Parker Kane is an American beatboxer, musician, speaker, and podcast host. He is best known for his viral videos beatboxing with a McDonald’s cup, his cover videos on YouTube, and his podcast UPBEAT with Parker Kane.
Parker’s videos have reached millions of viewers worldwide. One of his videos was cleverly titled, “McDubstep" by the commenting viewers. This video is now over 1 billion views on Facebook. 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 articles on MTV, Huffington Post, and DailyMail.
Parker has delivered powerful speeches and performances across the country and for high-end people and organizations like: Shark Tank’s Daymond John, TEDx, and McDonald’s. He continues to bring his message and talents to universities, small businesses, and a great variety of individual events and organizations. More recently, he performed for Idaho RizeCon, Idaho State Journal, AmeriHealth, and delivered his 2nd TEDx presentation.
One of Parker’s favorite things to do is spend time with youth and encourage them to pursue their dreams, provide helpful tips and tricks for them to start taking action immediately and teach them how to cope with bullying and other negativity of all forms.
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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 totally 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 I could learn to beatbox 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 big and looked at life through a “big-picture” lens. Sometimes, it seemed 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. I made videos after school with my sister. When nothing was happening, I would network and book my own spots at local events. I had many jobs so I could fund what I wanted to do. I spent extra time learning, growing, and mastering all the things 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. 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 do it for the ones who hadn’t seen it. 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 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 we never would have discovered. 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. I particularly enjoy encouraging people to pursue what they love as well as proving 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 all this time and even 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’m so grateful for all that life, my family, and Heavenly Father has given me. I’m thankful for everything that I have, the apartment that I live in, the technology and resources I always have available to me, and especially the amazing people in my life 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 and engaging with me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, or Twitter as I love meeting new people and having meaningful conversations. I also love 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 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 life can be extremely challenging, but don’t ever convince yourself out of doing what you love 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 my 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 with Parker Kane
UPBEAT is a weekly motivational podcast hosted by beatboxer, musician, speaker, and social media enthusiast Parker Kane. Binge-listen to the stories of amazing people finding and pursuing what they love to do and learn strategies that are proven to work time and time again! (New episodes every Monday!)