Jim Parker


• Creator/producer/host of Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series ® in Huntsville, AL • ASCAP award winner • As a performing artist, Jim had 6 albums and 10 single records • Co-writer of Chicken Truck recorded by John Anderson (1980) • Co-writer/co-publisher of Bigger Hands recorded by John Anderson (2009) • Songwriter advocate, teacher, mentor • Publisher, HenKid Music (BMI) • Professional, Life Member, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) & Global Songwriters Connection Within a year after getting his first guitar donated by his sister’s boyfriend, Jimmy Gilmer of Sugar Shack fame, Jim was playing in a band and later became a founding member of The Illusions that landed a record deal with Dot Records. In 1966 he and his buddies decided to leave their hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and head to Los Angeles. During that time, The Illusions became “The Kitchen Cinq” recording with Lee Hazelwood’s LHI label for three years. This later led to jobs with other recording bands like Armageddon and THEM (post Van Morrison) with some studio work with Sonny and Cher and various recording artists on the side. Fifty years later, on August 28, 2015, Ace Records of the UK and its affiliate US label Light in the Attic Records released “The Kitchen Cinq, When The Rainbow Disappears”, as an anthology box set complete with a booklet of photos and history of the band. Moving to Nashville in 1975 was the beginning of another serendipitous phase of Jim’s career where he met a young John Anderson and began writing successful chart songs. Then Jim branched out and has co-written with many #1, Hall of Fame and Grammy winning songwriters over the years and continues to do so today. Jim is the creator and host of a popular series at the Von Braun Center Playhouse in Huntsville, AL called Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series ® where he showcases the incredible talent of his hit songwriter friends from Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Canada and surrounding areas. The dinner-theater atmosphere has created a highly anticipated monthly event where people listen to great songs from the people who wrote them and here the stories behind their songs. Without the songwriter there would be no music because “it all begins with a song.”

Charli Adams Laura Ashley Ed Beaver Nicole Bennett Charlie and Dana Hunt Black Shawn Bowling Thom Bresh Melissa Bret Donna Britton Bukevicz Anne Buckle Tim Buppert Daryl Burgess Jeremy Bussey Dani Carroll Kim Carson Tim Chandler Ashton Clark Pearl Clarkin Kris (Mudbone) Colwell Greg Crowe Saylor Davis Roxie Dean Dan Demay Daniel Demay Mike Diamond Billy Ryan Droze Corey Evitts Tiffany Goss Dennis Gossman Gussie Jayce Hein Rick Huckaby Cody James Faith Jess Nicole Johnson Melissa Joiner Jason Justice Savannah Keyes Jill Kinsey Jaryd Lane Shelby Leeann Colleen Lloy Quinn Loggins Brigitte London Mike Loudermilk Makenna/Brock Briston Maroney Jim McBride Mark McGuinn Chris Meyers Ronny Miller Alissa Moreno Bernie Nelson Kylie Nicole Ross Orenstein Kim Paige Chad Austin Parker Jim Parker Jim Pasquale Michael Peterson (Alabama) Lenny Pey Ricky Lee Phelps Reverie Lane Nathan Robinson Sailor Jerri Mark D. Sanders Joel Shewmake Kalie Shorr Jeff Silvey Donna Slater CJ Solar Bicycle Jones and Stover Kevin Swanson Rusty Tabor Bridgette Tatum Jerry Vandiver Bonnie Warren Robert Wayne Tris Weeks Brian White Amanda Colleen Williams Matthew Williams Xaris