“Start getting good at saving your money.” What Singer/Songwriter Jeremy Parsons Wish He Knew Before He Got Started
“Sometimes you can turn someones day around by just letting them know they’re loved and thought about it.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeremy Parsons. A Singer/Songwriter who was born and raised in San Antonio, TX but now resides in Nashville, TN. He’s played all across the United States and in Norway. He has gotten to work alongside many great artists including the late greats Little Jimmy Dickens and George Jones. He has an extensive catalog of songs including two full length album releases.
What is your “backstory?”
I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and grew up listening to a lot of traditional country music like the awesome stylings of Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Horton and George Jones. Growing up I would always go to shows but never really considered that it could be a career for me. I was too busy being a kid. It wasn’t until I was about 17 and a Junior in High School that I picked up a guitar. It was either that or get involved in the illegal shenanigans of my friends. I got absolutely hooked on it. I played everyday and night and it would eventually become the only I wanted to do. After I got more comfortable with playing I took to writing my own music. The “Red Dirt Scene” was very big in Texas at the time and there were a lot of great writers coming out. I was very inspired to say the least. I kept at it after High School and spent some time in Texas perfecting my craft and tightening up my skill set and passion. I decided to move to Nashville in 2009 and have been in Tennessee and all over the place keeping the dream alive ever since. Its been a heck of a ride and I look forward to more great times.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
My funniest and most favorite story I have dates back to when I opened up for George Jones in Houston, TX in November of 2008. I had just finished up what I thought would be my last song for the show. Jus then the sound guy came through my in ears and said “George is watching the football game and it’s gone into overtime. Do you think you could play about 4 or 5 more songs?” Of course I wasn’t going to say no to George Jones. So I quickly jumped back up to the microphone told the crowd I was giving them the encore they didn’t ask for and continued to finish my set for four more songs.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
The most exciting thing I’m working on now is the promotion of my newest album “Things I Need To Say.” I’m also very excited for the release of my second single and music video for my song “Why Is The Bluebird Blue.”
Who are some of the most famous people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of awesome people. Some of my favorites have been Little Jimmy Dickens, George Jones, Garth Brooks and Jon Voight. All interactions were amazing and unforgettable. Little Jimmy Dickens was nice enough to be a part of helping me promote my first album “Doggondest Feelin’.” He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. George Jones was no different. I had the pleasure of getting to open a show for The Possum in Houston, TX at the Arena Theatre. It is probably the biggest show I’ve ever done and I will always be overly grateful that I got to be a part of it. Garth Brooks and Jon Voight were actually encountered at the same event which was awesome. We were at the George Jones Farewell show at the Bridgestone Arena and I was lucky enough to be one of many artists in the mix. I had just come from meeting Garth Brooks for the first time and he was every bit the gentlemen and conversationalist that you always hear about. I was taking a break from all of the madness leaning up against a wall checking my phone when I hear a voice say “Crazy Night huh?” I turned and nonchalantly said “yes sir it sure is!” It was none other than Jon Voight. I did a double take and he had a nice laugh. I told him I was a huge fan of the National Treasure movies and he took it way better than I thought he would.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
I’ve always been a huge fan of inventors like Leonardo Da Vinci and Galileo. I feel a connection with this as an artist and writer. Inventing is creating and so is making and writing music.
What would you advise to an aspiring artist who would like to emulate your career?
The best advice I could give is to not even try. The best thing to do is find and make your own path. My favorite thing bout people and artists is originality and personality. When that is borrowed or mimicked or never seems as genuine and is harder for myself and others to connect with. Be yourself, work hard, and don’t give up.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I try to use my outreach to promote positivity. As I progress I plan on doing more and more. At the moment I try to post everyday on Social Media with a positive and uplifting message. Sometimes you can turn someones day around by just letting them know they’re loved and thought about it. Through this they might go out and make someone else smile. It’s all about feeling and spreading the love.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why.
- The first thing I wish someone would’ve told me is to start getting good at saving your money. You aren’t always going to have investors or wealthy family members so it’s smart to save as much as you can so when you’re ready to put out some new music or go back into the studio you have plenty of money for production and promotion.
- The second thing I would say is make sure you know someone in your industry. Nobody knows everything but it helps at the start to have someone to show you all the ropes.
- For the third I would say to remember it’s not about the number of songs you write or the number of songs you’ve written. It’s about the number of great songs you write. Take it slow and don’t force the magic.
- The fourth thing I would say is get good at practicing patience. Things don’t just happen overnight. It takes years of hard work and an everlasting focus and drive on and toward your passion.
- The fifth and final thing, also the most important to me, is know who you are as an artist. There’s a lot of people out there trying to do the same thing you are but there is only one you and they can never take that away from you.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?
My answer without a doubt would be John Prine. I think he’s one of the coolest people that has ever lived and I feel like if we just sat there in silence I would still learn so much. He’s one of the greatest songwriters that has ever lived in my opinion. I love the music he makes and what he has inspired and still inspires to this day.