In 1961 Frank James began singing professionally for $5.00 a night and being underage, all the soda he could drink. With over 50 years of entertainment experience, Frank James has become a well polished pro. His warmth and sincerity on and off stage has endeared him to many country music fans. He is a BMI songwriter, singer and Nashville recording artist. His musical skills include playing guitar, bass, drums and harmonica.
1965: Frank James continued his musical career playing in clubs and shows that featured future stars such as, Bobby G. Rice and Joe Sun. Frank became a featured singer on a weekly Sunday live radio broadcast on WMAD AM
1968: He moved to Nashville, landing jobs as a writer on TNN's "Fandango" game show starring Bill Anderson and WSM radio's “Waking Crew" show, hosted then by Charlie Chase. This made it possible for him to spend time backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, and the “Hee Haw” television set. There he met and worked with many stars of both shows such as Jean Shepard, Jack Greene, Jeannie Seely, Faron Young, Hank Snow, Red Sovine, David Houston, Hank Thompson, Ernie Ashworth and more! Through his Nashville connections, Frank became friends with the Merle Haggard organization and he traveled with them for a couple of years.
1989, 1990: Radio station Q106 FM held the first annual "Madison Country Music Awards" show. Area fans voted Frank James local "Country Artist of the Year".
1989, 1990, 1991: Frank James's nightclub "Country Corners" was voted "Country & Western Nightclub of the Year".
1994: Frank James was inducted into "Madison's Country Music Hall of Fame".
2001: Frank James was named a local legend in “Madison Magazine's” country music category.
2002: Frank James finished as a top ten finalist in the USA network's first "Nashville Star" competition in Orlando, Florida
2008: Opening act for Bobby G. Rice at the Iowa County Fairgrounds
2011: Of 2,200 auditions, Frank James was 1 of only 48 performers selected to appear on the first season of the new "Shotgun Red Variety Show" on the RFDTV network.
2013: Opening act for the talented Jean Shepard at the Midwest Country Theater
2015: Appearances on the "Shotgun Red Variety Show" on the RFDTV network
2015: Opening act for the talented Leona Williams at the Midwest Country Theater
2015: Frank James received a standing ovation for his original song "When The Cowboys Are Gone" at the Midwest Country Theater
2017: Fans held a celebration tribute in honor of Frank James 55 years of music entertainment for which he received an award
2012 - 2018: Frank James is currently making appearances on the "Midwest Country" show on the RFDTV network.
If I were to describe Frank James in one word, that word would be “Entertainer”.................
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