Frankie Staton knew at a very young age that she wanted to share her music and sing songs for people, including songs she wrote herself. And she knew she wanted to make people happy. 40 years ago she recorded a couple songs that were released on a 45 RPM vinyl record. Today those songs, along with the 45, are collector items. 35 years ago she went to Nashville, and began playing piano and singing all over town. Six years later, on a dare, she sang her own songs at the Apollo theater in New York, and was extremely well received. Back in Nashville, when she found herself with 2 men in her life, she threw the one who complained about her music out the door, and kept the one who needed his diapers changed. Without the help of public welfare or food stamps, that young man is about to complete his college degree.
Throughout her time in Nashville Frankie has organized and worked hard to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of country music.
All along Frankie has been collecting the stories of all kinds of popular songs, their performers, and their songwriters. And she continues to entertain and astound those who get to hear her inside stories of how the songs came about – along with hearing the songs themselves.
After 30+ years of being the Nashville USA entertaining waitress and performer, she now plans to take her joy, her gratitude, and her songs on the road – to be shared with her overseas followers.
Stay tuned for her “I Put My Boy Through School, and Now I Get to Play” tour, beginning this year!