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12/ 2016 Press Democrat article text
Sonoma County singer-songwriter Linda Stonestreet makes Amazon Music’s indie music playlist of Christmas tunes
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 16, 2016
Singer-songwriter Linda Stonestreet began composing music while she was in junior high school. It became her passion, but she left home at age 16, dropped out of high school and life took her in directions that for decades relegated that love of music to a part-time, after-work gig.
“Life just takes you where it takes you,” said Stonestreet, who also plays acoustic and electric guitar. “I tried to be an artist as best I could but I was really afraid to be broke.”
Now 52 and retired since February, she’s busily making up for lost time, writing and performing locally and abroad, delving into acting and movie soundtracks and producing her third album.
“I’m fully dedicated to music now,” Stonestreet said.
Her newfound focus comes in time to take full advantage of what could be her big break. One of her songs, “Christmas Time,” is among 29 released late last month by Amazon Music on its original “Acoustic Christmas” song list.
“This is exposure she would not have been able to garner herself,” said Kristen Madsen, of Creative Sonoma, a county agency that promotes and nurtures local artists and was instrumental in convincing Amazon to this year include a Sonoma County musician on its holiday playlist of songs by independent artists.
The exposure also is beneficial to the Sonoma County art scene, which, despite a plethora of talent, is not yet as widely recognized as it deserves, she said.
Stonestreet was at a Creative Sonoma spring music event and industry conference when an Amazon representative made a pitch for Christmas songs. It turned out she already had one written, recorded and ready to go. It’s from her first, 2001 album, “Rose Colored Glasses.” The 15-song album was dedicated to her mother, who died in 1999.
The Sebastopol artist is excited her song was chosen for the playlist.
“I think it opens up networks just by virtue of the global exposure,” Stonestreet said.
Stonestreet is hoping to reach more people with her messages about nature and spirituality.
“For me, the purpose is to open people’s hearts and grow consciousness,” she said.
The topics of some 100 songs she’s composed range from nature to peace. They include a tribute to Nelson Mandela and a song about the 9/11 attack on New York’s World Trade Center.
She delivers the songs in a voice that evokes KD Lang and Joan Baez. Marcus Barone, a Los Angeles motion picture music executive, has described her style as “soulful as Aretha and as expressive as Patsy Cline and KD Lang.”
Stonestreet is working with Barone to produce music for films. She is not at liberty to divulge the names of specific projects.
Stonestree’s voice is “big, strong, wonderful,” said musician and voice and musical improvisation teacher known as Rhiannon and with whom Stonestreet has studied.
Many of Stonestreet’s songs are based on the natural world, with which she is intimately familiar.
One of her first jobs was as a conservationist with the California Conservation Corp, during which time she led conservation groups to Australia and New Zealand. After some 13 years, she began working for California State Parks, overseeing maintenance and as a water plant supervisor. During that time, she was posted at numerous state parks, including ones at Angel Island, Lake Tahoe, Malakoff Diggins near Nevada City, Sugarloaf Ridge, Van Damme and Salton Sea.
“About every two years, opportunities would move you,” Stonestreet said.
Most recently, she worked for Cal Fire’s Mendocino Unit from 2013 to 2016 as a water plant supervisor. Over the years, she also designed water systems for a small mountain community in Peru and worked at a refugee camp in Nepal. From 2004 to 2008, she produced an annual women’s music festival in Mendocino County.
“I’ve had really amazing experiences throughout my life,” experiences that “made me a better songwriter,” Stonestreet said.
She continues to travel. She was an artist in residency in Sabine, Italy in 2014 and this year performed in Iceland and Montreal. Stonestreet recently has been delving into collaborative, improvisational singing and acting, as well as producing music for film as she explores her future options.
“She’s very focused, she’s very smart and I’m sure she’ll do good things,” Rhiannon said.
Stonestreet’s music and a link to the Amazon playlist is available at: www.lindastonestreet.com
You can reach Staff Writer Glenda Anderson at 707-462-6473 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @MendoReporter
On her soul-stirring Anthem "Red White and Blue," Linda Stonestreet is in fine storysinging form! She wraps her emotion-soaked voice around lyrics that urge us to let go of hatred and won't let your heart go.
"Red White and Blue
Let our colors ring through
From the sound of the music
That's carried us through..."
" Linda has a powerful voice that digs down deep into the human condition. Strength and depth are the calling cards she uses to move us to action."
.. Barbara Higbie
On writing for Film-
MOTION PICTURE EXECUTIVE in CHARGE of MUSIC MARCUS BARONE, in Los Angeles, loves to find hidden gems of talent. A major source of artists he uses in his films come from Northern California. "The writers are so special up there. They fly in their own wind creatively, answering to nobody, originating masterpieces that walk on water . One such artist that I work with is LINDA STONESTREET, who's voice and songwriting can project sensitivity in many aspects: In sort of "world / social speak" ; as soulful as Aretha, and as expressive as Patsy Cline and KD Lang. Film Music , whereas the drama on the screen, demands a songwriter to be, at many levels, lyrically, and poetically, aware of the actor's portrayal of feeling..or what the story / director is trying to achieve for the audience to feel. So you are writing a song, within parameters based on "Who am I affecting here". Linda Stonetreet can do all that..in her songwriting"
Bringer of the Light Reviews-
Linda Stonestreet’s latest release, Bringer of the Light, reveals the depth and breadth of her rich, rich voice as well as the wide range of musical styles she has on call for the expression of everything about Spirit. She gives us a little bit of folk, a little bit of country, even vocals that evoke a feeling of old time gospel (in her tribute to Nelson Mandela), chants, prayers – it is all there in a collection of songs that make up a wonderfully textural CD.
These lyrics are about Love – not ooey gooey romantic love ‘em and leave ‘em love, but capital “L” Loving Kindness: when you later hear yourself humming the music or singing those words, it’s enough to make you feel good about yourself and all of humanity. Stonestreet has stepped into the role of teacher and healer. Brava!!
Bringer of the Light is an important offering from Linda. You can feel the hope, the love, and ultimately the triumph of the human heart in each track. Blessed with a haunting and soulful voice Linda steps forward for us; leading and teaching in the highest form: by example!
Linda Stonestreet's new album "Bringer of the Light" is wonderful! I was blown away by the power of her voice and the lyrics she writes. This is a very heartfelt and deeply moving album. Linda's love of mother earth and her passion for spreading light around the world is so brilliantly woven into each track. Buy this album now! You will LOVE it!
There are a bunch of new favorites on my playlist from this album. Linda's earthy rhythms and vocals, uplifting lyrics, and a deep current of healing energies leave me feeling inspired and blessed. Bring it on, Bringer of the Light!
A 'Must Have' addition to any collection
Linda's album "Bringer of the Light" takes you to a peaceful place emanating from Mother Earth. Her amazing vocal range mixed with truly enlightened lyrics makes this a piece you will want to listen to over and over again. I am a long time fan, and have many other songs that are delightful, and soulful. But, watching her grow as an artist, in my opinion, this is her best work yet!
Love This Music!
Linda's strong, melodic voice draws me in. The lyrics take me to beautiful heights of love and grace. I found myself feeling grounded and peaceful as the music played in the background.
Beautiful voice, moving lyrics, great listen from this heartfelt musician.
Linda's voice feels like it emanates deep from the Earth and flows through every cell of my body as I listen to it.
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For those who have been patiently waiting since Rose Colored Glasses, Linda Stonestreet delivers to us, Bringer of the Light, a heartfelt album, with her rich, soulful voice strolling down life's journey deciding whether to marvel at mountains or stop for the roses. Her Tumbleweed Dancer remix is an extra special delight!
Pre album Reviews [Staci St Clair]
Dang… Linda Stonestreet is one of those rare, gifted individuals who has a very unique - not cookie cutter - type of voice. I love her tone and range and the control she has over her vocals. There are very few voices I hear that no matter what they sing (it could be happy birthday) will be so heartfelt and passionate that it will automatically make my eyes water. She is that person with a voice I love. Can't wait for the whole album!
Teresa Reynolds -
“What sticks in my mind about Linda Stonestreet is when she plays music she fully engages her audience and takes her time, is very centered and strong, with a great sense of irony and humor. Powerhouse voice! She is fully plugged into her power-source. ” — Joanne Rand