At a glance Krista Parrish will likely draw you in with her contagious smile but below the surface is a deeply intellectual, timeless songwriter. She sings with a range and tone that is exceptional, writes clever lyrics and plays the strings off a guitar. Krista’s picking style, percussive strumming, two handed finger tapping technique, and intricate chord progressions present a unique quality to every performance. But her ability to combine such virtuosity on her instrument with equal vocal technique truly separates Krista from most contemporary singer songwriters. In any performance, she will share emotion and honesty, sweet, yet raw, whether she is scatting or breaking your heart with a sultry tone. “Krista’s command of the guitar could easily steal the show if her voice weren’t equally magnetic.” says T.J. Alexander Channel 6 ABC.
Touted as a great solo performer, she now has the addition of husband Steven Murphy on bass and Michael Fazekas on drums. Switching off between piano, guitar and mandolin, the new trio has given Krista a lot of room to grow, experiment and share the writing process with her fellow musicians. Parrish and her band released "Playing With Pendulums" in 2010. Coincidentally, the week the album was released, their track “Easier Said Than Done” went to #1 on the "Indie Rock Americana" Music Chart & the “All Genre” music chart putting Krista in the company of major artists Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper & Gnarls Barkley. They worked with Grammy award winning producer and engineer, Glenn Barratt of Morning Star Studios. “Krista Parrish has an infectious sound that blends elements of 70’s art rock with superb modern tap guitar. She is a MUST-SEE!” says Barratt. Krista has had several songs on the indie music charts in the rock, folk & jazz genres. "Each song is birthed as the elements weave together in their own organic DNA strand - from the neo-jazz drumming and the progressive rock bass runs to Parrish's potent guitar work and the aforementioned lustrous vocals." Mark Morton, Music Emissions
Since then, Krista has shared stages with national acts & well known musicians such as Stanley Jordan, Acoustic Alchemy, Lee Ritenour, Sonny Emory (drummer, Earth Wind &Fire), Jim Weider (The Band), Rodney Holmes (drummer, Santana), Keller Williams, Garaj Mahal and Francis Dunnery. Krista’s music was accepted in 2010 to stream on the popular internet radio Pandora.com. "Mexico", a track off the 2010 release, "Playing With Pendulums" was chosen for a national compilation release from Blue Collar Records called "God's Of Indie Guitar" which is now distributed world wide online retailers, FYE, Hot Topic and Be Bop stores. "At any given moment, she can conjure the flavors of Al Di Meola, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Eric Clapton, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and even a taste of Dave Mustaine." Mark Morton, Music Emissions
Krista and her band released Feel in August of 2012 where they blended their folk rock sound with jazz, funk and pop. Several of their tracks hit the indie music charts in the top 10 including Feel at & #2 on the alternative pop rock chart & Doo-Bah at #1 on the funk & jazz chart. "While it is true that the previous album, Playing With Pendulums was marked largely by Parrish's intense guitar work and vivacious vocal performance, Feel prevails with enhanced musicality and better band coagulation. Thick, funky bass riffs and verbose percussive statements (a la Stewart Copeland) act as the beefy, technical playground for Parrish's sparkling personality." Music Emissions, Mark Morton