Parker Santos has always had a musical touch.
When he was only five years old, the Shreveport native began playing the piano, and seven years later, he took those skills and decided to begin producing music. After getting his hands on a copy of FL studio, he started playing around with some beats. Now, at 21, the artist has released a full album and a collection of singles.
Though Parker Santos is his real name, the musician is more widely known in the music community as St. Branham, “Saint” coming from his last name, and “Branham” his middle.
Santos releases his chill R&B and hip-hop tracks under this pseudonym to Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Music. He agrees that gaining listeners via these platforms is an important part of the process, but his focus isn’t fame-- it’s creating something that he’s proud of. The music comes first; all the other aspects are just bonuses.
One of his favorite parts of the process is playing live, and St. Branham got pretty lucky with his first gig. He and a few of his friends threw a party, and he got the opportunity to perform for around 600 people. Since then he hasn’t done anymore, and is instead choosing to focus on expanding his style.
Even though St. Branham is only at the beginning of his career, he’s already made some serious sacrifices to pursue what he loves. His college attendance began to drop because he was focusing so much of his time and energy on his art, and his parents even went so far as to kick him out. Though these seem like setbacks, they only made the artist push harder to achieve his goals.
“I’ve literally given up everything to pursue this,” he said, “I refuse to look back.”
After spending long hours at the studio working day in and day out, St. Branham says one of the most frustrating parts of the process is people’s unwillingness to stop for a minute and give his tracks a listen.
St. Branham doesn’t have any particular release dates in mind, but he says he definitely has new music on the way. Until then, he says he’s going to stay on his grind and wants to encourage others to do the same.
“I will make it one day,” he said. “We all have the potential to reach our goals if you dedicate your precious time and your life to it. Never give in. Never give up.”
"Only advice I can really give is to keep grinding no matter how hard it gets. Don't listen to what anybody says, create what you want to create. Keep your vision in focus. Never stop."
Branham's latest track "nowadays" was released on January 20th.
No release dates yet, but St. Branham has been in the studio. Be on the lookout for his new music!
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