A local man is lending his velvet voice to an iPhone app that brings him into bedrooms worldwide, waking women up with a story - and a smile.
"The (scripts) that they gave me were very sultry," said James Parker of Seattle. "(The app developer) was like, 'I want you to be very sexy in this thing,' and I was like, 'okay.'"
By day, Parker is an account executive for a high-profile Seattle organization. By night, he descends into the basement of his Mount Baker home, where he built a studio to provide voice-overs for everything from videogames to audio books.
"I enjoy coming down (into the studio) and doing this," Parker said. "I enjoy lending my voice to a character. It allows you to be someone over than yourself and that's the great thing about it."
Parker's latest project is the Hot Guy Alarm Clock, a free app for the iPhone where he plays characters such as "the clumsy guy" and "the cabin in the woods man." The app allows the user to set a traditional alarm and wake up to a very untraditional message.
"It started raining. Got all the firewood stored just in time," reads Parker's steamy "cabin in the woods" role, with the sound of birds chirping in the background. "It took longer than I expected with that bear showing up, but I wrestled it into submission."
"My first reaction was: this is going to be something pretty sultry and sexy," Parker said, smiling, about reading the script for app for the first time.
Parker, a Brooklyn native, was one of three men chosen in a worldwide search for people to play roles for the app (which include "alarms" such as the "pirate king" and "superhero boyfriend.") It follows a career for Parker that included roles in movies ("Bonfire of the Vanities"), television ("The Young and the Restless") and music videos (LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out."), along with DJ gigs on ESPN radio and Seattle's Star 101.5.
Parker hopes to one day work as a voiceover artist full-time. In the meantime, his latest gig gets his girlfriend's endorsement - even though it means, technically, he's sneaking into the bedrooms of other women (albeit, via iPhone).
"I think she gets a kick out of it," he said." I think she's proud of me."