The 1960s handed our world a very rare gift – a gift of some of the most talented R&B artists of our time. These brothers and sisters of “soul” led the way – paved the way – for future talented artists of today. The deep soul renditions of their “mainstream” songs – the soulful, gritty, emotional sounds we came to love – were born from the church – the inner core of their faith. The Sunday hours spent praising the Lord – offering testimony — was their training ground to build the strong foundation of our nation’s beloved “Rhythm & Blues.”
Enter the handsome, talented Winfield Parker. Winfield’s career began as one of the nation’s most successful, talented R&B artists, producing an enormous following of dedicated fans. Always in demand for live concert appearances, Winfield Parker traveled throughout the world, delivering his unique style of soulful R&B to sell-out crowds in every major city. Starting with Mr. John Bishop’s Coppertone Revue, traveling across the eastern and southern seaboards to appear at fairs and festivals, led to Winfield’s highly impressive recording discography which includes top-notch issues on premier record labels – beginning his singing career with Mr. Rufus Mitchell, then owner of the now highly collectible Baltimore based Ru-Jac label (one of the nation’s first African-American owned record labels), plus Spring, Wand, Calla, ATCO, GSF, P&L and Arctic. Winfield Parker was a star on the “top of the charts” – appearing with such talent as The Temptations, James Brown, Etta James, Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, Four Tops, and Carla Thomas. And these are just a few.
On Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Dupont Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, The GEMA Foundation (Global Entertainment Media Association) held its Annual The Golden Mic Honors – Paying Tribute & Honoring Northern Soul Music- The 50th Anniversary Celebration for The Arctic Records Artists & Label. Honoring the 50th Anniversary of The Three Degrees, Barbara Mason, Gamble & Huff, John Ellison, The Royal Five, Winfield Parker, Kenny Hamber, The Temptones, Honey & The Bees and Brenda & The Tabulations. The Global Entertainment Media Arts (G.E.M.A.) Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of the musical and cultural arts of America.
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Winfield was honored by professionals and artists in the music entertainment industry across the nation, his friends and family. The honor was dedicated to Winfield for over 57 years in show business, not only performing — but also helping many artists grow and achieve success in their careers. Today, Winfield continues his popularity – in the U.S. and abroad, recording and appearing at venues in the UK and Europe. Winfield Parker — He’s Legendary!