SCARLET PARKE

Soulful Songstress

Make no mistake, things may not have come easy for Scarlet Parke, but she understands a good mindset can get you places. The singer/songwriter is a rising star in the Seattle music scene and the product of a broken home, where drugs and alcohol touched her life continually. Scarlet overcame and now sets an example for youth with similar experiences.

An avid singer since she first saw The Little Mermaid at the age of four, Scarlet’s voice led her through church, school, and up to college where she earned a vocal scholarship.  It was two months into her university career that the music program got cut, but once again tackling adversity, she followed her voice out of school and onto the stage.

Influenced by soul and jazz music, Scarlet began to hit the scene, sometimes seeing  multiple shows a night for almost nine months, to talk to every musician she could. Her break started at a local jam with those same musicians in attendance. She was able to get on stage and use her improvisational style of singing to form her first of many bands. Now playing bigger festivals like Seattle’s own Upstream, her passionate style  of singing is hitting home with audiences. “All my songs are very emotionally charged and all true stories.” confides Scarlet “It makes all the crazy stuff I’ve gone through okay. It doesn’t have to live with me anymore, it lives in whatever song it is.”

“Where you are going depends on your mindset.”

Goals evolve. At the same time Scarlet is transitioning into pop music with a series of singles being released summer of 2018, she has found success in entrepreneurship. Seeing an opportunity to connect musicians in her hometown, Scarlet created Parke Ave, the first app of its kind. Now, in addition to her
music career, she hosts monthly events, helping strengthen the artist community in Seattle. In addition, she has continued to partner with a local alternative school, hoping to mentor kids from broken homes, and those who want to know there’s hope on the other side.

Once Scarlet followed her voice. Then she let her voice lead. Now, it has a purpose. “Everything is temporary. It’s not necessarily a bad thing or a good thing, but it’s a thing that reminds you that where you are now is not where you’re always going to be. Where you are going depends on your mindset.”

Goals evolve. Scarlet’s ultimate goal used to be to get through the trauma she experienced, to become her own rock. Now, it’s to be other people’s rock, for those who don’t have one. “I remember feeling overlooked as a kid,” Scarlet says, “feeling like I didn’t matter because grown-ups have their own problems. Kids become grown-ups and their problems multiply.” Now, Scarlet uses her voice to give a voice to others. Recently partnering with an alternative school in the Seattle area, she hopes to have more chances to mentor kids from broken homes, and those who want to know there’s hope on the other side.

Once Scarlet followed her voice. Then she let her voice lead. Now, it has a purpose. “Everything is temporary. It’s not necessarily a bad thing or a good thing, but it’s a thing that reminds you that where you are now is not where you’re always going to be. Where you are going depends on your mindset.”

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