While still in high school, at age 17, Frankie started playing professionally at the Holiday Inn in High Point, North Carolina. This created the opportunity for Frankie to perform for the International Furniture Shows, which hosted over 100,000 people from all over the world. When she would perform original songs, people would encourage her to go to a major music center, where her songs could be heard.
In 1981 she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and in just a few months, was headlining at the Brass Rail 5-star restaurant in “Printer’s Alley”. On her breaks, she studied great entertainers like Boot’s Randolph, whose showroom was just across the street. At other times, she would go next door to see Dianne Sherrill perform, and there she would see Charlie Pride be introduced to a screaming crowd and to many standing ovations.
From the Brass Rail, she moved to the new Marriott Hotel, and performed there for three years. One evening she met Ralph Emery and asked about performing on his morning TV show. The next morning she was on the show and became a regular for the next ten years.
In 1985 she spent a summer in Aspen, Colorado, playing the Copper Kettle at the base of Aspen Mountain.
Back in Nashville, she started performing for Embassy Suites, and they asked her to perform as a regular at The Sailmaker, Nashville’s premiere piano bar in Belle Meade. So she left the Marriott and performed at The Sailmaker until it closed 3 years later. Then she was hired by the 4-star Merchants Restaurant and performed there for 2 years. From there to the Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown, where she performed her music for many of Tennessee’s leaders from the State House for 2 years. And from there she went to the 106 Club in the heart of Belle Meade.
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