Confessions Of A Jazz Infused Songstress
Born in Portugal and now based in London is the rising singer-songwriter Logan J Parker whose gained our attention for her jazz-infused music. Growing up in Portugal, Logan was influenced by the sea and sun, especially by her hometown Ericeira which holds a special place in her heart, stating, “I learned to surf before I started to walk. My parents were my music gurus, they played me and my siblings the most amazing records one can only imagine. When I look back at my childhood I recall vinyl everywhere, long walks on the beach, endless sunny days, laughter and tears. Music was a natural state of mind. It was my safe place and so, while growing up, it became an essential part of me,”
At 12-years-old Logan fell in love with words and began to write poetry before picking up a guitar at 17. Citing musical influences from the likes of T Bone Walker to Leonard Cohen, Logan was inspired by much of the early Mississippi Blues to 50’s Jazz, and 60’s Rock n’ Roll.
Taking a short detour, she graduated from university with Economics as her discipline, but soon realised this career path wasn’t for her. Remarking, “I found myself so creatively restricted and stripped of all my hopes and dreams, to the point that I got really ill. One day I collapsed in the bank and at the hospital, I was first diagnosed with leukemia, which thankfully turned out to be chronic anemia. The shock helped me realize that life is precious and we can’t waste time living an unhappy and unfulfilling life. Since that day, I decided to choose music…forever.”
Moving forward, Logan made a big decision to move to the United Kingdom in 2016 when she wanted to pursue music. After meeting Viv Broughton, the CEO in The Premises Studios, she began writing and composing original tracks for her debut self-titled EP that was independently released in 2019.
As an independent artist, Logan chose to go down this route as an artist to be her own unique and individual self like her musical heroes did back in the day. She continues to plant her musical roots while being one-hundred percent involved in every piece of her music from the writing, composing, to the production – she’s a woman of all talents. She creates her work through her own independent company where she owns all copyright, expressing passionately her views on the issues of copywrite now in this music industry, stating bluntly that “It’s outrageous that music artists are still forced to sign their lives away for a pittance – look at Taylor Swift, all her copyrights now owned by her worst enemy.”
Her music is refreshing with a great attention to detail that creates infectious energy grabbing the listener’s attention. It shows depth into her vulnerability as a singer-songwriter making an impact with a distinct body of work that explores her creativity as a musician and wordsmith.
With this said, she has built up a solid career in music that found her taking a leap of fate to release her debut six-track self-titled EP through her independent label in 2019.
Thematically, the storytelling deals with heartbreak exploring the bleakness before healing. The lyricism throughout is poetic with fascinating melodies that blend perfectly into the instrumentation.
Her voice is singular like a foreign instrument that switches in unexpected moments with a raw and effortless talent. Being a multi-talented musician of all arts, she’s able to mix some blues covers in with her original songs that explore tales of love, loss, and betrayal during live shows.
The lead single from the EP, ‘I Don’t Wanna Go’, is a great introduction to what the songstress is about. There’s a mix of old school rock and roll with a jazz-infused flavour with rusty vocals appearing front and centre of the chorus.
There are tear jerking moments with smooth instrumentation as the record progresses, that reflect her talents as a songwriter making each individual track standout, before reaching the second half which is more energetic and soulful. A treasurable body of work.
‘Cry Cry Cry’ is her current single from her EP which she wrote, composed, and produced. She dedicated the song to all musicians, she confessed, “I wrote this song out of my deepest sadness for being a musician and being in a constant struggle for survival.”
The EP is an inspiring release that will be turning heads. Each track was penned with individual storytelling cuing stories of romantic devastation enabling relatable moments through her music. With this release, she has made her mark as a musician.
Logan J Parker is a star in the making with her soulful original tracks. She is set to release her debut album next year and I for one am looking forward to hearing.