Between opening for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and working a shift at Raising Canes, Parker McCollum has been making headlines. It is always fun when someone makes it big from your town, and that is exactly what Parker has done—he is a shining star in country music.
Parker McCollum was born on June 15, 1992 and grew up in Conroe. Throughout his childhood summers, Parker worked on his grandparent’s ranch also in Montgomery County. He graduated from College Park High School in The Woodlands. Without a doubt, he is a hometown hero. According to Southern Living, he recently said, “Conroe was great. I miss it all the time. When I lived there growing up, I couldn’t wait to get out, now all I want to do is go back. It’s kind of funny how that works out.” I am sure that most people can relate to those sentiments.
Parker McCollum is a singer-songwriter. He not only is a talented, but he is also very relatable, which is most likely the secret to his success. Whether it is his lyrics or what he says in front of an audience, he comes across down to earth. Last year, he headlined the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLS&R) for the first time. I happened to see his performance. Parker was genuinely humble and grateful for the opportunity. He was bowled over that 73,243 tickets sold for his performance.
He is his own person, too. His nickname is the “Gold-Chain Cowboy.” Parker has his own sense of style whether it be the baseball cap or the gold chain around his neck. In fact, he said this about the gold chain in an interview with Audacy, “And I was brought up that way, you know: Work very hard and try to go out and take care of yourself, and reward yourself for working hard, but carry yourself the right way.” He is who he is. It’s as simple as that.
His first single, “Pretty Hearts,” topped the charts at #1 in 2019. This song is considered his breakthrough hit. Last year, Parker McCollum received the honor of the “Academy of Country Music’s New Male Artist.” His music video for “To Be Loved By You” received the Country Music Television Award for Breakthrough Video. Then this year, he not only headlined the HLS&R, he was the opening performer. This is an honor that he now shares with George Strait, Garth Brooks, and many others. At only 30 years old, Parker McCollum has a promising career in country music. He will continue to represent the city of Conroe well.
Parker McCollum is Conroe’s Country Music Star, who will continue to shine bright. From his childhood to his character, Parker will continue adding more highlights to his career. For anyone wanting to follow your dreams, don’t be afraid to shoot for the stars. Parker McCollum did and became one.