Q&A: Winfield Parker

Photo Credit: Roy Cox
Photo Credit: Roy Cox

I chatted with Winfield Parker about his career and his upcoming performance at the Maryland Folklife Festival

Q: Where did you grow up?

Cooksville, Maryland.


Q: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

I was about fourteen years old.


Q: What is your favorite instrument to play and why?

When I played instruments, it was the saxophone. It’s just beautiful. But I’ll admit, I like singing better now.


Q: Favorite part of performing live?

The excitement of the crowd and seeing their joy as I do what I love.


Q: Who are your musical influences?

Sam Cook, James Brown, Little Richard, Tommy Hunt of The Flamingo’s to name just a few.


Q: Do you think music can heal the soul?

I most certainly do..I’ve seen it happen!


Q: What is your favorite song to sing?

“A Change Is Gonna Come.” I have LIVED the message of this song.


Q: Are you excited about headlining the Maryland Folklife Festival this weekend?

I am! I’ve never headlined a show in Baltimore before. It’s an honor, really. It doesn’t matter where I’m performing because I’m going to what I love anywhere.


Winfield headlines the Maryland Folklife Festival this Saturday at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown!

Maryland Arts Council Official Website

Creative Alliance Official Website