In 2011 a British industrialist and his wife saw Frankie at the Opryland Hotel and invited her to come to the UK in 2012 to play for their daughter’s wedding. Earlier Frankie had learned through a DJ in Manchester, England, that 2 of her songs recorded in 1976 were being played by DJs in the UK, in the clubs and on the radio. They classify these songs as in the genre “Northern Soul”. So while in England she did interviews for a local Devon radio station and for the local newspaper. A club was booked in South Molten, Devon, England for a performance. And DJs she had never met, plus many local residents, showed up to fill the club to the walls. For Frankie, a defining moment was receiving numerous standing ovations that night as she sat at the grand piano and sang her songs.
In 2014 she received back-to-back standing ovations at the Kauai Music Festival, singing her original songs for West Coast music supervisors for television and film.
Of everything she has ever done, the musical moment most “sealed in her memory” was in 1987, making it on the stage of the Apollo Theater, in Harlem, New York, singing her original music.
Frankie is the proud mother of 2 children, a daughter she had very young who felt more like a sister, and a boy much later who felt more like a grandson. Her daughter has given her 3 wonderful grandchildren and a son-in-law who is a very good father. As Frankie’s son finishes college and starts with his life, Frankie eagerly returns to her music and looks forward to all the people she’s going to meet all over the world.
As a single mom, Frankie was concerned when her 7 year-old son was afraid to fly. So in 1997 she flew with him to Florida. While there they sailed on Premiere Cruise Line’s “Big Red Boat”. On the ship she won all the music contests and was approached by the Captain to work as an entertainer on-board. She told him “Someday …”.
All her audiences enjoy it when she shares her encyclopedic knowledge and tells the most interesting stories behind the songs we enjoy. And she had always dreamed of “someday” touring, telling these stories and singing her original material for people everywhere.
That someday is now here!