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Summer Gonzalez

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At the age of 15, after hearing his cousin’s rap group, Triple A perform, Dean Parker knew that he belonged on stage. Within two weeks, he had picked up a pen and pad and wrote his first song. Assuming the stage name, H.Y.R.U., Parker found his escape from the stressors of life by writing, allowing him to hone his skills as a lyricist. The birth of his daughter put Parker’s music aspirations on hold, as he took time away to enjoy being a father. During this time, Parker furthered his education by taking courses locally at Broward College. The subsequent births of his sons in 2004 and 2006 turned the aspiring artist into a family man, whose sole focus shifted to being a provider, though music remained ingrained in his soul.

After reading The Coldest Winter Ever, Parker’s desire to prove himself as a rapper was reignited. His alter-ego, Mid-Night, was born. Mid-Night steadily built a following in the South Florida area, by participating in Open Mic Nights and talent shows throughout the tri-county area, culminating with his song, “Hey Daddy” being featured on Power 96. Currently, the local artist can be seen performing at Area 7 Music and Ale (Oakland Park Boulevard and Powerline Road) on Wednesday nights, and periodically at Crazy8 on Las Olas.