Carey Parder Canadian recording artist

I am pleased to release my latest instrumental CD “Evening Light”.

Evening Light is a meditative album featuring finger-style guitar textured with rich layers of ambient background music. It is ideal for activities such as massage, meditation, or general relaxation. See links below to preview the album.

Feedback from listeners has also pointed out that the album can also provide a relaxing background for focused tasks like working at the computer or light physical duties.

My previous CD, NightBird, is my first album of original songs and is described as:
“a mix of modern folk and light rock, with a twist of blues…”.

NightBird is an album of all original songs exploring the many journeys of the heart.
It seems relationship is core to how we learn about life, each one offering up its own unique passage into love and self knowledge.

Looking at some of the tracks…

The Lock explores how we can become trapped in self-created limitations of mind, living behind imaginary walls, while the natural world beckons us to freedom.

Desert Dreamer came out of living in the Middle East (Yemen) for a few years and seeing how the story of two people drawn together was played out amidst cultural differences.

Nightbird, the title track, was inspired by recognizing the solace I find in nature is a constant, that it has always been there for me, to get me through those times of feeling lost or broken.

Each song is a mix of personal experience and creative expression, and I would like to thank those who have walked with me over the years for their inspiration. Click here for all song lyrics in NighBird

Carey ParderI have also released two instrumental guitar albums, Mirage and Passages, under the duo name WilliamCarey, (William Wilton and Carey Parder). Mirage moves from a folk/classical sound into ambient themes, Latin flavors and back to quiet finger style compositions. Passages is warm blend of light classical and jazz guitar.

All three albums are available on the Indie site or my company site NightBird and Mirage are also available on iTunes (search WilliamCarey for Mirage).

In the broader field of composition and production I operate HummingBird Studios.  HummingBird’s experience composing and producing music spans a diversity of projects including feature length film, TV drama, documentaries, commercials, and album projects.

My last “music for picture” project was the sound track for A Few Good Men and Woman by Zima Junction Films, a 7 part documentary which follows a class of recruits through their training at Saskatchewan Police College.

As a performer I have played guitar many years in a variety of bands, duos and theatre ensembles. I started off playing coffee houses and folk clubs in Calgary in the 70s and went on to tour across Canada with the rock group McKay Bros Band.  I have always been doing some level of recording, which led me to establish HummingBird studios in the late 90s where I continue to enjoy creating music.

 To to listen to some sample tracks on-line or purchase them:

For packaged album purchase in Canada: 

Evening Light NightBird Mirage Passages


For packaged album purchase Internationally:

Evening Light NightBird Mirage Passages


For MP3 download please use:

Evening Light NightBird Mirage  

Evening Light, Mirage and NightBird are also available as a download at iTunes.
(Mirage is under artist "WilliamCarey")

TAXI Interview - November 2013

(TAXI is an independent A&R vehicle out of Los Angeles)


Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up just east of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Q: What made you realize that music was your path?

A: Discovering a Harmony arch-top guitar under my mother's bed when I was about 7.

Q: How would you describe the music that you typically

A: My songs are often in the Folk-Rock, Folk-Blues genres. My instrumental composition work is quite diverse - I do love mixing it up: adding punchy rock drums to orchestral pieces, or blending vocal tonal elements into instrumental tracks.

Q: Who are your biggest musical influences?

A: For singer / songwriters: Tom Waits, Sting, Eric Clapton, Bruce Cockburn

     For film composers: Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Mark Isham

Q: What makes your music unique?

A: I think because I seem to cross genres quite easily, (sometimes unknowingly!), my music will often be a blend elements not always heard together. Plus I like to "play" with styles and cultural influences.

Q: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you're most proud of?

A: Co-writing the score for the feature length film "The Girl Who Married a Ghost" with singer songwriter Chantal Vitalis was very satisfying. Collaboration is a test of relationship, and scoring a dance featured film pushed us both into new creative territory.

Q: What's next for you?

A: I am working on an instrumental album Evening Light which will have a subtitle of "Meditation by Guitar".