PRESTONSBURG – A seven-year veteran of the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros, Clarke Sexton is bringing the groove to the stage Saturday night for Billie Jean Opry’s Kentucky Christmas.
Holding down the bass guitar, 17-year-old Clarke Sexton, says he loves performing on stage at the Mountain Arts Center with the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros.
“I love the actual shows, themselves,” says Clarke. “Playing live on stage in front of big crowds. The high intensity shows.”
Clarke, who is also a drummer and vocalist for the Junior Pros, says he began his musical career on the drums when he was very young. “I’ve been banging on the drums ever since I could hold myself up on the stool.”
He later made the move to bass because he was drawn to the complexity of the instrument. “Everyone thinks it’s easy, that it’s just one note at a time. But there is a lot more to it than that.”
Clarke is the son of Richard and Pam Sexton and brother to Allison and Jonathan Dye. He is a student at Johnson Central High School where he is also a member of the honor choir.
After graduation, Clarke says he is hoping to study music at Belmont University in Nashville. “I want to make a career out of music. I want to play professionally.”
Clarke currently appears in two other bands, Crossroads and As of Now, as well as performing at Allen Baptist Church. He says that the practice schedule keeps his plate full. “I practice every day. Wednesday through Sunday, I am playing somewhere.”
Clarke will join the rest of the Junior Pros on stage this Saturday for a performance of Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Christmas. Additional performance dates of the Christmas show are scheduled for Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21. Tickets are on sale now at the ticket office. Order them by phone at (606) 886-2623 locally or at (888) 622-2787. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.macarts.com.