Ms. Sparks captures the beauty of the harp in this tribute to the great song writing of Johnny Mercer. Based on the Broadway show "Dream", Ms Sparks performs some great jazz standards from the 40's to the 60's accompanied by The Dream Machine Band. The musical pairing of Phyllis' lyrical harp and finely tuned band opens musical doors. The group has a flair for bringing out the passion of a beautiful torch song. "I always wanted to be in Ricky Ricardo's band on "I Love Lucy". He always used a harp in the orchestra, you know", Phyllis says. The CD closes with a beautiful solo harp rendition of Moon River. This is truly a one of a kind recording.
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 events 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. Ms. Sparks and her jazz trio, The Dream Machine, have played Nashville's prestigious Swan Ball. She 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. "That had to be one of the most surreal gigs I've ever played. Being on stage at a world-known music festival in front of 90,000 screaming people was indescribable. Just the roar of the crowd made you feel like you could do anything".
From Dearborn, Michigan, Phylllis Taylor Sparks holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance from the University of Michigan Phyllis is a former member of the famous Mantovani Orchestra.
Other recordings by Ms Sparks are **NEW** 2009 A Special Celtic Harp Christmas**. Accents For Solo Harp, Harp Horizons, Heart Strings, Celtic Harp Sparks!, and Harp For Christmas.