|The release of Linda Carvery’s fi rst CD was a thrill for the hundreds and hundreds of music fans that have been listening to her sing with the Nova Scotia Mass Choir for almost a decade. Linda’s jewel of a voice reaches deep inside the soul of every fan of rhythm and blues and gospel based music. Recently, in the span of seven days, Linda brought a full house to its feet at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto at the taping of a national CBC radio special for the choir, followed a short time later by her heart wrenching version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” at the African Nova Scotia Awards that stopped the show as another full house leapt screaming to its feet. This secret is out! Linda walked away with the Best New Artist award on that evening.
After many years away from her early days pf performing in R & B clubs in Nova Scotia, Linda slowly worked her way back to performing in the early nineties with the ECMA award winning gospel choir. After serving as president and leader for six years, she began to spread her wings as a solo artist in 1998. Since that time, Linda has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, on CBC’s Celtic Electric, at the Atlantic Jazz Festival, and was a featured performer on Juba’lee. Linda also appeared in Neptune theatre’s rousing production of The Gospel at Colonus.
About a year ago, visionary CBC radio producer John Dalton arranged for her to begin collaborating with local pianist and arranger Bill Stevenson, with an eye towards recording. The result is Yesterday/Today, a ten track CD featuring Linda’s take on some classic jazz, gospel and blues tunes. Featuring songs such as Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child”, Dionne Warwick’s pop gem “Walk On Bye” and an up-tem-po reworking of the jazz standard “Someone to Watch Over Me”, the CD presents each song as if it belonged to Ms. Carvery. The CD’s tour de force is her re-working of “A Change is Gonna Come”.
Wherever it is that Linda goes, she manages to bring her listeners with her. This new CD is the opportunity for many more to take that journey.
Linda is well known for her commitment to her family, her neighborhood and her people. It is no surprise that she is donating ten per cent of her sales to the Brunswick Street United Church Children’s Camp.