Plymouth Fine Arts Series features La La Land vocalist from Newton

ParrishWICHITA - The Plymouth Fine Arts Series, sponsored by Plymouth Congregational Church, presents From Kansas to La La Land: A Concert with Angela Parrish, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30pm, with a reception following.
    In a January Newsweek article by John Walters (www.newsweek.com/la-la-land-another-day-sun-musical-540041), Parrish’s remarkable journey was profiled. She left her native Newton home for Los Angeles in 2012 at the age of 26. A little more than four years later, Parrish’s voice is the first one you hear in the movie La La Land.  In the six-minute opening, Another Day of Sun,  Parrish supplies the vocals.
    Parrish graduated from Wichita State University with degrees in special music education and jazz piano performance, she was awarded a master’s degree in jazz piano from the University of Northern Colorado.


    After spending the first six months in L.A. living out of her old Honda Fit, eating dollar meals from Taco Bell, showering at the North Hollywood YMCA and using Panera’s Wi-Fi, she landed a regular gig at Vitello’s in Studio City four nights a week. And then came the successful audition for La La Land.
    Parrish proudly released her first full-length album Vehicle on Oct. 6. Her debut EP Faithful and Tall was released in 2015. Parrish still lives, writes, and performs in Los Angeles.
    She will be performing many of her own compositions, as well as favorites from musical genres folk, country, blues, and jazz, and joined by some of her longtime friends in Wichita --Quinn Lake, cello; Miki Masuda Jarvis, bass; and Steve Hatfield, drums.
    Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the church office or by calling 316-684-0221. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
    Plymouth Congregational Church is located at 202 N. Clifton in the College Hill neighborhood. Rev. Dr. Donald P. Olsen is Senior Minister, Rev. Karen Robu is Associate Minister, and Howard Webb is Director of Music.
    For more information on Angela Parrish’s music, visit www.angelaparrish.com. l

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