A native Floridian and long-time Jacksonville
resident, Jimmy Parrish has been performing both
as a solo act and with his band for nearly thirty
years. After forming the Ocean Waves Band in
2000, his goal was to entertain audiences
throughout the southeast with an island style
tropical vibe. Armed with a combination of acoustic
rock heavily influenced by the music of Jimmy
Buffett, along with his love for the ocean and his
time spent in the islands, Jimmy helped pave the
way for what would be an up-and-coming musical
genre now known as ‘Trop Rock’.

In 2008, Kenny Chesney’s management group
hosted a nationwidecontest to find the “Next Big
Star”, which Jimmy and his band won in the
northeast Florida region. As a result, they were
awarded the opportunity to open for Chesney when
he performed at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena
later that year. “It was quite a thrill indeed”, Jimmy
boasts. “We got to play rock stars for a night in
front of nearly 15,000 people!”
The music of Jimmy and his Ocean Waves Band has grown greatly in
popularity in recent years. With the release oftheir third CD, Act of
Piracy, they’re steadily becoming one of the more well-known acts in
the Trop Rock nation. In recent years, Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean
Waves Band have headlined several of the larger Trop Rock events in
the country. Due in part to a significant and loyal following, along with a
song list loaded with creative originals, Jimmy and the band were
awarded the 2010 Trop Rock Music Association Horizon Award,
nominated in 2011 in three more categories including Band of the
Year, Album of the Year, and Musician of the Year, and 2012
nominees for Band of the Year.

Performing at nearly 200 events each year, Jimmy continues to
headline festivals and Parrot Head events, perform at major resorts,
beachside tiki bars, corporate functions, and clubs throughout the U.S.

Jimmy is available to perform solo or with his band.