Don’t let the relative youth of Clayton & Joelle Parsons fool you – they are old souls with a sound that transcends time. Their genuine country-roots style is reminiscent of the 60’s American folk revival scene that birthed Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul & Mary.
Clayton grew up with music as a constant and he credits his parents and seven siblings as his primary musical influences. Along with his Dad’s rendition of James Taylor songs, Clayton also listened to plenty of Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, Neil Young and Nickel Creek. He played solo and with numerous bands in his hometown of Cranbrook, B.C., before joining alt-folk band The Good Ol’ Goats, and meeting vocalist Joelle – and falling in love with her voice, and then the singer herself.
Joelle was surrounded by song as a child, and began singing with church and school choirs, musical theatre productions and at community events. She was influenced by old gospel songs and traditional hymns as much as she was by classic rock and alternative artists. And when she and Parsons finally met, their chemistry-musical and personal-was undeniable. When their previous band went on hiatus, Clayton & Joelle emerged.
While still in the early days of their musical partnership, Clayton & Joelle have won fans wherever they’ve travelled. The lyrics of their original music are an authentic representation of wide-eyed wonder at the world, finding joy in the simple the sweetness of their honey-warmed harmonies; Clayton’s skill at finger picking provides the perfect thread for Joelle’s exquisite voice to weave its way around, creating an uncomplicated but gorgeous tapestry of music.
The deftness of their singing and song writing has not gone unsung: the recently married duo were recognized by the Kootenay Music Awards with the Album of the Year for their debut release in 2016. Live, their sweet and soulful music is punctuated with stories behind the songs, inside jokes that the whole audience becomes a part of and true generosity of spirit.
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