Lola Parks (Sandy Powlik) is a Soul Folk Pop singer-songwriter from Vancouver. Her style is intelligent, intimate, evocative, boho chic and deeply influenced by her Indigenous and European heritage while staying true to her jazz roots ALA Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones.
In 2022, Parks released 3 singles: “You Are Light (Lynne’s Song),” a tribute to Parks’ recently late mama, “It’ll Be All Right,” about early loss of life due to overdose or suicide, and “Never Alone,” about a loved one not returning home. Stay tuned for more new music in 2023! “Somber yet hopeful,” says Parks of the recent releases, “with a resilience, acceptance and carrying-on: la vida sigue.“
No Apologies, her 2020 album, features singles, “Dreamer” and two-time International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist “Freight Train.” “No Apologies encourages us to own all of who we are, stand strong in our roots and our right to be, speak our truth and stand up to power,” explains Parks. “The songs are about female empowerment, dialogue, forgiveness, and celebrating where we come from.”
Parks has created a fiercely independent musical history: five studio recordings; five continents, multiple awards (Female Songwriter of the Year, Outstanding Vocal Jazz Musician); Western Canadian tours; TV/film/radio syncs incl. CBC’s “The Early Edition” theme song.
Stay tuned for more new music by Lola Parks in 2023!
“One seriously amazing voice” – Brett Smith-Daniels, Luxton Fair
“Lola’s dangerous writing and immaculate vocal stylings inspire me to get up tomorrow.” – Barry Newman, Cosmic Debris Mag