The music never stops for Amarah Parks.
Whether a Prince tune comes over the speakers at a coffee shop or she’s working an original song out in her head, when she isn’t speaking, Parks, 20, is humming along, drumming her fingers and singing.
The Carlton native has already seen some success as she pushes to launch a music career. She and sister Kaylee Peil won the Carlton County Fair’s “Carlton’s Got Talent” competition in 2018, which allowed them to take a bigger stage a few weeks later at the Minnesota State Fair.
Peil, on the other hand, has pursued a career as a nurse at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. While currently she’s focused on her solo career, she hopes the pair can begin working together again soon and potentially release some more songs.
“We really enjoyed it and maybe someday we’ll get each other in the studio,” Parks said. “She’s just got so much going on right now, but the relationship is still there, playing together is still just as wonderful and our voices meld really well — you can’t beat the way that sisters’ voices go together.”
As siblings often do, the sisters fought constantly as children, Peil, 23, said. Music, though, brought them together and helped them bond over a common art that they are looking to return to in the coming months.
“It's been 10 years and we've come a long way from that,” Peil said. “I hope we can continue to sing together for a long time and make music because it really is something special.”
Since their performance at the fair, Parks has worked on a solo act and recently released her first song on Spotify — “Comfort Zone.” Comfort Zone is “catchy,” Parks said, but she wants to draw attention to the deeper meanings in her lyrics.
“In that song, I'm kind of talking about how getting out of your comfort zone is worth it,” she said. “When you're in your comfort zone, it can be very comfortable, obviously, but limiting, and you might miss opportunities because you didn't take them when they came. So it's encouraging people to give acts of kindness to other people even when it's uncomfortable.”
When she’s not writing, performing or rehearsing, Parks works as a massage therapist specializing in deep tissue massage — something that sometimes pushes people past their comfort zone.
“Most of my clientele is deep tissue work,” Parks said. “We often have to address problem areas and I tell them there’s something called therapeutic discomfort ... Basically, what that means is you can bear it and your body isn’t guarding against it, but you’re also feeling some discomfort because something is being accomplished.”
In the same way she’s helping people recover from injuries as a massage therapist, Parks hopes her music helps them heal and move beyond spiritual pain.
“I hope my music is helping people heal and be free,” she said. “That’s part of my brand because my writing is very deep and vulnerable. It encourages people to feel their emotions rather than bury them.”
To find out more about when Parks is releasing new songs or is playing live, go to amarahparks.webs.com and to learn more about her work as a massage therapist go to magichandsmassage.webs.com.