Obadiah Parker is a wedding musician based in Mesa, Arizona, who has been entertaining crowds since 2005. Obadiah, who goes by Mat Weddle in his day-to-day life, gained recognition when his 2007 cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya went viral. He rose to the number one spot on iTunes’ singer-songwriter chart with this tune and stayed there for the rest of the year. This cover later went on to inspire The Blanks’ lauded performance of the same song on Scrubs. His impassioned vocals and emotive performances, as well as his musical adaptability, earned him fans.
Obadiah Parker’s versatility makes him suited to provide musical accompaniment to all stages of a wedding, from the ceremony to the reception. He can also act as part of a trio or quartet if a soloist isn’t as well suited to your wedding. With these additional musicians comes extra instruments, such as the cello and saxophone. This talented performer is able to learn new songs at the request of the couple and can put his own distinctive spin on them. If your wedding requires atmospheric background music, rather than a performance, Obadiah can provide a simple instrumental accompaniment. He can supply his own audio equipment if needed.
7 Reviews for Obadiah Parker
Recommended by 100% of couples
Nancy Snyder · Married on 10/18/2019
Best Live Music Band
My husband and I knew we wanted live music for our wedding, but also knew we wanted to steer clear of the typical "wedding band". As most brides, I had a specific wedding vision that dictated my choice of venue, flowers, photographer and decor, and an outdated rendition of "Footloose" blasting in the background just wasn't going to cut it.Sent on 10/27/2019
We came across Obadiah Parker on a wedding blog and immediately knew he was exactly what we wanted after listening to some of his covers on his website. He is a talented vocalist and musician, and puts a unique and fresh spin on cover songs that leaves you wanting more.
Before our wedding, we went and saw him play live at The Sanctuary and Kazimierz and knew we had made the right decision.
Obadiah Parker performed solo for our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour--including a special song he learned just for us. Hearing him play while I walked down the aisle with my father is something I will never forget. He then performed as a band with three other talented musicians during dinner followed by dancing for our reception.
Our guests were blown away by the music, and my husband and I felt lucky to be able to enjoy them once again on our special night.
Obadiah Parker was incredibly wonderful to work with and assisted us every step of the way, from music selection and playlists (we had the flexibility of including our own song choices during the band's breaks) to emceeing our event and equipment rentals (for officiant and toasts).
We would highly recommend Obadiah Parker for any event--my husband and I look forward to seeing him play live again soon.
Michelle · Married on 03/24/2018
Wonderful, Talented Musician
Obadiah was great to work with- he is also super talented and learned one of our favorite songs specifically for our wedding. We had multiple guests comment on how wonderful his music was to accompany our reception!Sent on 10/14/2019
Nichole · Married on 02/28/2018
Something for everybody
Anticipating the task of choosing entertainment for my reception dinner caused so much anxiety. My husband and I have completely different taste in music so I knew it would be difficult to agree on what we wanted. Then I stumbled upon Obadiah Parker. Obadiah was completely accommodating and played acoustic versions of several different genres of music. Soundgarden, Adele, Coldplay, Ray Charles, and even The Toadies... Obadiah did it all beautifully. The guests loved the mix of style almost as much as my husband and I did. It was the perfect representation of two people coming together as one.Sent on 10/08/2019
I highly recommend booking Obadiah Parker for your event. You will not be disappointed!