Nominated in 2010 as the Best Jazz Singer by Las Vegas Black Music Association in 2011, she won the award for Best Blues Singer. As the lead female vocalist with the group "Soulmates," she performed regularly at the Venetian Hotel/Casino. Parris was also a featured singer at the San Francisco Jazz Center for several seasons with the San Francisco Monday Night Big Band. In addition, she's performed for many dignitaries, celebrities, and various organizations such as the Black Engineers Award Conference, The Human Rights Organization, USNA Forestall Lecture, the National AIDS Memorial Grove, The Innocence Project, etc. In addition, with her acting skills, Parris received her Emmy nomination as an actress/singer on the MD PBS Children's Television Show "Bob the Vid Tech" and starred in several musical productions such as Godspell Jesus Christ Superstar, PURLIE, and SELMA.
As an author, Parris has written and published two children's books, So Many Bugs and Mali the Hippo, the Abella Choral Music Book of Negro Spirituals, and a book of prayers/poetry. Parris also created, produced, and narrated the Grammy Considered for Best Spoken Word historical fiction music audiobook "Abella." Seven music selections from Abella were also Grammy Considered in various music categories.
Her voice-over work credentials include the character voices of "Annie Action and Wanda Why" for the Baltimore Port Discovery Children Museum theme song. In addition, Parris directed and produced the animated musical "Glorytoys," which received honorable mentions in various organizations in LA. Glorytoys was also accepted into the Kingdomwood Film Festival Showcase and voted as the "Audience's Favorite" at the Christian Film/Television Market International Screen Tour. In her work as a Teaching Artist for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Wolftrap Early Learning Program in Las Vegas, NV, she designed Arts Integrated Lesson Plans to enhance Preschool curriculums and classroom activities. Her workshop, created for youth entitled "Negro Spirituals - Communication through Songs" with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Arts Excel Program, was one of the most requested lessons within the program. She received a Governor's Proclamation for directing and producing events for groups such as the Chrysalis House for Mothers recovering from substance abuse and the YWCA Domestic Violence Program. Parris served on the board of the MD and NV Chapters of Women in Film and is a graduate of the Les Brown Hungry for Greatness Speaker Academy.
She is currently building Parold Entertainment's music library as a songwriter/producer, writing a book about her unique life experience as a San Francisco Street performer with the Backyard Party Kings, and establishing a catalog of original artwork celebrating African American singers/musicians.
Parris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, Oakland, CA majoring in Intermedia and Literary Works for Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Fine Arts-In Interdisciplinary Arts Degree from Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA. She is a native of Annapolis, MD, and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.