We began making music as The National Parks in Provo, Utah in early 2013. In September of that year we released our first album, Young, and (along with our January 2014 standalone single, “As We Ran”) we saw more success than we could have expected for a debut launched with little-to-no idea of what it took to get our music out beyond our local scene. The album climbed to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and helped us get on the road to play shows in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and with some really awesome musicians like Andy Grammer, The Lone Bellow, LeAnn Rimes, and The Moth & The Flame.

Our experience playing in front of crowds factored into the development of our second album, Until I Live, in a very serious way. We wanted to take all of the things we loved most from that record and amplify, enhance, and experiment with them. The result of that effort is a ten-track album that we think maintains the heart and sincerity of Young but that also does its own thing too. We released Until I Live in September 2015 and were once again blown away as the album climbed charts – iTunes Pop Chart and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. We were thrilled to hear in April 2016 that “Monsters of the North,” a lead single from Until I Live, was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world’s premiere songwriting competitions. Press from major outlets such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, CMT Edge, and Pop Matters has fueled additional momentum and allowed us to continue touring into 2016, now having played in 50+​ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week.

Although we saw a number of changes over the first two years we’ve now settled into a dynamic 5-piece group with Brady Parks (Denver, CO) and Sydney Macfarlane (Kaysville, UT) still leading the way and John Hancock (Sacramento, CA), Doug Patterson (Provo, UT), and Megan Taylor (Draper, UT) each contributing in a variety of ways to make our live shows sound as full and complete as the recordings.

 

Sydney Macfarlane

Piano, Lead Vocals

Kaysville, Utah

 

 

Brady Parks

Guitar, Lead Vocals

Denver, Colorado

 

Doug Patterson

Trumpet, Other, Vocals

Provo, Utah

John Hancock

Electric Guitar, Vocals

Sacramento, California

Megan Taylor

Violin, Vocals

Draper, Utah