Billboard Magazine has called him “an immensely talented pianist, at home in a wide variety of musical settings.” The Atlanta Constitution exclaimed: “How one man can bring the rafters down in Symphony Hall, as if a full orchestra were playing, is a feat in itself. It’s consummate musicianship. Electrifying!” He’s been guest soloist with such symphonies and orchestras as the Boston Pops, Mantovani, St. Louis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, and Atlanta. Merv Griffin called him “Dynamite!” He’s shared the stage with the likes of Bill Cosby, Glen Campbell, Roberta Flack, and many others. Yet, in over twenty years as an entertainer, performing over 2000 concerts, Mac Frampton has remained committed to a fundamental belief: music is a powerful form of communication, often able to reach a listener on a deeper level than verbal expression.
“I can’t recall a time in my life when I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do,” says Mac. A look at his early years confirms that fact. Born the son of a Presbyterian minister, he had lots of chances to test the piano playing waters: entertaining for church suppers, subbing for Sunday services, improvising “Here Comes The Bride” for a home wedding, playing the Sunday School hymns on creaky old uprights. Quite an exciting life-style for a boy of eight!
Today, Mac Frampton carries his musical electricity to audiences around the world. But through it all the memories of childhood linger as some of his sweetest. “I remember my first combo: Two clarinets, trombone, and piano! I wrote the arrangements and we played at the church men’s supper. My little sister came on stage to sing the finale, and when we finished, the audience started throwing things at us. It made us nervous until we realized they were throwing money!” Years later, they’re still throwing money!