Saturday, 23 June 2007

Obadiah Parker

Amazing the talent you find on MySpace.

I heard this song on a friends MySpace profile, and just had to check it out more.

"Obadiah Parker is not what you’d expect. It’s tough to nail down their sound. With influences from artists like Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Miles Davis, and Bill Withers, their sound incorporates elements of funk, R&B, gospel, blues, and folk through a singer/songwriter’s lens. Upon listening to this original and natural blend of styles you can’t help but admit that this band’s got soul.

The three members of Obadiah Parker have been together for seven years. Mat Weddle, Jessie Young, and Daniel Zehring met at a church in Scottsdale, Arizona before they were really musicians at all. In that setting, literally starting from scratch, they picked up their instruments and learned how play together. As they honed their individual talents playing in churches and youth camps throughout Arizona and California they formed an understanding about the music they made collectively and organically discovered a distinctive musical style."

Their cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya" is brillient - here's Mat Weddle's solo performance of the song, with a bit of editing to include some of the original clip. This has become a bit of a YouTube classic since it was made in 2006.

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