Parker Urban Band is one of the regions most organic, soulful and sought after bands in the up rising movement of fantastic talent that stays true to real music. Each member has something to say without expectation, to only let the music breath and to be absorb. The soulful grooves, foot stomping funk and spontaneous improv will be sure to draw you into their delicious vibes. They have performed or shared the stage with many amazing talents such as Zach Deputy, Roosevelt Collier, The Lee Boys, Bobby Lee Rodgers, JJ Grey & Mofro, Natalie Stewart, The Duhks, The Wailers, Damon Fowler, Selwyn Birchwood Band, THE MAIN SQUEEZE, The Heavy Pets, Toubab Krewe and the list really does keep going! Fronted by John Parkerurban on guitar, Juanita Parkerurban and Myrna Lynn Perry Stallworth on vox with killer P.U.B family members Ricky Alessi formerly of Chroma, John Mortensen of Mama BLue, James Elam Holloway, and Chris Poland of Fusebox Funk!
MYRNA STALLWORTH, Born in Jacksonville, FL into a family full of gospel music performers so it’s inevitable that her lyrics and vocals have gospel feel. Myrna sang in various choirs in grade school and progressed to the Florida A&M University Chamber Choir on a music scholarship. After college Myrna wrote and recorded several gospel songs. She didn’t start writing and performing secular music until much later life. Her first professional band was STR8UP, a classic R&B band in Jacksonville, FL. Later she joined another Jacksonville band “Parkstreet” and contributed several original songs. Myrna’s goal is to write 100 songs by 2016. Myrna’s musical influences are Aretha Franklin, Julie Andrews, Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, and Susan Tedeschi.
JOHN PARKERURBAN, Born in Flint Michigan has been playing guitar since the age of twelve. He began working on his ear playing a 1968 Gibson SG through a Jambox while listening to a wide range of artist such as Randy Rhodes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hank Williams Jr, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Saul Hudson, Angus Young and Hendrix. John has traveled the globe in the Marine Corps stretching from Japan to Norway while slinging his guitar the whole time. John has played with Natalie Stewart of Floetry, opened for ARS, Toots and the Maytals, and The Wailers. Since arriving in Florida in 2003, he has gained a passion for the southern hip folk tinged jam rock coming from artist such as Jimmy Herring, Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks, Project Z, and Aquarium Rescue Unit. He also loves to indulge into the progressive artist such as Guthrie Govan, Allan Hines, and Scott Henderson. John has a wide range of blessings which also include writing and composing grooviness!
JUANITA PARKERURBAN, Raised in South Carolina, her musical aspirations began at a young age behind the piano. In her youth she also participated in singing in church choirs, as well as musical dramas and performances at school. Throughout the years she put her focus in pursuing other dreams in the Arts of dance. It wasn’t until adulthood she began rebuilding her musical interest with a voice, and joined her first band in 2011. She absorbs inspiration from Susan Tedeschi, Mavis Staples, Ruthie Foster, and Joss Stone. Juanita is becoming into her own with a raw and gusty voice of power, and harmonic beauty. Being a part of PUB she has already been blessed to share the stage and record with some prominent artists and musicians. She continues to build on her musical journey humbly, and eagerly.
JOHN MORTENSEN, raised in Jacksonville, was weaned on AM country radio and records from Disneyland, Peter Pan and Pickwick. At age 15, a new neighbor with a guitar prompted John to ask Santa for a bass guitar from the Sears Wish Book which quickly lead to countless hours of play, stop, rewind, stop, play, repeat. This, coupled with a penchant for bedroom jam sessions rocking the gamut of the Columbia House music catalog provided the foundation for a lifelong obsession. Bouncing between Jax and Gainesville on a 30-year journey spanning rock, punk, metal, Gospel and country, John eventually found his soul-home with the PUB family in late 2013.