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"The First Lady of Song"

     Linda has sung professionally since she was 3 years old.  Her family group, "The Singing Coles" are a part of Illinois music history.  They began with religious songs, then added popular music to their programs.
     The Cole family made their mark in the U.S. music scene.  Linda branched out into rhythm and blues.  She was known in the famous Detroit MoTown appearing with such groups as The Spinners, Count Basie, and many others.

     Linda is acknowledged as having the "smoothest voice" in the business.  She is currently appearing in jazz spots, night clubs and restaurants throughout the Southeastern U.S.  She continues to mentor the young and choirs.

     Most important, Linda was there when the great songs were written.  She can talk about the authors first hand, and has the original scores, many written just for her.



Linda Cole isn’t a song stylist but an interpreter who brings a conversational intimacy to the most familiar standards. And she relates to her trio musician to musician, not singer to singer.

Evelyn McGee Stone, a jazz singer a generation older, said Cole reminds her of the late Carmen McRae and is the best singer she has heard since moving to Florida.

"She has the feel of what I grew up with, singing with the great artists in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s," McGee Stone said. "I just think she’s delightful. I know that she’s going to go far."

On stage, Cole is always keenly aware of what’s going on around her, rhythmically and harmonically. A self-confessed "frustrated bass player," she sometimes mimes a bass line with one hand while holding her microphone in the other. She likes to sidle up behind her bassist when he solos, soaking up the warm tones as they emanate from the back of the instrument.

Central Florida is  fortunate to have such a wonderful and talented performer!


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