Parker Polhill has played collegiate football, starred in TV shows and film, but music is where his heart is.
“Writing and singing music is what I love to do,” Polhill says.
Polhill recently moved from Atlanta to Glendale to be closer to an unnamed investor who is determined to push him into the mainstream. He lives in the West Valley, but travels to Los Angeles one week per month.
Polhill’s single, “On One,” featuring Jose Mud, channels Drake and The Weeknd. Listen to his latest single, “International,” below. With a passion for music that began when he was 8 years old, Polhill recorded cover songs in his uncle’s home recording studio and released them on Soundcloud. He kept it up until he landed a headlining national tour and more than 10 million YouTube views. He attributes his success to his falsetto vocals combined with cinematic music videos.
“I’ve been singing my whole life,” says Polhill, whose music is available on iTunes. “I started really pursuing it as a career three years ago. My mom ‘discovered’ me when she heard me singing in the shower when I was 7 or 8.
“She was surprised I could sing. At the time, my uncle had a band and a little home recording studio. He introduced me to the whole creative and writing thing when I was about 8.”
From there, he participated in choir in junior high. In high school, he put music aside for football, playing cornerback and wide receiver. He played cornerback for a year at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, until something got in the way—his love of music.
“I decided to make a career out of it,” he says. “I credit my mom and my uncle for getting me into the creative headspace.”
Polhill is finishing his first EP, appropriately dubbed The Intro EP. It’ll hit streaming services this summer and will be followed by a tour.
“My music is pretty mainstream pop with some R&B and EDM undertones,” he says. “I’m from Atlanta. A lot of the music I listen to is urban and hip hop, like Chris Brown and Nelly. I have that influence in my music.
“I listen to hip hop and rap; all pop music. I don’t love country, but I do like Brett Young and Sam Hunt, and the pop classics like John Mayer and Michael Buble.”
His music isn’t all upbeat dance tracks, though.
“I do have ballads and emotional music that really touches,” Polhill says. “I’m all about positive energy and bringing happiness; lyrics that people can relate to or feel the vibe of the music. There’s some kind of emotion with it. I want to have a positive effect. I want them to be able to say, ‘That made me happy.’”
Polhill hopes to have an album out by 2019. He penned 46 songs for the EP and plans to write 80 to 100 before the new collection is released.
He hopes his work ethic defies the stereotypes of millennials.
“I want to make an impact on this whole generation,” Polhill says. “The stereotype is that we don’t work hard and we expect everything handed to us. My parents were entrepreneurs. I grew up in a household where I had to work for whatever I wanted.
“I want my music to inspire people to get out there and be willing to work for what they want and what they love.”
For more information about Parker Polhill, visit parkerpolhillmusic.com.
Photo by Seth Kupersmith