Jackson Parsons (everyone calls him “Jack”) was born in New Orleans, LA, one of the world’s great music cities. Surrounded by the sounds of Mardi Gras parades, jazz, zydeco, blues, and R&B, Jack became enamored and swore that one day, he’d be a musician. After a few false starts, including a disastrous violin recital when he was 6, he picked up the guitar at 11 and everything started to click. After graduating high school, he moved to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College Of Music, from which he graduated cum laude in May of 2013. Shortly after, he moved to Nashville to begin his career in earnest.
Jack began performing with a litany of independent groups and offering his services as teacher and session guitarist. He played clubs and stages all over the US, in front of both empty rooms and sold out theaters. After a few years of life as a road warrior, Jack got a bit older, met a nice girl, and decided to settle down a little bit, beginning a career as a software developer. But even though his career is in a newer quieter phase, there is still plenty of music for him to make. Jack’s band, Smart Objects, released their debut album on September 11th 2020, and has drawn critical acclaim from We Own This Town, The Nashville Scene, and local radio station Lightning 100. A new album is already in the planning stages.
During his years as an instructor, he has taught students as young as 7 and as old as 85. Because each student has different goals and strengths, Jack creates a custom curriculum for each student so that they may achieve exactly what they want. Jack can teach anything from basic guitar instruction to music theory to stylistic tropes and tendencies to ensemble performance skills to audition preparation. Not only that, Jack is an encyclopedia of music history and loves to share his passion for music and quirky humor with his students.
Jack lives in Nashville with his wife, Holly, and 2 dogs, Cormac and Melba. Aside from music, he enjoys playing video games, reading, cooking, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with his bandmates.