FEATURE — Southern Utah’s live music scene is flourishing and the Canyon Media crew is back to highlighting local musicians. So gather around for another session of “Paper Jams.”

Coming to you from Cloud 9 Studios at Canyon Media, this month’s edition features St. George native Jacob Parkinson, a singer-songwriter with a travel guitar and a reflective lyrical style.

Watch (and hear) Jacob Parkinson perform live from Cloud 9 Studios at Canyon Media in the media player above.

Raised in the heart of red rock country, Parkinson’s love for music and poetry has always shaped the trajectory of his life. He draws inspiration from a vast spectrum of styles and genres, from the somber hymns he sang on Sundays to the heavier punk-rock albums he would “borrow” from his older brother’s CD collection. More than anything, he appreciates the music made by songwriters like James Taylor, Janis Ian and Jon Bellion.

For his appearance on Paper Jams, Parkinson performed a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire.” He also performed an original song, “Temporary,” which is one of many he has composed over the last few years.

Parkinson is passionate about crafting songs that help others through both the beautiful and the challenging aspects of the human condition. Whether he’s performing on stage or playing lullabies for his sons at night, his tunes create a relatable and warm atmosphere for his audiences to enjoy.

As a father to three boys under the age of 3, Parkinson’s involvement in the local music scene has been relatively limited in recent years, but now he’s jumping back in with deeper perspectives, higher hopes and a rekindled passion for his craft. Follow him on Instagram @jaycub4 to stay updated on upcoming gigs and new songs.

If you’re a musician interested in playing on a future episode of Paper Jams, you can contact St. George News in the Facebook comments for this article or email paperjams@stgnews.com.

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