About Me...

Parker Hastings is a 20 year-old fingerstyle/singer/songwriter from Central Kentucky where there is a deep heritage of country, folk, and bluegrass music. He began learning the guitar at age 6, playing the music he enjoyed listening to on the radio. His whole mindset of playing guitar changed when he went to his  first Tommy Emmanuel concert when he was just 8 years old. He is very active in promoting thumbpicking and fingerstyle guitar, incorporating the traditional sounds into his music. Parker is continuing to grow as a musician, singer, and songwriter, making a "thumbprint" with his original music. He has had many opportunities to share his music with audiences in a multitude of places, opened for other artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Douglas, Ben Rector, Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb to name a few. He has also collaborated with some of the best musicians in Nashville at shows like the Jerry Reed Tribute and Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention. His style ranges anywhere from Glenn Miller to James Taylor, Chet Atkins to Earth Wind & Fire, his own original music, and much more! He enjoys arranging music, bringing a fresh sound to old classics, making them new again. He has won numerous guitar contests, one of them being the International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition, and most recently won the Wayne Henderson Festival Competition in June of 2018. He is currently a student at Belmont University in Nashville, TN studying Music Business. He plans to continue performing out as much as possible, seeking new opportunities to help expand his fanbase and playing music to bring a smile to his listener's faces!

 Awards and Accomplishments

2018 "Thumbpicker of the Year" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame  

2018 1st Place Winner at the Wayne Henderson Festival and Competition 

2017 Recording of the Year for "Breezin' Through Life" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame  

2017 1st Place Winner Renfro Valley Talent Contest  

2016 Recording of the Year for "Whimsical Smiles" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame  

2015 "Thumbpicker of the Year" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame  

2014 Grand Champion in Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Contest  

2014 Horizon Award Winner by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame 


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