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Artist of the Week: Scarlet Parke

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been around/writing together/performing?
: I've been writing poems and lyrics since I was 10 or 11 but didn't start turning them into songs until my late teens.

Tell us about the artistic process and the different stages that work into it
It always starts with a mood or a story. When my life is smooth sailing and easy, I find it really hard to get inspired. There's always a small piece of me that enjoys life's struggles because at least I know a good song is going to come from it. Lately, my favorite writing process has been freestyling over beats and I'm always surprised by what comes out of my mouth. I think I may have finally found the way to use my horrible habit of word vomiting for good!

Where does your inspiration come from? What other musical artists do you take inspo from?
I've always been especially inspired by female powerhouses like Ella Fitzgerald, Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Lady Gaga. I was a pretty sad kid so I usually found myself listening to blues and soul.

What kind of genre is your music? What kinds of things do you write about?
My music has changed shape over the years, just like me. My first album was blues/jazz and now I'm venturing into the world of electronic beats and hip hop. I guess that's the nice part about being a singer. My voice can go wherever I want it to!

Do you have one song that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
My favorite song is one that has not been recorded yet. It's called 'Blue' and it's the most beautiful sad song I've ever heard. Tearjerker 5,000.

What experiences in your life have shaped your music/art?
I lived a pretty great life until I was 16 when my parent's divorce led to drug abuse which led to me raising my two younger sisters for a couple years. I went from looking for colleges to looking for rehabs for my mom. It rocked my world.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go? What about upcoming shows?
Anywhere you listen to music! Upcoming shows are mainly on the west coast for now but I plan on going much MUCH farther than that in 2020.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
SO MUCH! I spent so much time worrying about what people would think about my music that I spent years hoarding all my songs. I'm over that now and have an artillery full of FIRE to release on the world. Songs, music videos, big collaborations, tour, all of it!

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
I drink a triple shot americano with coconut milk and half a pump of sugar free vanilla.