Apryll Walker is number 9 of 10 children, raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Everyone in the family
sang, played piano, and mastered at least one other instrument. It was her mother’s dream to have a
family band. They weren’t quite cohesive enough to make it happen, but Apryll still gained a deep love
of music. She sang in a barbershop chorus, many choirs over the years, played trumpet and baritone in
band, jazz piano for the Jazz Choir, and violin on her own.
She studied piano until she was 24 years old, under the tutelage of Dr. David Glen Hatch in Orem, Utah;
and Del Parkinson, Head of Boise State Music Department. At 17, she began teaching piano, and
eventually built up her clientele to 30 plus students over 8 years. After 4 children, she decided to scale
back and just teach her own children, homeschooling them and raising them in what she called a ‘Fine
Arts School’. Much time was spent on singing, practicing piano, violin, and eventually beginning to
perform at farmers markets, nursing homes, and local festivals in their home state of Alaska. At the
same time, she formed a young women’s quartet and a young men’s quintet, hand-selecting the best
from Palmer High School. The groups began to perform locally as well.
Apryll’s other love, piano, didn’t get put on the wayside, either. She accompanied her groups, her family
band, and played for community choirs, soloists, community theatre, and the annual Messiah
performance at Christmas time. She also spent some time substitute teaching for choirs.
In 2007, her family decided to sell everything they owned, including their brand new dream home they
built, for a bigger dream. They bought an RV and toured the country, studying the roots music of
America from people that have been passing the music down for generations. Much time was spent at
jam sessions in Virginia, the Carolinas, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee. In 2008 they were offered a
job performing at a theatre in Branson, Missouri. Then in 2010 the family moved to Tennessee to study
country music, writing and recording with the country’s best. Their fan base grew as they began
performing the US and Canada at fairs, festivals, and performing arts tours. At the height of their
touring, Redhead Express was doing about 250 shows a year. And they created many beautiful music
videos on YouTube.
Apryll’s roles were performer, band manager/stage manager, booking agent, and road manager. After
3000+ shows over 12 years, the band decided to retire in October 2019. Apryll is proud Grandma to 4
boys and 1 girl, and two more grand babies coming early next year!
Now that the Walkers have settled in Sandpoint for good (after touring from the area for 4 years), Apryll
is excited to establish some roots and share her love of music with the community. In her spare time,
she also enjoys sewing, creating healthy meals, reading, hiking, and traveling with her husband.