these mediums.
Michael is animated by music and is devoted to the disciple of it’s creation for a multitude of applications.. She is a composer first and foremost and spends her life deepening her expression and teaching herself to embody the essence of sound. She is informed by the music she writes as to where it wants to be of service. With her background in music therapy, specifically working with Alzheimers and Dementia patients, she saw first hand music’s ability to restore one’s self to oneself. Her education came into play again during her own physical illness. She decided to start a choir and bring Song to young women with cancer. Singing oxygenates the body and has documented effects on cellular healing. She wrote an empowering anthem for a charity, that she herself relied on, to raise money, in the hopes that they would continue to fund the choir she started. The song raised £10,000. She has been called to sing for domestic abuse awareness and mental health. She also aims to find equally creative collaborators to help her bring to life her sonic visions. Many of her lyrics touch universally spiritual and archetypal themes. She knows that she was created to be a Muse, a Musician, and a Writer. What motivates her is the mystery of where that leads her both inside herself and in the world art large with the hope of her music reaching as many ears in need of her song craft as possible.
Other charitable causes recently include performing at community Sound/ Gong Baths with the charity Roots to Wellbeing, bringing music medicine to underprivileged communities in Harlow, England. And occasional pro bono, song writing mentoring for creatives with mental illness.
Michael’s catalog of music is growing. She has been working on the upcoming Double LP and recording tracks for Lockdown- Vintage Keys Studio, England, The Core UK and her previous albums are still regularly sold today!
Her music, lyrics and arrangements, are all her own. And not only did she play the majority of the instruments on her album, she also recorded and produced under the supervision of a commercial music producer who additionally trained her in Pro Tools for 2 years. He helped her make educated decisions in building a digital recording studio (The Pink Elephant Recording Studio, based in South Austin, TX). Michael has recorded and produced upcoming artists that compliment her concept of a new creative compound.
Michael coined the genre sensual creature rock. Her penchant for true imagination mixes together intricate canorous melodies, deep velvet vocals, and highly realized rhythm styles, pushing rock into new territory.
She has been compared to having “Prince-like abilities”, being a formidable rock guitarist and having capacity for handling multiple instruments. As well as having the originality of David Bowie and Kate Bush, the rock of PJ Harvey and Pattie Smith, the sensuality of Tori Amos, the skill and intellect of predecessors such as Ani Difranco and Bob Dylan.
“Michael shines on stage and embodies a depth that fuels the eclectic and intense music of her heartstrings. Howling sultry lyrics layered with emotion and meaning, dancing uncensored and unforgiving for her fans while her hands beat fearless control out of her six stringed companions, seeing her live is where magic happens! People are drawn to Michael’s passionate and somewhat peculiar genius.”
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Michael has been photographed by some of the most famous rock photographers in the world, including Baron Wolman (Rolling Stone Magazine’s first photographer, who also shot the cover of her recent release Naked, Jim Marshall, and Michael Zagaris, and many others from the top of the art world. She has been musically schooled by jazz legends, such as Barry Wedgle (also founder of Exit Records). She previously worked on a songwriting team with members of EXIT records composing and arranging scores for television and film.
Michael was making up tunes and playing her grandfather’s pianos before she was old enough to even attend kindergarten. (she poses naked with her cousin on her grandfather’s dueling pianos at age 4 on the back of her recent album.) After growing up playing saxophone in marching band, Michael had formal education in the arts, first majoring in Musical Theatre and minoring in Dance at East Carolina University, following her dance studies in Rome, Italy at Ials Dance Conservatory, where she was one of two minors allowed to attend the school. She transferred to Appalachian State University, sang in the ASU Treble Choir and switched to Music Performance (specializing in voice) and Music Therapy. She lived another “lifetime” using her music to work with the geriatric population, focusing on Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. Besides being a certified electrician on the side and doing a little plumbing here and there, that was her last job before committing to full time musician/ artist.
From the age of 16, Michael was playing reputable stages such as Cat’s Cradle (NC, USA). In a humble beginning of writing and performing on the bass in an original duo called OTITIS, she joined a rockabilly band, The Sidewalls, then a reggae band, playing saxophone. She inevitably made a name for her solo act by opening for these bands and others.
Michael went on to be the invited musician at events such as the Andy Warhol Exhibit , The Backstage Pass Rock-n-Roll Photography Exhibition and extended her talent to fundraisers for TESSA (against domestic violence).
Daughter of a stunt woman/artist, she has traveled the world since birth, collecting diverse perspectives and experience that inform her creative process. Her message is that creativity is her purpose, her purpose is in the process, and the process is the product.
Michael Scott Parker and Creature Rock were awarded the Community Choice Award at the 2009 Media Arts and Literacy Institute’s (MALI) Women’s Film & Performance Arts Festival! There was an amazing collection of talented female filmmakers, poets, and musicians participating from all over North America, gathered in venues all over Austin, TX for 4 days of performances.
Michael Scott Parker of Oh My! wins Best Solo Singer Songwriter for Popular Music in the Peak Area Performance and Artists Awards (PAPAAs) in Colorado Springs, September 2005! She was awarded by the Pike’s Peak Arts Council at a red carpet affair.
Scott Parker has been recognized with a “Best of the Springs
2006″ award by the Colorado Springs’ Gazette,
in the category of Best
Singer-Songwriter-Artist-Pilates-Instructor! She is in a category all her own, so they created one for her.
Check out the Press page for more information.
Oh My!’s song “Faithbound” won a Great American Songwriting Contest Honor Award for 2003.
Michael has had dances choreographed and taught to her compositions by the Ormao Dance company, made numerous appearances on live radio, sang and danced in the world premier of the rock opera “the Seventh Son” and was recognized publicly for her original music performance in the “Vagina Monologues”. She has done multiple radio and television commercials and she recently did stunt work for the Coen Brothers in their Academy-Award winning film, No Country for Old Men. Along with her formal theatre and dance training she studied under Actress Susan Strausberg, in Rome, and took voice over at the Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs, where she ended up performing for many upscale events, like the Best of the Independent Newspaper Celebration. Once again, she crosses back to her strongest muse of performing original music.
Michael is writing, choreographing, composing, and designing the set of her own rock opera, along term project, based on her comic book series, the Pink Elephant Greyman Series.
KOOP-Austin TX co-op radio – “What’s a Girl To Do?”
KTAO the famous solar powered radio station-Paddy Mac Show
KCMN-Tron in the Morning
KZYX&Z- Women’s Voices
ROCK RADIO UK- The Walrus and Carpenter Show
ROCK RADIO UK- Roger’s Imaginarium
RADIO ODSTOCK- Kev in the morning
SONARBEATS.co.uk – Mashup Show
AND Radio Southhampton, UK
SURGERY RECORDS RADIO
VULCAN SOUND RADIO
“ Michael Scott Parker sits on the cusp of a significant breakthrough. The question is will it be I the world of art, where she appears to have limitless abilities and a huge storehouse of ideas and inspirations, or will it be in the world of music, where she has already demonstrated considerable talents and perhaps even a stronger muse.”
– David Vickers, The Cheyenne Edition
Michael’s promethean approach to expression has a distinct impact on her visual presentation. She was featured in a 3-page spread in The Cheyenne Edition for her three dimensional assemblages and detail-driven, multi-coloured pen/ink, acrylic, water colour and wax pigment paintings. Leather, feathers, bones, wire, intricate drawings, attached with thread and electrical outlets, metal, and poetry, consciously woven into her hallucinatory artwork. Her pieces are collected by many. Her work has been displayed in The Victoria’s Secret Service 5 Woman Exhibit, and housed in the homes of other celebrated artists.
Art is a place to relax from the world of music. In between performance time, she is in the recording studio or composing. She paints as a way to utilize unused ideas or dissonant energy. Michael creates a unique collection of work alongside every album she records. That body of work is used for the album’s design, new visions of the performances, band merchandise, and solidifies entire concepts of her protean mind.
Michael apprenticed in the art of Japanese paper making, making sculptures and sconce lights with her electrical training. She has done bodice casting, and did a series of female torsos for an installation. Her recent series, created and used in the album Naked are all acrylic and wax pigment, with a little cork board and staff paper thrown in as texture, are spirit paintings of her family and the city of San Francisco. “Idealized Woman,” based on her mother, “Lion, Dragon, Pilot,” based on her husband, “The Phoenix and the Ghost Train,” based on her grandparents, and “Aqua Woman in Love,” a self portrait of herself as an aquatic creature with a explosive cavity in her head, is the main feature of the album art. To have a showing of Michael’s artwork in your gallery (where she loves to perform music for the openings) Contact her through email@example.com
Michael writes and illustrates a graphic novel/comic book, The Pink Elephant Greyman Series. She developed an entire mythology of characters to assign her complicated personal construction. The Pink Elephant/Greyman Series are treasured drawings with cryptic captions, all hand-written. Basically, a raw creative representation of her many moods, all, searching to reveal the face of the main character, a vintage doll named #17. Michael has hand-made, life-sized sculptures of the characters on display in her studio. The pink elephant head dominates her recording studio – “she’s there to bring happy energy to my work time and is the protector of my band.” Pink Elephant is now the band’s logo and is seen on Oh My! shirts, stickers and band memorabilia everywhere. Coming soon is the written biographies of each of the comic book characters, who have all made their way into the public as icons of Oh My!
“I don’t remember having ever thought there was something I could not do. And when I dreamt my own language, I believe that was my subconscious instructing me.”Michael Scott Parker
Michael invented a conlang, or constructed language, which she calls Euthinethany. This phenomenon came to her in a series of dreams, and she has filled books with this secret writing. She has sold pages of her journal to art collectors, she reads and writes it fluently, and also can speak it. Communication of emotions of the subconscious is how the characters were formed. The writing is beautiful, artistic, and musical, and is featured in the album art of Creature Rock’s latest release, the Creature Sessions. Michael uses the language in part to help transport her to a natural creature state. It is a catalyst for creative thought, as it removes common context, and is a medium for finding her unique artistic voice. Michael enjoys the aesthetics of using this language and it pleases her soul.