Parker Kane is an accomplished American beatboxer, speaker, and podcaster. He gained widespread recognition for his viral videos, including the infamous “McDubstep,” which has an impressive 1 billion views online. As a testament to his talent, Parker was even featured in an official McDonald’s commercial.

Beyond his online success, Parker has made appearances on TV shows such as Outrageous Acts of Science, America's Got Talent, Ridiculousness, and the Steve Harvey Show. He has showcased his unique blend of beatboxing and motivational speaking at events like TEDx, corporate gatherings, and creator conferences, often sharing the stage with leaders like Daymond John from Shark Tank.

Parker's distinguishing factor lies in his ability to deliver impactful speeches and electrifying beatbox performances that leave a lasting impression. He continues to captivate audiences and share his inspiring story on stages and podcasts across the nation.

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I wanted this page to be more than just a quick bio, so I’m going to take this opportunity to share a bit more of my story with you. I’m from a small town near Denver, Colorado, but Idaho has been home for me since my family moved here when I was a little kid in 2000.

Growing up, I moved to different cities following my parents' divorce, and I was the quirky, glasses-wearing kid who struggled academically and athletically. Music, beatboxing, and humor became my safe-zone.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an obsession with music. And when I was 9 years old, I saw Justin Timberlake beatbox on TV while performing with the band, *NSYNC. I was instantly hooked, and beatboxing became my superpower.

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.

Dreaming big set me apart, and sometimes, it felt like I was the only one in my small town who had a dream. I craved so much more than what was “realistic,” and I still do.

It took me a considerable amount of time to fully commit to, or even recognize, what I wanted to do. Honestly, I'm still figuring it out. But when it comes to beatboxing, part of me believed others when they told me I couldn’t pursue something like that seriously. So, I decided to also go to college to become a nurse.

Throughout college, I struggled with some additional challenges that life threw my way, and I was dragged down to a serious state of depression — I didn’t want to be here anymore.

Yet, October 4th, 2015, marked a miraculous turning point for me. During a challenging night, a close friend of mine invited me to join him and a few others for a late-night McDonald’s run. Familiar with my beatboxing talent, they insisted I show the friends who hadn't experienced it before. The entire restaurant went silent, and nearly everyone pulled out their phones to capture the moment.

One of the videos, recorded by the friend who invited me that night, Sean, went on to get over 1 billion views online and across all social media platforms.

The original video was posted on Facebook at 12:17 a.m. on October 5th, 2015. It has over 9,000+ shares and 500,000+ views, not including the additional shares and views that stemmed from the ripped, downloaded, and shared versions scattered across the internet.

After the success of this viral video and years of public speaking, I ultimately discovered my passion for uplifting and inspiring others — encouraging people to actively pursue their dreams while instilling the belief that their passions are not only valid but also achievable. I firmly believe that everyone has unique passions for a reason; it's a calling, a purpose intricately woven into our design, waiting to be embraced and followed. So, keep going.

I love the quote from Sylvester Stallone: “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take and still keep moving forward.”

We all face adversity, but what’s important is that we get back up; for ourselves, and for the impact we can have on others. Even though I struggle with depression, I’m committed to living more UPBEAT and impacting millions of lives. If you listen to my podcast, you’ll learn that I bring an “in-the-trenches” perspective, as I’m still working on myself and figuring things out as I go.

Connect with me on my podcast, UPBEAT with Parker Kane, and on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, or TikTok. I appreciate the opportunity to meet new people, engage in meaningful conversations, and be a part of your journey.

Always remember you were created to create. Pursue your passions, share your journey, and uplift others. Life is challenging, but don't talk yourself out of making a true impact. I'm still growing, and we're in this together—arm in arm, let’s make the most of our time here.

Reach out anytime. I respond to every message and comment.

Much love,
Parker Kane

What is UPBEAT?
UPBEAT is a weekly motivational and personal development podcast for creators, entrepreneurs, and side-hustlers, hosted by beatboxer and speaker—Parker Kane.
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