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Phyllis Taylor Sparks
Phyllis Sparks - Gold Venus Aria Concert Grand
When people are talking about music and they hear the words "Nashville, TN", they are most likely to think of it as the home of the Grand Ole Opry and country music.
They may think of the depth of an upright bass or the cry of a pedal steel guitar.
They might think of the haunting sound of a fiddle, or music laced stories punctuated by the high tenor of a mandolin.
Thoughts of an ornate gold harp, whose beauty is surpassed only by the music it produces, usually do not spring to mind.
But Phyllis Taylor Sparks
is doing her
part to change that.
As owner of a 23 KT Gold Venus Aria harp and the creator of the beautiful music emanating from its strings, Phyllis Taylor Sparks is a dynamic live performer, savvy composer, prolific recording artist, and in-demand session player.
Unlike some musicians, Ms. Sparks
is not limited to a single genre of music, and her
repertoire reflects that.
Equally at home playing light jazz, pop standards, Celtic hymns or one of her
original compositions with a flamenco flavor, Ms. Sparks
is broadening musical horizons.
Several years ago, Nashville made a big push to be known as Music City USA in order to reflect the wide divergence of styles being created and recorded.
Similarly, Ms. Sparks
reflects that diversity in her
says, "I specifically came to Music City in order to take advantage of the eclectic musical landscape that Nashville has to offer".
Having played other instruments first, she
approaches the harp as a lead instrument.
Ms. Sparks states, "Too often, audiences have the preconceived notion that the harp is a beautiful instrument to look at, but not very forceful in its own right When people think of the harp, they think in more visual terms instead of what it can do musically.
I'm attempting to break down those barriers".
Ms. Sparks‚ recordings are a reflection of her
"I Remember You" a tribute to Johnny Mercer features the works of one of the best composers of the 20th century, arranged and played by Ms. Sparks
and her band, the Dream Machine, in a new age/light jazz style.
The list of people whom Phyllis Taylor Sparks has played for reads like a virtual Who's Who, including the wedding of Natalie Cole, numerous parties for Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, and for H.R.H. Prince Edward on his recent trip to Nashville.
In addition to her work as a solo artist, Ms. Sparks has played with the Nashville Symphony on their Carnegie Hall Tour and on the Amy Grant 2001 Christmas Tour.
jazz trio, The Dream Machine, have played Nashville's prestigious Swan Ball.
has also accompanied Josh Groban, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lorrie Morgan and the legendary Ray Charles.
While playing with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Phyllis
accompanied Trey Anastasio, of the rock group Phish
, at the 2004 Bonnaroo Festival.
So the next time you hear someone mention Nashville, think of Phyllis Taylor Sparks
Or better yet, give her
You will be amazed at the range of styles she
plays and the depth of feeling she