Linda Marie Smith was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She attributes her many musical influences to her mother who exposed her to opera, ballet and musical theater.
Smith has written songs for over 30 years and through her continued development as a singer/songwriter and performer, she has discovered that she is most passionate about presenting her work through a multimedia approach. Her vocal style centers around a folk rock sensibility. Smith's music is romantic, soulful, earthy and mystical; her lyrics and melodies weave colorful stories of intriguing people and curious places.
Smith's music is about feminine power, courage and resilience. At present, she is delighted to be working on her third music/multimedia concert,
"FRIDA KAHLO ~ A WOMAN WHO DARED."
This new work in progress explores the life and work of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. Smith's newest songs tell the story of Frida's early life, her relationship with her father, a horrific accident, her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera and her journey in becoming one of the most prodigious artists of the 20th century. Smith envisions this live performance piece similar to her other multimedia projects. She will be accompanied by a rich musical ensemble and stunning projected video images of Kahlo's paintings, photographs and more.
"Mearra~Selkie From The Sea" based upon a Celtic fairytale premiered nationally on PBS in 2016 and critically acclaimed "The Triumph of Artemisia," inspired by the life of revolutionary 17th century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi are Smith's first two conceptual projects.
While her primary focus is on presenting Mearra and Artemisia, she occasionally performs music from her first two projects, "Blame It On The Moon" and "Linda M. Smith" in listening room venues and summer festivals throughout the Midwest.
Smith teaches guitar at the world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. She loves to inspire and encourage her students to fearlessly express themselves through singing and playing guitar like no nobody's watching! Smith has been honored by the Billboard Songwriting Contest and is recognized by the Illinois Arts Council in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts.
She lives on the Northwest side of Chicago with her husband and band mate Robert and their beloved golden retriever Daisy. She enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, reading, and all kinds of movies. She dreams that someday she will live in a house overlooking a Caribbean ocean.