There are two places songwriter/singer/guitarist Raymond Parker feels most comfortable, on the back of a horse he is training and on stage when he is performing his own songs, as well as a few George Strait tunes. Raymond also works a full time job. Just back from New York, Raymond recently recorded his second album 'Forgive Me' with Black Rose Productions and Broccoli Entertainment. Raymond and his band, The Lost River Band, are hitting the stages in Oregon and California seeking the best avenue for people to hear and enjoy the songs of this album as well as the seven songs Raymond recorded in 2001 with the help of two-time Grammy winner Chris Booher of Asleep at the Wheel. The title track, 'Forgive Me' is about a man coming to terms with sins we all commit and then moving on with the knowledge that by God's Grace we can move past them. His first video, 'Becky's Song', was inspired by a good friend and breast cancer survivor (the video is also available to be previewed on Raymond's website). Raised on a farm in Nevada, Parker grew up singing in a John Deere tractor dreaming of the day he would play guitar and follow the roads of his idols George Strait, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Raymond's love of country music was inspired by his Dad. After losing his father to cancer in 1994 Raymond decided to follow his dreams and in October 1999 he wrote and produced his first album 'Chase a Dream'. Parker spent his youth playing football, exercising racehorses and wrestling. He left the high desert of Nevada for Oregon and Oregon's Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1992. While at OIT, Raymond was the last NAIA All American wrestler for that school. The same hard work and dedication that made him an All American wrestler goes into his music but he is quick to acknowledge that successful people have something in common, they surround themselves with GREAT people.
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