Brenda Linton draws from folk, roots, and blues music to create songs that are haunting yet gutsy in laying bare life’s truths and mysteries. The wide range of Linton's vocal abilities and her effortless connection with the audience result in live performances that are both uplifting and deeply moving. Linton's a capella renditions of Appalachian and Celtic ballads are show-stoppers that leave listeners mesmerized by the purity of her voice and musical spirit.
In 2009, Linton began a collaboration with musicians and songwriters in North Carolina's Triangle area to record a new album of original songs and arrangements called Sparkle Plenty. The exquisite lyric and narrative writing reflected in Sparkle Plenty takes the listener on a journey of diverse moods and locales ranging from an 18th century rice plantation to a late-night bar where regret hangs in the air like smoke. Co-produced by Rick Lassiter, the album also showcases a traditional ballad from Newfoundland and a poignant song by Laura Silvestri about a young woman's search for the grandmother she never met. The first track, “No Reason at All,” has been made into a music video by independent film maker, Michael Babbitt.
“My records are really about people I know or have read about in newspapers or historical accounts,” Linton says. “All of us have thoughts and experiences that are very private and only surface indirectly. And it’s that mysterious territory that I love to explore.”
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|Review of "Sparkle Plenty"
“A back road ride straight to Heartbreak Hotel, SPARKLE PLENTY has more perspectives on the heart than an episode of 'House.' Very well produced, Linton covers a lot of ground stylistically, flying effortlessly from folk to blues and even classical. Does it sparkle? Plenty.”
Jeff Reid~ The Beat Magazine ~ November 2010
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Review of "The Secret"
a river, one comes to appreciate the sound of authentic, heart-felt
folk music. Brenda Linton's album, "The Secret", thoroughly
captures the grass-roots, independent sound that the music industry
so badly needs in the 21st century. Listening, one is transported,
by Linton's melodic voice, back to a time when the world was truer
to itself and music was judged by talent rather then fashion."
Dan Parsons ~ Washington
Daily News ~ January 2007
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