A native Floridian and long-time Jacksonville resident, Jimmy Parrish has been performing both as a solo act and with his band for nearly thirty years. After forming the Ocean Waves Band in 2000, his goal was to entertain audiences throughout the southeast with an island style tropical vibe. Armed with a combination of acoustic rock heavily influenced by the music of Jimmy Buffett, along with his love for the ocean and his time spent in the islands, Jimmy helped pave the way for what would be an up-and-coming musical genre now known as Trop Rock.
The music of Jimmy and his Ocean Waves Band has grown greatly in popularity in recent years. With their third CD release, Act of Piracy, they are steadily becoming one of the more well-known acts in the Trop Rock nation. In recent years, Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves Band have headlined several of the larger Trop Rock events in the country. Due in part to a significant and loyal following, along with a song list loaded with creative originals, Jimmy and the band were recently awarded the Horizon Award by the international Trop Rock organization, the Margarita Mafia.
In 2008, Kenny Chesney management group hosted a nationwide contest to find the "Next Big Star," which Jimmy and his band won in the northeast Florida region. As a result, they were awarded the opportunity to open for Chesney when he performed at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena later that year. "It was quite a thrill indeed", Jimmy boasts. "We got to play rock stars for a night in front of nearly 15,000 people!"
Performing at nearly 200 events each year, Jimmy continues to headline festivals and Parrot Head events, perform at major resorts, beachside tiki bars, corporate functions, and clubs throughout the southeastern U.S.
Visit www.jimmyparrishonline.com for more information, to hear original sound clips, and check out the current performance schedule.