About the band
Olivia K & The Parkers
Founded in 2016 and completely reimagined in 2019, Olivia K & The Parkers has evolved into the collaborative brainchild of Olivia K, (singer-songwriter, fearless leader, designated Guardian of Soul) and Jesse Featherstone (arranger, music director, Bringer of Madness). After playing such venues as Baby’s All Right and City Winery early on, OK&P exploded onto the scene at Sony Hall. Opening for Kermit Ruffins, the band turned a dumbstruck crowd into their congregation.
Now, OK&P are embarking on their next point of departure: The Sankofa Project! An meditative act of creation and closure, the OK&P crew intend to record Olivia’s entire catalogue of songs. Most of these were never put to track. In doing so, the the band commits itself to the wisdom of the Ghanaian symbol, Sankofa. It reminds us: to move forward in these uncertain times, we must first confront the demons of the past. Within a month of announcing the project, the band blew past their crowdfunding goal
When not in the studio, Olivia K & The Parkers are still electrifying venues across NYC and beyond. Their all-Brooklyn fusion of soul, jazz, gospel, and art rock speaks to expansive minds and righteous spirits everywhere.
The K in Olivia K, Khe-ra, means "Daughter of the Sun," which perfectly describes her joyous outlook on life and fiery disposition. Olivia K has lived in Brooklyn her whole life, except four years uptown at Columbia University. Her iconic voice and original writing can be heard on Netflix's Tales of the City, as well as in commercials, and most unusually, the subways of NYC. As the DIY Funk Queen of East New York, she has led her band Olivia K and the Parkers in opening for Kermit Ruffins, and has her anthem "Native New Yorker" archived in the permanent archives of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Jesse Featherstone is a pianist and composer living in Brooklyn. A NYC native, Jesse’s passion for all things music has led them to study with legends in both the classical and jazz universes, including pianists German Diez and Henry Butler. Jesse’s queer, cerebral, style and unique, left-of-center persona can be seen at venues all over the city, playing with such artists as Joe Bataan, David Byrne, The Hook Club, and Olivia K & The Parkers. Jesse releases their own work under their group, psilFEED; their favorite Pokémon is Wobbuffet.