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Caryl 'Mack' Parker is a nationally renowned recording artist, songwriter and session singer. After leaving Abilene, Texas in the late 80's, Caryl followed her musical heart throughout the Western U.S. performing over 300 dates a year, eventually landing in Portland, Oregon where she resided for 9 years. All the work paid off. After generating significant independent buzz, sold-out live dates, and major-market radio airplay, offers from major publishers and record labels soon followed. Caryl, husband Scott, and their young daughter, Jessie, moved to Nashville in 1994, and began to put down musical roots in Music City USA. In 1996, Caryl released her solo album, 'Caryl Mack Parker', on indie label, Magnatone Records, garnering critical praise from such publications as Billboard Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Music Row Magazine. Critics have called her voice "the perfect instrument" and her music "a masterpiece". Her music has aired on hundreds of the largest major-market radio stations and video channels. She's had multiple Top 40 Adult-Alternative and Country Radio singles, with guest appearances on braodcast networks Sony Worldwide, AfterMidnight, TNN and Huntsman Broadcasting. Her videos have received heavy 'Hot-Shot' rotations on CMT and GAC, and she was a 3x guest on Prime Time Country. She has served as a staff writer for major music publishers Warner/Chappell, Hamstein, and Scream Music, and has written songs for such artist as Patty Loveless and television shows such as "The West Wing." She's been a regular face at Nashville's famous Bluebird Café and works as a session vocalist for many of Nashville's top recording artists and writers. Caryl is married to producer/publisher, Scott Parker. They are raising 2 beautiful kids (and various wildlife) on 8 acres at the outskirts of Nashville. The Parker's Nashville studio, Dead Aunt Thelma's has also been the long-time home for recording artists Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Daryl Worley, and many others. On many Sunday mornings, Caryl's voice can be heard on Nashville's Music Row (and in Heaven above) where she often leads worship at her Belmont Church home. After numerous request she recorded 'Alabaster Boxes', a worship experience recorded live at Belmont. Caryl also leads a weekly Music Row service for International House of Prayer. This rare album was one of Caryl's first independent releases while living in Portland, Oregon. It includs the radio hit 'First Day of Forever'. Recorded in 1993, the album contains her greatest early work. It includes several of Portland's finest musicians from that era, and an award-winning album cover by renowned graphic artist Steve Sandstrom.