Parker Kane is an American beatboxer, musician, speaker, and podcast host. He is notorious for his viral videos beatboxing with a McDonald’s cup and his podcast UPBEAT with Parker Kane.
One of his videos, “McDubstep,” which was cleverly titled by the commenting viewers, has now been seen over 1 billion times on Facebook. After his video went viral, he was then featured in his very own official McDonald’s commercial.
Parker has since appeared on many different TV shows including Outrageous Acts of Science, America’s Got Talent, Ridiculousness, and the Steve Harvey Show. He’s also been featured in many online articles from MTV, Huffington Post, DailyMail, and more.
Parker has delivered powerful speeches and beatbox performances for high-end people and organizations like Shark Tank’s Daymond John, TEDx, and McDonald’s. He continues to bring his message and story to stages and podcasts around the country.
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I want this page to be more than just a quick bio, so I’m going to take this opportunity to share my story with you – a little bit more in depth. My journey started in a small town called Greeley, just outside of Denver, Colorado. I lived there with my family for 9 years until we moved to Idaho following my parents’ divorce. I’ve been in Idaho ever since, and I claim Idaho as home! #Idahome
While growing up, I moved to many different cities and went through loads of different trials. I was a chubby, goofy looking kid in glasses who was never really good academically or athletically. I was a slow reader AND a slow runner. I was picked on all the time, sometimes not even knowing it, and I always felt like a bit of an outsider. I found safety in music, beatboxing, and making jokes. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an obsession with music. I loved the small details. Not only would I dissect songs so that I could learn to beatbox to them, but I would try to understand everything about them, from every instrument in the background to every person behind the lyrics. When I was 9 years old, I saw Justin Timberlake beatbox on TV while performing with the band, NSYNC. I was hooked … and I’ve never stopped beatboxing.
Beatboxing was my superpower. It set me apart from everyone else, even in the music world. It was how I escaped real life. It was how I expressed myself. It was how I “broke the ice” with people and could fit in with almost anybody in any situation.
Part of why I felt so different was because I’ve always dreamed really big and looked at life through a “big-picture” lens. Sometimes, it felt like I was the only one in my town who had a dream. I craved so much more – more than what was “realistic.” I worked really hard to become good at this. In high school, I learned almost every essential instrument in band, and I always made lots of videos after school. When nothing was happening, I would network and book my own spots at local events. I had a lot of jobs so that I could fund what I wanted to do. I spent extra time learning, growing, and mastering all of the things that I was passionate about.
Due to societal pressures (I guess), it took me a long time to fully commit to or even recognize what I wanted to do. Part of me believed others when they told me I couldn’t do it. While I was passionate about music and beatboxing, I was actively pursuing a career in the medical field. I was a lifeguard for 4 years and a Certified Nursing Assistant for 6 years. I even originally went to college at BYU-Idaho for their stellar nursing program.
I was giving 100 percent, but I struggled with grades and other intense life-issues that dragged me down to a serious state of depression. I didn’t want to wake up each day. I wasn’t motivated to do anything or talk to anyone. The more I put what I was passionate about on the back burner, the more I felt absolutely suffocated and hopeless.
Sparing sensitive details, I said one last prayer during a very difficult time when I was barely hanging on … and a miracle happened.
I was invited to go on a late-night McDonald’s run with some really good friends of mine. I wanted to say no, but I said yes. Some of them knew that I could beatbox with a McDonald’s cup, so they asked me to show the others. When I started beatboxing, the whole building went quiet. Everyone pulled out their phones to record, including my friend Sean, who posted the video on Facebook. The next morning, the video had 53,000 views, and because of all the shares, it went on to get over 1 billion views on Facebook. This launched me onto the path that I was supposed to be on.
I switched my major to Communications where I studied advertising and social media marketing. I started doing more cover videos and having more jam sessions with my sister, roommates and friends. My email inbox filled with hundreds of inquiries. I was going to be on TV and on many more stages.
Nearly everyone in my life told me at one point that beatboxing was just a fun hobby and that it would never amount to anything. I believed them. But through God, miracles, hard work, passion, never giving up, and one little answered prayer, my beatboxing now has over 1 billion views online and I’ve beatboxed on stages around the country for thousands and thousands of people.
With all of this said, I believe that we constantly develop passions. It’s a forever thing. The more we pursue what we’re called to do, the more we’re introduced to passions that we never would have discovered. To find those deeper, more meaningful passions, we have to act first. More than beatboxing, I loved the awe-inspired smiles it brought to peoples’ faces – and more than music – I loved the powerful lyrics and harmonic moments that made people really feel.
Through my viral video and public speaking experiences, I have discovered that my true passion is uplifting and inspiring others. The vehicles in which I do so are also passions of mine. I particularly enjoy encouraging people to pursue what they’ve always wanted to, as well as prove to them that they matter and what they really want in life is totally possible for them.
I could talk all day about the seemingly constant ups and downs, financial struggles, family hardships, and depression that has been with me through everything and even right now … but we ALL have trials! I just want you to know that I also struggle, and that I’m committed to living more UPBEAT and impacting millions of lives.
I do this through live events and my podcast, UPBEAT with Parker Kane. I plan to also write books and make more videos! I’m even considering making some courses or workshops, because I’m all about that one-on-one interaction! However, I know that the real impact often takes place in those small, day-to-day interactions that are easy to overlook. If we are kind, we are constantly impacting people in a positive way.
I am so grateful for all that life, my family, and a loving Heavenly Father has given me. I’m thankful for everything that I have, the apartment that I live in, the technology and resources that I always have available to me, and especially the amazing people in my life who I am blessed to call family, friends, and motivators … including you! I appreciate you being here and taking the time to engage with me on my website.
Please connect with me by following my podcast, joining The UPBEAT Suite, and engaging with me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or TikTok – as I love meeting new people and having meaningful conversations. I also enjoy being a part of your journey and staying up to date with you, your experiences, and the lessons you’re learning.
Always remember you were created to create. You have things that you’re passionate about and you’re meant to pursue those things – and for a life fulfilled – share what you learn with other people and uplift them through their journeys and processes too.
I know that life can be extremely challenging, but don’t ever convince yourself out of doing what you love doing and making a true impact. I’d love to say, “if I can do it, then so can you!” But I’m still in the process! I’ve done more than I ever thought I could, but I’m only beginning, and we’re in the trenches together friends! Arm in arm, let’s make the most of our time here!
I really hope that I can be of assistance. I’m striving to make a difference with my podcast, event performances, and everyday goals of deploying kindness. I respond to every single message and every single comment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
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UPBEAT is a weekly motivational and personal development podcast hosted by beatboxer, musician, and speaker – Parker Kane. Binge-listen to our in-depth conversations with top-of-their-game entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and creators who are actively pursuing what they love to do. Learn their proven-to-work strategies, get inspired by their uplifting stories, and embrace an immense amount of free, practical advice directly from the experts themselves. (New episodes every Monday!)