Rudy Parris, singer, songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and Team Blake member from season three of “The Voice,” has been signed to Warrior Records/UMGD, a division of L.A. Entertainment, Inc., it was announced today by Jim Ervin, president/CEO of Warrior. Parris’ debut album will be co-produced by him and Ervin in the historic Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood and will be available for release later this year.
The Visalia, CA, native was greatly influenced by the Bakersfield sound due in part to an eight-year residency playing alongside Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace. Citing Merle Haggard and Owens as his greatest influences, Parris feels fortunate to have learned from the masters. “I learned from Buck that I just need to be me,” Parris says. “Buck played his music, had fun, and joked around. He instilled in me that sense of freedom to be myself.” Carrying the torch for the Bakersfield sound is important to Parris which is why he chose to record his debut album at the famed Capitol Records Studios. In the meantime, he stays busy as an in-demand live draw.