Singer/songwriter Parson James had a pretty good week last week. Not only did he unveil the powerful new visual for “Temple,” he also saw one of his own songs covered on the final season of American Idol.
Last Thursday, Noisey premiered the video for “Temple,” the title track off of Parson James‘ debut, The Temple EP. In the video, exquisitely directed by Olivia Malone (Miley Cyrus‘ “We Can’t Stop,” Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“) we see Parson singing and dancing his heart out in a church, surrounded by a beautifully diverse pastel-clad LGBT cast. The video is simple yet stunning, filmed in California’s Mojave desert at the infamous “Two Pines Chapel” from Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill trilogy. In the casting, Parson specifically wanted his co-stars to be as diverse as possible, celebrating “who we are as human beings and being absolutely proud of that.” According to Parson, the video takes you “through a completely dark and lonely place,” at the beginning, before ending in “a complete moment of self-love and true pride.” Absolutely beautiful.
In addition to releasing a new music video, American Idol finalist Trent Harmon dazzled everyone tuned in, not to mention judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban, with a soul-stirring rendition of “Waiting Game,” a song taken from The Temple EP. The impact of the performance saw the EP enter the Top 10 of the iTunes pop charts and pushed “Waiting Game” (hand selected by Keith Urban) into the pop singles charts. All in all, a pretty successful Thursday for Parson James I’d say. Be sure and check out this very special acoustic performance of “Waiting Game.” The Temple EP is out now via
RCA Records (iTunes / Spotify) and watch the video for “Temple” below. You can also see Parson KILLING it LIVE, by re-watching his flawless late night debut on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers here.
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