Lola Parks (Sandy Powlik) is an Indigenous Soul Folk Pop singer-songwriter from Langley. 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.
Check out 2022’s “You Are Light (Lynne’s Song),” a tribute to Parks’ recently late mama, “It’ll Be All Right,” (Sep 2) about early loss of life, whether overdose, suicide or natural, and more soon – stay tuned!
No Apologies, her 2020 album, features singles, “Dreamer” and 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, Most Outstanding Vocal Jazz Musician); Western Canadian tours; TV/film/radio placements incl. CBC’s “The Early Edition” theme song.
“One seriously amazing voice” – Brett Smith-Daniels, Luxton Fair
“Lola Parks is the most mature, original, soulful and honest fusion/folk act I’ve had the pleasure to witness. Sandy Powlik’s dangerous writing and immaculate vocal stylings inspire me to get up tomorrow.” – Barry Newman, Cosmic Debris Mag