Kim Parent, who has lent her stellar vocals to projects by some of the top names in music, has released a new CD called DON’T TELL A SOUL. Brimming with atmosphere, the CD includes Kim’s original tune “Chasin’ The Wind” and time-less classics like “Puttin’ On The Dog” and “Sway”. The album is available through Kim’s web site and other online retailers. It was produced with Harry Stinson.
Drenched in sultry, sensuous, bluesy atmosphere. This is the title tune to Kim’s second collection, and it is a sound to get completely lost in. For a funkier groove, check out her equally sexy and swampy performance of “Puttin’ on the Dog.” Right now, she’s out backing Brooks & Dunn on their farewell tour. But you might also know Kim Parent as one of the vocalists on CMT’s The Singing Bee television series. She sings jingles for Wendy’s and has appeared on records by Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina, Phil Vassar, Reba, Aaron Tippin, Tim McGraw, Josh Turner and many others. The lady has the goods. ~Robert K. Oermann
Kim has backed up many of today’s biggest country stars with her strong sure vocals, being one of the most sought after vocalists in Nashville for some years now. She has received the coveted “all star vocalist award” from Nashville’s own Music Row publication. Her career singing with the stars actually began in the studio, working with award winning producer Byron Gallimore, on many of his artists over the years (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, JoDee Messina and Jessica Andrews, to name a few).
When she is not taken out of town by other work, you can find her “in the trenches” on Nashville’s famed music row singing for songwriters and producers. For a more comprehensive look at her album credits, please visit www.kimparent.com .
Kim recently crossed another milestone in her career when she was chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of a house band for the new game show “The Singing Bee”. This show is a fresh, fast moving romp, and fun for the whole family with the house band and singers presenting short snippets of popular songs, and at a given point in the song the contestant has to take over and finish the lyric. The show is truly entertaining in part due to the high-spirited wit of the very gifted host, Melissa Peterman. Her zany antics with the contestants keep viewers glued to the set. The show airs on CMT.
Meanwhile Kim continues to tour with legendary country act Brooks and Dunn as they wrap up their amazing and hit-filled 20-year career. Working with the band has taken her all over the United States, Canada, and Australia. In addition, the band has performed on many live television award shows, sheds, festivals, and in larger stadiums.
One of the first live tours she ever did was with the legendary band The Scorpions, who had put together a set with an orchestra and wanted to add a few girls to their lineup. It was a brief tour, but it was an amazing start for her in the live circuit.
Kim’s love for music began at a very young age, writing songs under the willow tree in her backyard (in New Jersey) with her acoustic guitar on her knee.
She performed in bars and coffee houses all thru college and put her first band together after college. After showcasing in New York City for a season, her dream of landing a publishing/recording deal materialized in the nineties when she signed with Zomba Music and RCA records, and that was her reason to relocate to Nashville Tennessee, where she and her husband Wayne Baird permanently reside. Wayne is a songwriter/producer on Music Row, currently writing for Full Circle Music.
Kim has also written and recorded jingles for radio and television. She was responsible for several of the Wendy’s late night spots and a Whirlpool/Habitat For Humanity national jingle.
Although her lengthy touring run with Brooks & Dunn will wrap later this year, Kim will continue to be a vibrant force in the industry as she writes and performs her own music and shares her gifts with others.