b. 1960, USA. Heckel started singing as a kid with her family members group, the Heckels, in Elkin, Western Virginia. In 1977, while still in her mid-teens, Heckel wedded Johnny Russell (b. 23 January 1940, Sunflower Region, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 July 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA), author of oft-recorded ‘Work Naturally’. The next year, she got a moderate graph achievement with ‘Bluer Than Blue’. Heckel and Russell became a favorite duo, touring thoroughly in america, with artists such as for example Loretta Lynn, and in addition making overseas trips. In 1979 and once again the following yr, Heckel made an appearance at Jamboree In The Hillsides, the four-day event of nation music kept at Morristown, Ohio. Furthermore to her performances with Russell, Heckel also sometimes sang within a duo with her sister, Susie Heckel. Another of Russell’s music, ‘Got No Cause Today For Goin’ House’, was created in the aftermath from the few’s divorce in the middle-80s. Heckel after that wedded Kenny Sexton with whom she’s continued to execute southern gospel music with a nation flavour. As well as their little girl, Jamalyn, they perform as the Sexton Trio.