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Tyana Parr (also known as Ty Parr) is a musician, singer, songwriter, and actress who was a regular extra in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's first season. As an extra she received no on-screen credits for her appearances.
Mainly a singer, vocal coach, composer, and producer, she has performed as a background singer with musicians such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Reo Speedwagon, Patsy Meyer, Don Dokken, and Smokey Robinson. Since 1992 she is also a part of the band Jae Cie. Parr has played several feature parts as well as many lead vocals for dozens of commercials, and has a degree in arts and drama. Beside her music skills she has also done appearances as a model, hosted and produced a radio show, and also as an aerial and trapeze circus performer in 1974. Parr also contributes music for the daytime soap Passions (song "Merry, Merry, Merry") and received several awards for songwriting such as her third ASCAPlus award in 2005. In 1996 she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for the feature article "Why Are Our Churches Burning" in the USA Today.
As an actress she appeared in small background roles in the comedy Corky Romano (2001, with Jeanette Miller and Tim Sitarz), the short comedy P.E. (2002), the comic adaptation Spider-Man (2002, with Kirsten Dunst), the drama White Oleander (2002, with John Billingsley), the action comedy Hollywood Homicide (2003, with Bruce Greenwood, Tom Todoroff, James G. MacDonald, Clyde Kusatsu, and Gregg Daniel, and the comedy Eulogy (2004, with Famke Janssen, Mark Harelik, Rocco Sisto, Sherman Howard, Eric Pierpoint, Rene Auberjonois, and Claudette Nevins) and also in television series such as Diagnosis Murder.