After concluding her glorious Upstairs at Vitello’s debut, singer-songwriter-pianist Angela Parrish said, “I want to emotionally move people and touch their souls in a positive way with my songs.” The multi-talented Angela certainly did that with the packed crowd at Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club, with everyone beaming about discovering a performer on the verge of greatness.
Parrish sang some familiar songs, such as Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” and Carole King’s “Smackwater Jack,” and you can hear their influence as Angela’s rich voice covered their songs. But it’s when Angela grooves to her own creations that the raven-hair songbird flies.
Although a sweet looking young lady, she is a commanding presence when she sits down at the piano and offers songs that showcase her storytelling talents along with her melodic-sassy-sophisticated voice. Parrish’s sound has both a vintage and contemporary quality to it, sort of if Carole King and Alicia Keys merged their vocal talents. That’s what Parrish offers with her spin on folk Americana music. She was supported by a great band — Tom Rizzo on guitar, Cooper Appelt on bass, Jose Perez on drums, and special guest Brian Clancy on tenor sax.
The performance started with “Higher,” the powerful potential hit Parrish wrote. More highlights came with other original songs such as “Noon in Denver” co-written with Greg Gordon Smith who joined her at the piano; “Change of Heart,” an “it’s over song” written with Tom Rizzo; “Rainproof” written with Mark Winkler; and “The Couple Down the Hall,” a love song she wrote about her parents.
Check for future dates at Vitello’s located at 4349 Tujunga Ave. in Studio City. Call (818) 769-0905. And to hear more from Angela Parrish go to reverbnation.com/angelaparrish. Angela’s next gig will be at Room 5 in Hollywood on March 19 at 7p.m.