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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Parris inherited music and art at an early age from his mother and father who were pastors. Church really helped groom his musical gift. He attended the Philadelphia Creative and Performing Arts High School where Boyz II Men, Bilal, Questlove, Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco and Leslie Odom attended as well.
In 1998 Parris was discovered by gospel artist Tye Tribbett. Shortly after he joined the group was signed to Sony while playing behind Vivian Green as a backing band. Under the label the band released three albums (LIFE, Victory LIVE, and Standout). Parris toured with the band for 10 years. He married his wife Dionne(one of the singers from the group and had two children.
From there Parris went on to play, produce, arrange, compose and tour with many artists and producers ranging from Floetry, Musiq Soulchild, Timbaland, Bubba Sparxx, Brandy, James Poyser, Justin Timberlake, Israel and New Breed, Aaron Lindsey, Marvin Sapp, the late Gerald Levert, Travis Greene, Janet Jackson, The Roots/Late Night w Jimmy Fallon, Weird Al Yankovic, Big Sean, ASAP Rocky, Anthony Hamilton, Lauryn Hill and many more.
The album Covered: Alive In Asia won two Grammy Awards, being the first time Parris wouls participate on a grammy winning project.
As an indie artist Parris Bowens has released his own projects ‘A Digital Flow VOL.1 & 2’, ‘The Freedom Project’, ‘Parris & the Revival’ and ‘A Time With You’, ‘Stay: LIVE In Baltimore’. and Mitch’s Moves. And now he currently is working a new project with his band Tiny Spicy Chick’n. Look for their shows and tours in 2020.