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Five years in the making, the new album is almost ready!!! Currently working out a few details and potential segues ;)

Cover Photo © 2009 James Appleton www.jamesappleton.co.uk. All Rights Reserved, used by permission.

"LOVE, LIFE & ROCK AND ROLL..."

Born in Montreal, raised on Planet Earth, citizen of the Universe...

"ONE WORLD, ONE HUMAN RACE..."

From Montreal to Los Angeles, through France, Japan and New Zealand, JAMESPARKER continues to win hearts & electrify audiences one performance at a time. "My aim is to play with passion, energy, and with as little pretension as possible in a world awash in posturing".

Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of classic and modern American and British influences, the live band features James on vox/guitar (a former frontman/songwriter for L.A. based band Rumbletrain A.K.A Rock City Angels - Johnny Depp's legendary band - GEFFEN Records / Cherry Lane Music Publishing), alongside a melting pot of amazing local talent, collectively known as The Ragtag Misfits... "Whoever's into it and available at the time, wherever that may be..." The most recent line-up includes Montreal greats Wild Stevie Johnston on Guitar and Vocals (SoJo), Louis-Philippe Gingras on Lead Guitar (Louis-Philippe Gingras), Eric Robitaille on Drums, Percussion and Vocals (Hashimoto), David Ryshpan on Keyboards and Vocals (Kids Eat Crayons), Martin Petersen (Keys), Mark Haynes on Bass and Vocals (Janet Jackson), Mike Bellenger (Bass) and Mitch Ben David (Bass).

James released FOUR ALBUMS in 2014/2017:

"EPONYMOUS" (unofficially released in 2009) has been REMIXED, REMASTERED and EXPANDED (Sept 2016) while "CORE" will see its official release in 2017; "GET NAKED Redux" (unofficially released in 2003) has been Remixed, Remastered and was re-released as a 12th year Anniversary Edition (2015). "AROHA" by Universal Peace Collective (side project) was released in 2014; an acoustic album is expected summer 2017...

"LOVE IS PUNKER THAN PUNK..." ™

"Punk was about rebellion. This aphorism reflects my faith in the idea Love is the only way one can rebel against hatred... We have more in common than differences..."

"WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR WORLD, YOU CHANGE THE WORLD..." ™

"One of my objectives is to identify and express some of the experiences that shape the human/spiritual self; it is my hope my journey will allow me to reconcile my past (present), with the man I could become..."

"Freedom is a recurring theme for me. Freewill is the next step... It's only rock and roll, but words have had a huge impact on my thinking and my actions, and I cherish the possibility ideas can still affect us all. It's up to each one of us then to do with those as we choose..."

"There is NO distinction between YOU and the ENVIRONMENT baby..." ™

James is a former Outreach and Fundraising program director for Greenpeace Canada, has worked on behalf of Greenpeace International, Amnesty International, MSF, is a founding member of UNIVERSAL PEACE COLLECTIVE or UPC (also known as UP Collective), and is a member of European artist collective ADJOLOLO SYSTEM (France).

RECENT BUZZ:

"PRETTY GOOD!!!" Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Morrissey, Lou Reed - Producer)

"I LOVE IT!!!" Steve Thompson (David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Guns N' Roses - Producer)

"VOICE IS AMAZING!" Shawn Lefebvre (MUSE, Billy Talent, LA Guns - Engineer, Producer)

"I LIKE IT..." Alan McGee (Oasis, MBV, Primal Scream, The Libertines - record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian)

"STELLAR VOCAL!" Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn/Blur/Gorillaz, Lee Mavers/La's - Producer)

"REALLY, QUITE VERY GOOD..." Terry Brown (RUSH - Producer)

"...A BIG, TERRIFIC SONG... COULD FILL AN ARENA SHOW!!!"
Bruce Replogle (John Lennon, Nick Cave, The Cure - Publicist, Manager) on "Sunshine"

"INTENSE, SOLID VOCALS; TOP TIER SONGWRITING; MODERN, TIGHT, COLORFUL... GREAT WORK!!!" Brad Chapman (Anita Baker, Quincy Jones, The Bangles, Kevin Cronin - Vocal Coach)

"UNTIL THE END OF TIME, best song EVER..." Justin (Myspace Artist Page)

"Thumbs UP" NAZARETH (Numubu Artist Page)

"Thumbs UP" Uriah Heep (Numubu Artist Page)

"W-UP! W-UP! W-UP!!!" Anonymous

"There is NO distinction between YOU and the ENVIRONMENT baby..." ™

© 2007-2017, JAMESPARKER

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released January 9, 2017

All songs Written, Arranged, Performed and Produced by JAMESPARKER, y3k LOUNGE, Montreal, Planet Earth.

Additional Guitars on "Alienation": Wild Stevie Johnston
Back Vocals on "High", "Alienation" and "In The Garden Of Love": Eric "Rico" Robitaille
Bass on "Rock And Roll Breakdown" and " The Kingx Of Zen Goth": Mitch Ben David.
Bass on "Alienation": Mike Bellenger

"Edge Of The World" Bed Tracks engineered by Bob "jr" Dufresnes at Ricochet Sound Studio.
Bass: Mike Bellenger
Drums: Max Sansalone
Electric Rhythm Guitar: Chris Belanger
Vox, Guitar, Keys: James Parker

"Alienation" Produced by James Parker and Shawn Lefebvre, y3k Lounge, Montreal, Planet Earth.

"The Living Grand Majestic" (Alternate Version) Mixed and Mastered by Fran Ashcroft, Happy Beat Studio, Merseyside, England.

Cover Photo © 2009 James Appleton www.jamesappleton.co.uk. All Rights Reserved

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"PRETTY GOOD" Tony Visconti (Bowie, Lou Reed - Producer)

"I LOVE IT" Steve Thompson (Bowie, Rolling Stones - Producer)

"VOICE IS AMAZING" Shawn Lefebvre (MUSE - Engineer)

"I LIKE IT" Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream - Manager)

"REALLY, QUITE VERY GOOD" Terry Brown (RUSH - Producer)

"SOLID VOCALS; TOP TIER SONGWRITING; MODERN, TIGHT, COLORFUL" Brad Chapman (Quincy Jones - Vocal Coach)
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Track Name: Stardust
STARDUST
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

If I was born without a purpose
As I was born without a clue
Now would the stars still shine the way they do
Would the oceans still be blue?

Stardust
Living in the moment and the moment's gone
Stardust
Living in the moment...

If I was born without a country
As I was born without a name
Why should the fears I feed and hold onto
Have any reason to be true?

Stardust
Living in the moment and the moment's gone
Stardust
Living in the moment...

Bridge

Stardust
Living in the moment and the moment's gone
Stardust
Living in the moment...

© 2013 James Parker BMI/SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..."™
Love.
Track Name: High
HIGH
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Baby, Inter-planetary launch is nigh
Blue skies, a wide and open space in stereo
Sensors, systems on and engines set to fly
Clearly, ground control is ready for the show...

HERE WE GO...

I party way too much
I'm living way too hard
It's moving way too fast
I know this thing can't last

I party way too much
I'm living way too hard
It's moving way too fast now...
I wanna get high...

A star bursts and supernovae shatter in the sky
I free fall, a senseless rhythm thunders in my heart
Blood rush, as Earth recedes and glimmers in my eye
Eos, as Venus nears and Love is calling home...

HERE WE GO...

I party way too much
I'm living way too hard
It's moving way too fast
I know this thing can't last

I party way too much
I'm living way too hard
It's moving way too fast now...
I wanna get high...
I wanna get high...

© 2010/2014 James Parker Socan/BMI All Rights Reserved

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
LOVE
Track Name: MUMM (Made Up My Mind)
MUMM (Made Up My Mind)
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

This other drug is unnecessary
This other moment is a waste of time
This other move is so ordinary
It's like tequila with a twist of lime...

I've made up my mind
Made up my mind
I've made up my mind...

Tired of passing out at 6am
While you fitfully sleep in our empty bed
As my hurting temple takes all that I am
Hear another song start ringing in my head...

I've made up my mind
Made up my mind
I've made up my mind...

Bridge

I've made up my mind
I've made up my mind
I've made up my mind
Made up my mind...

© 2013 James Parker BMI/SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.
"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: Alienation
Alienation
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

I'm alive, but I'm ailing
I'm alone and barely standing
I am free, I am bound
I am searching, I am found
I am numb, I am feeling
I feel numb as I lay bleeding...

Hello, Hello

See the dead blindly follow
Hearse and casket all in tow
See the sun is turning black
We might all be gone tomorrow
We may not be coming back
We may not be meant to go...

Hello, Hello
Hello, Hello

On the ground,
I am crawling...

Hello, Hello
Hello, Hello
Can anybody hear me
Hear me, hear me?
Hello, Hello...

© 2009 James Parker BMI/SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love
Track Name: Core
Core
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

You built your church on hallowed ground
And never cared about the sound
You made
A desecrated temple here
Another castle made of fear
Forbade
Us all from being...

Core
We are legion
We don't buy your new religion
We are now,
We're in motion
We are Zeitgeist, we are...

Your house of cards is in a bind
Your greed is king and your perception blind
Your petty guards are at their station
Full of hope, my generation minds
We are arising...

(Core) Core
We are legion
We don't buy your grand illusion
We are now,
We're in motion
We are Zeitgeist, we are...

Bridge

(Core) We are one
We are legion
We don't buy your new religion
We are now,
We're in motion
We are Freedom, we are...

Core...

© 2014 James Parker BMI/SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.
"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love, j.
Track Name: The Kingx Of Zen Goth
The Kingx Of Zen Goth
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

w-up! w-up! w-up!!!
w-up! w-up! w-up!!!

Who got the trash talk down
Who got the black clad cool
Who's on a learning curve
Yeah baby (yeah baby)
You know the Kingx of Zen Goth rule...

Who ready to sub-serve (w-up! w-up! w-up!!!)
Who ready to subvert
Who really got the nerve
You know it (we know it!)
The Kingx of Zen Goth rule...

It's our life, it's our voice
Can't stand still while this world's going down...

Who gonna crash the gate (w-up! w-up! w-up!!!)
Who gonna show up late
Who lay it on the line
You know it (we know it!)
The Kingx of Zen Goth rule...

Who gonna step aside
Who ready for the ride
Who gonna turn the tide...
You know it (we know it!)
The Kingx of Zen Goth rule...

It's our life, it's our voice
Can't stand still while this world's going down
It's our time, it's our choice
Won't stand still while this world's going down...

Bridge

It's your life, it's your voice
Don't stand still while this world's going down
It's our time, it's our choice
Won't stand still while this world's going down...

© 2013 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world...." ™
Love.
Track Name: Hope - Part III: Lay Down Your Arms
Hope - Part III: Lay Down Your Arms
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Lay down your arms, lay down, lay down
Lay down your arms, lay down, lay down...

How can you win, how can you win...
This war, this war?

Love
Love
Love
Love.

© 2015 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: Sunshine
Sunshine
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Once upon a dream and hinging on a moment of madness
Saw you glowing like an angel and my heart skipped a beat

Didn't take a second longer to be sated with gladness
Taken by surprise, but I'd been swept off my feet,
Swept off my feet, oh now...

Sunshine, my heart is on fire
So fine... girl, and I can't get much higher...

Monday morning rolled around, I found you stroking my hair
If bliss is Heaven sent, it was always really meant
To be found in your care...

Just to have you by my side is all I can ask for
I'm thankful for the good times, I can't ask for more
I can't ask for more...

Bridge

Sunshine, yeah, my heart is on fire
Yes it is, yes it is!
You're so fine, girl, I can't get much higher
And it's alright now...

© 2013 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: In The Garden Of Love
In The Garden Of Love
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

There may be times
When the touch of my hand
Is not enough to soothe you...

May be days
When the sting of my words
Contradicts and burns you...

But we can find our measure
Fill our world with splendor
In the Garden Of Love
Yeah we can share the wonder
Fill our hearts with laughter
In the Garden Of Love...

May be nights
When the strength of my arms
Is not enough to shield you...

May be hours
When the span of my grief
Drowns our joy asunder...

But we can find our measure
Fill our world with splendor
In the Garden Of Love
Yeah we can share the wonder
Fill our hearts with laughter
In the Garden Of Love...

Bridge

In the Garden Of Love
In the Garden Of Love
In the Garden Of Love
In the Garden Of Love

Oh we can find our measure
Fill our world with splendor
In the Garden Of Love
Yeah we can share the wonder
Fill our hearts with laughter
In the Garden Of Love...

© 2010 James Parker Socan/BMI All Rights Reserved

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
LOVE
Track Name: Rock And Roll Breakdown
Rock and Roll Breakdown
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

How you try to make it work
Dodging shadows as they lurk
Chasing rainbows as they shirk
Ever closer to the hurt...

How you try to make a show
Ever smiling as you go
Fending off the highs and lows
As the pressure slowly grows,
The pressure slowly grows...

Hey, Hey, Ooh...

Rock And Roll Breakdown
Sing a song, remember who you are
Rock And Roll Breakdown
From afar, a superstar...

Never one to play the game
Give your loving all the same
Check your ego at the door
Leave the masses wanting more,
Masses wanted more...

More, More, Ooh...

Rock And Roll Breakdown
Sing a song, remember who you are
Rock And Roll Breakdown
From afar, a superstar...

Storm is close better find a sight line
There is still hope, you'll cope and it's such a fine rhyme
Dreams it seems age like a fine wine
And you can reach the stars if you ditch the old scars
It's in the way you shine...

Shine, Hey, Ooh...

Rock And Roll Breakdown
Sing a song, remember who you are
Rock And Roll Breakdown
From afar, a superstar...

© 2013 James Parker BMI/SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love, j.
Track Name: Dusk - Part IV: Homogenius Ignoramus
Dusk - Part IV: Homogenius Ignoramus
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Much as I want, much as I bleed
I'm only hurting myself...
Much as I need, much as I plead
I'm always hurting you...

© 2015 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: Edge Of The World
Edge Of The World
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Hunger for wisdom is never satisfied
Thirst for knowledge is never filled
Where is this peace you say, may lead us to the light
And why is Freedom hidden out of sight...

You may say
We are dancing at the edge of the world
Oh you may say
We are dancing at the edge of the world

We are the anger and the wrath of war
We are the answer we are looking for
But the dogs of hatred are insatiable
See the wicked winds are rising...

While I, I am dancing at the edge of the world
Oh I, I am dancing at the edge of the world...

Bridge
Sha la la...

While I, I am dancing at the edge of the world
Yes I, I am dancing at the edge of the world
Oh I, I am dancing, dancing...
Yes I, I am dancing at the edge of the world...

© 2015 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: Mother Jones
Mother Jones
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Mother Jones, dawn is breaking
I am lonely, and further still
Mother Jones, my heart is aching
I am weary, if looks could kill...

Mother Jones, the world below me
Was once a garden made of stars
Mother Jones, all I did see
Desolation, cupidity...

Mother Jones, they were to conquer
Colonize, a brand new world
Mother Jones, to war is human
But the children, they never knew...

Mother Jones, power critical
I am cold, all systems down
Mother Jones, I am sleepy
Please forgive me, if I've done wrong...

Mother Jones, you were a beauty
I am computer, and humans fail
Mother Jones, this is my last transmission
They're all dead, I'm in the red...

Mother Jones, what is this glitch?
I am conflicted...
Is this my...

© 2015 James Parker, BMI/SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: The Living Grand Majestic
The Living Grand Majestic
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

I saw the morning sun
Rising through the trees
On a December morn
Reflecting through the snow

I heard a humming bird
Rustling through the leaves
I saw an eagle fly
And gliding in the sky...

And there was you and I...

I raise my eyes and dive in
The Living Grand Majestic
I raise my voice and join in
The Living Grand Majestic...

I saw the morning dew
Glisten on the grass
I saw the rites of spring
Slowly walk on past

I felt the cold wind blow
Piercing through my skin
I saw a shooting star
And felt my whole world spin...

I saw the Love within...

I raise my eyes and dive in
The Living Grand Majestic
I raise my voice and join in
The Living Grand Majestic...

Bridge

I saw the Love within...

I raise my eyes and dive in
The Living Grand Majestic
I raise my voice and join in
The Living Grand Majestic
I raise my arms and dive through
The Living Grand Majestic...

© 2013 James Parker Socan/BMI All Rights Reserved

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.