He has previously referred to his music as “conflicted pop gospel” so it’s quite appropriate then that the title track from South Carolina-born singer-songwriter Parson James’ debut EP is called Temple and, lyrically it’s about as personal as it gets.
Released back in October, Temple tailed the release of Parson’s impeccable debut solo single Sinner Like You which reflected upon his experience coming out to his mum, having been raised in a tight-knit religious community. For the follow up, he took those personal experiences and using them to champion self-empowerment.
“Temple is about standing up, saying what you want to say, as loud as you fucking can, and going for it” says the man behind the Kygo hit Stole the Show.
“I know that there are kids out there just like I was, sitting there in a town, hiding. I would hate to be a person who’s 40 years old, married to a woman, knowing that you want be with a man. If you feel a certain way, just be it. Don’t be quiet for too long. Don’t be anything other than what you are.”
Now there’s a message for you, to take home, and one that is quite rightfully reflected in the song’s music video which premieres this week. Solid to its foundations, Temple is soulful, impassioned, uplifting and authentic. This guy deserves to be huge.