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Between 1977-1981 Frankie Staton began honing her craft as an entertainer when she performed at the  High Point Market  (formerly the International Home Furnishings Market), the largest home furnishings trade show in the world, which consistently attracted 70,000-80,000 attendees from over 100 countries, giving Staton experience performing for a global audience during her first five years as a musician. This experience inspired Staton to relocate to Nashville, TN in 1981 to share her unique style of piano playing and storytelling with a larger music market where she would establish herself as one of the most celebrated house musicians at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center , one of the 30 largest hotels in the world. While performing regularly at The Brass Rail in Printer's Alley, Staton defied expectations as an African American woman who entertained Nashville audiences with a diverse range of music genres that included country music. Staton became a performer on