How about some Hunter Parrish news to brighten your day? The multi-talented actor/musician has just unveiled his first official single, “Sitting At Home,” which is now available to download via iTunes. Go ahead, give it a listen. We challenge you to not get the catchy tune stuck in your head.
MTV News was lucky enough to sit down with the very humble charmer recently to get some inside info on the story behind the music, which despite the “newness” of this single, he’s been working on since he was just 14 years old.
“I didn’t really feel comfortable sharing it, I wasn’t confident in it, I’d share little pieces,” Hunter explained of his road to recording. “I’ve written probably over 200 songs that have a verse and a chorus and that’s it. I feel like a lot of people are in that place,” he added with a smile. “Then I was able to sing publicly and as part of my acting career and so people are like, ’Well do you want to do this?’ and [I said] ’Well actually I already do, I just don’t know how to have confidence in it.'”
Hunter went on to say that he’s getting to a good place in sharing his music with others, particularly after meeting a few guiding lights — or cheerleaders, so to speak.
“I’ve met a couple extraordinary people who have kind of helped light the fire under my butt and showed me to have confidence with what I want to do and stories I want to tell,” he said. “I’m still terrified, very terrified actually, but I think day by day and piece by piece I can feel more comfortable with it and I’m really glad people are enjoying the single and the EP’s coming out so we will see where it goes from there.”
The “Weeds” actor hopes to be able to balance his career with work in both music and in television and film.
“I started doing music the same time professionally with acting and so that’s always been 50/50 for me and then I came to LA and I got ’Weeds’ and some other films and that kind of took off and became my priority because it had to be,” he said. “I was still doing the music, just not publicly and so now I feel like I kind of want to balance that percentage out again and to be 50/50 [with acting and making music].”
Hunter added that he plans to keep making music, no matter what.
“I don’t know if I really fit into today’s music world, the fans will have to I guess make that [call],” he said. “But I’m going to tell the story I want to tell with my music and write the music I want to write and if people like it and respond to it then great. If they choose to play it on the radio I’d be really excited about that,” he said, flashing another killer smile. “But I’m not going to write for that. I just want to have this outlet for me.”
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