Steve Parkin (musician)
|Birth name||Stephen R Parkin|
|Occupations||musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist|
Stephen R. Parkin (born 29 April) is an Australian musician and singer-songwriter. Originally from United Kingdom he was raised in Perth. He has been in various bands including Autopilot and Basement Birds. He co-wrote material for Eskimo Joe's 2009 album Inshalla, which peaked at number one on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart. One of the tracks, "Foreign Land", won 'Most Played Australian Work' at the APRA Awards of 2010.
Parkin was born on 29 April.
His first band, Vinyl, released a glam rock styled EP Lazeryouthanasia (1996) and subsequently played the 1997 Big Day Out festival nationally.
Parkin formed Perth based group Autopilot in 1998, whose 1999 EP Pure Gold Baby received a four-star review in Rolling Stone magazine and has been cited as an influence by contemporary WA rock and pop acts. Autopilot released their second EP Out of the Sun in 2001.
Steve Parkin & the Foreign Films
He formed Steve Parkin & the Foreign Films and in 2005, which released an independent album Sandytown to critical acclaim. The group toured Australia to promote the album in 2005 and 2006.
Steve Parkin (solo)
Parkin released a solo album, Mighty Big Light, through Warner Music Australia on 22 April 2011. The first single, "Turn It Around", was released on iTunes prior to the album's release and received radio play on Triple J. Undoubtably his most popular Live Performance (As faithfully requested by "Table 26") is a song from this album called California. In the lead up to the release Parkin has released some YouTube clips filmed from his home with acoustic performances of some songs off the new album.
Bob Evans backing band
Parkin has co-written for other acts, including Little Birdy, and five songs for Eskimo Joe's 2009 ARIA number one album Inshalla. "Foreign Land" from the album won 'Most Played Australian Work' at the APRA Awards of 2010.
Parkin is a member of Basement Birds, with Mitchell, Josh Pyke and Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe). They released their eponymous album in 2010 independently, which reached No. 12 in August. Described in the press as a collaborative folk-pop "supergroup", Basement Birds toured Australia. The album was a publishing milestone, being the first in Australia to be released in bundles online through Apple's iTunes store.
Alongside his Basement Birds band members, Parkin was responsible for the attainment of the 1st place award for the "AAA" (Adult Album Alternative) category in the 2010 round of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The Basement Birds was also nominated for an ARIA award in 2010.
As a co-writer for the song, "Foreign Land", Parkin received an APRA award for "Best Rock Work" and "Most Played Australian Song" in 2010 with the band Eskimo Joe.
Parkin is managed by the Catherine Haridy Management (CHM) company.
Label and booking agent
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