Andrew Parker-Renga (APR)’s music is a blend of 90s alternative, Counting Crows/Pearl Jam/Dave Matthews Band and contemporary singer/songwriters like Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. He has been on two national tours and performs over 50 shows a year primarily in the New England area.
Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, his performances are interactive, recording grooves he beat-boxes on the fly and layering parts on top of it. Listeners are always surprised to see one man on stage and hear a wall of sound. He can, also, command an audience with his just his voice and guitar.
His latest record Issue 5 out November 3rd, 2013, is a collection of songs about leaving VT, friends in interesting places, finding love, and his grandmother’s passing. Joined by a band comprised of Sean Preece (drums), Peter Day (Bass/Vocal), Clint Bierman (Guitar/Vocal) and Leon Campos (Keys/Piano/Organ), the album was recorded and mixed by Dave DeCristo at the Signal Kitchen in Burlington from April 2011 – May 2013. Eric Meir (keyboard) and Rickie Louise Miller (Vocal) also lend their talents. Andrew will continue to promote the CD into 2014.
Andrew is also the principal guitarist a singer for the 9 piece party cover band, Fever, as well as the other half of the folk-pop-rock cover duo Speakeasy He books all his event work through his company, SuperChill Music
He currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and boxer, Melvin.
About Issue 4: Portraits
With the release of his latest record, Issue 4: Portraits, Andrew Parker-Renga (APR) has created a “finely honed, artistically savvy collection,” -Dan Bolles, Seven Days. The record is a huge step both artistically and creatively from his last, Issue 3: Emily, focusing on his vocal delivery and melody.
Each track is a snapshot of Andrew’s “considerable talents” as a singer ranging from lush quiet tones, on Portrait, to heavenly falsetto, Sun, to gut wrenching growl, Drawing Dead, to touching, Twenty-Five. As Dan Bolles writes in his review of Portraits: “(Portraits) should propel the singer into the upper echelon of local songwriting talent.”