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Musically YoursPhoto by Glenn Roberson
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For Jayne and Randall Sprinkle and Diane Reed Cox, music has always been a part of life.
“It’s hard to imagine a day without it,” Randall Sprinkle admitted. That’s why these three get along so well and their string trio, Musically Yours sounds so sweet. Each player has his or her own story to contribute to the beginnings of this fun-loving, down-to-earth musical group.
Randall picked up a guitar at the age of twelve. “There was no turning back at that point,” Randall said. Randall picked up several different styles of playing from a few of his friends over the years. He played in cover bands that toured all over the United States and in Canada. “Eventually, I went to technical college so I could learn a career and continued to play music on the weekends,” Randall admitted. Then four years ago, Stephen Bennett introduced Randall to the harp guitar. “I was drawn to that sound,” Randall said. Two year later, Randall picked up his first harp guitar and has been playing it ever since.
Jayne Sprinkle started playing piano at the age of five. “At the time, we had a wooden toy piano. I would bang on it, singing at the top of my lungs. My parents decided that lessons might help direct that energy,” Jayne said. Jayne joined her middle school band in seventh grade and took up the drums. She went on to Appalachian State University for school and received a degree in Music Education. While pursuing her graduate degree, she met Randall. Randall was the Thursday night entertainment at the same restaurant that Jayne was hostess at during graduate school. Their musical history gave them an instant connection and a few years later, Jayne and Randall were married. On a visit to the Carolina Renaissance Festival, they came across a harp vendor. Randall asked Jayne if she wanted to start playing. “Sure, it looks fun,” Jayne said. She confided later that she had finally found the instrument that truly speaks to her.
Diane Cox was the daughter of a cellist and a church organist. “We had an entire room in our house dedicated to music with an organ, a piano, and a variety of other instruments,” Diane said. She took piano and cello lessons throughout her childhood and started playing piano for her church in high school. “I love all forms of music and enjoy inspiring others to love music. That’s why I spend my time either playing music or teaching others to play and enjoy music,” Diane said. She teaches part-time at Ludmila European Academy of the Arts in Cornelius, NC and leads the choir and plays at her church, North Cross Presbyterian in Huntersville, NC.
Musically Yours started with Randall and his harp guitar and Jayne with her harp. “We had been playing weddings and special events as a duo for about five years,” Randall said. Then last spring, they happened upon an ad on craigslist, Diane’s ad. The ad read, “Cellist, who wants to rock,” Diane laughed. “I was simply looking for some musicians to play with who aren’t crazy and think too highly of their talents,” she concluded. Jayne and Randall invited Diane to their home and hit it off immediately. “It seemed like our faces all lit up as soon as we started playing,” Diane recalled. “It was very refreshing to play with musicians like Jayne and Randall. Fortunately for me, they invited me into their group with open arms.”
Today, Musically Yours plays a wide variety of music including classical and original scores. “We are also very open to playing nontraditional wedding music, the combination of harp, cello, and harp guitar gives us the ability to arrange popular tunes in a tasteful manner,” Randall said. In fact, they just covered a few Jimmy Buffet songs at a wedding. “So far, we have been able to accommodate all requests,” Randall said.
For more on Musically Yours, go to their Youtube channel, musicallyyoursnc and join their Facebook group. To book them for your event, call Randall Sprinkle at (704) 560-6152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.