Hey Ya (Cover) – Obadiah Parker

Obadiah Parker - Hey Ya

This may spawn a week of quasi-hip-hop cover posts; I’m not too sure yet. But ever since I heard this cover by Obadiah Parker of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” last month, it’s been playing on a pretty much non-stop repeat.

The cover has become something of a Youtube phenomenon, with lead singer Matt Weddle’s free voice opening the song up to interpretations that may have been overshadowed by Andre 3000’s bombastic performance. It was through this song that I stumbled upon their myspace page; most of the tunes on their page are live recordings, but the soul they play with is clearly audible. With hints of DMB, Counting Crows and even Bill Withers, it’s clear to me that Obadiah Parker are a band that are sure to hit things big soon.

Listen. Love. Support.

Listen: Obadiah Parker – Hey Ya (cover)



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  1. Matt Bruce
    February 11, 2008

    I heard from a friend that he was omish and when he turned 18 he could venture to the city and chose city life or omish life and if he chose city life he would be disgraced from omish culture. He chose the city. Personally this is quite an inspirational story if its true. I’ve looked everywhere but have no idea if its true or not. Someone hit me back if possible.

    • June 18, 2011

      That’s completely and totally untrue. He grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona where he attended First Baptist Church of Scottsdale. As far as I know, he’s never been Omish.

  2. Burgo
    February 11, 2008

    Hi Matt,
    That’s a new one, I haven’t heard that before. Personally I think your mate is pulling your leg. If you take a look at their myspace page (linked to in the entry), that doesn’t seem to correspond to their backstory :)

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