Inspirational jazz vocalist’s album is a conduit for peace
By Raina L. Baker
Special to the Michigan Citizen
You may know her as a stage and film actress. You may know her from voiceovers. You may know her as a vocalist, service producer, performer, educator or teacher of the arts. But do you know Linda Boston as a musical peacemaker? If not, you soon will with her newly released CD, “Permission: The Power of Being.”
Boston says she remembers singing as a young child in the choir at her Lutheran church near her home in Chicago. She comes from a family of singers and performers and as the youngest, it wasn’t until high school in Covert, Mich. that her siblings recognized she was more than an after-dinner family performer.
Boston earned a degree in broadcasting from Eastern Michigan University and has since worked in radio, film, stage and advertising and continues to work in performing and fine arts as a voice to be reckoned with. But it is her latest project that truly represents her creativity and spiritual connection to art. “Permission” features 11 songs and a bonus of peace and power.
“Passion is the terrestrial part of the brain, something that has to be balanced with something else,” she told the Michigan Citizen. “It’s necessary and a part of reality in a world full of illusions. If we get lost in passion without balance, we lose our ability.”
The evolution of her music mirrors the evolution of her life. Embracing the idea that nothing is constant but change, the album opens with Boston’s rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A change is gonna come.”
“People had been asking me to do a CD for over 10 years but I knew that if I was going to do this, I was going to need to ask for permission. With that came more and more holistic and musical creativity and it’s still flowing. I’m asking permission from God, from the ancestors and from myself.”
The alto singer who can creep into soprano and even dance with tenor says she already has half of her second album done and bits of the third but “Permission” is her creative resurrection, rebirth, revelation. She says it took 10 years to get the album together. Ten, according to Boston, in supreme numerology represents harmony, divine order, unity in multiplicity and total peace.
“I see this being an international and world information to people to find peace, to know and discover themselves,” says Boston, who has already made sales in Puerto Rico and Japan. She says she wants her listeners to embrace the things needed for a balanced survival.
Boston says she studies the holistic components of life, which requires her to look at the pineal soul, celestial consciousness and terrestrial unconsciousness and that she embraces the Kemetic Tree of Life. Having dealt with physical calamity, familial unrest and having people love her despite misunderstanding her has helped her to find balance in a world full of chaos. Boston says she wants her album to help people overcome the five evil giants: fear, doubt, resentment, pride and ignorance. “Counter the evil and seek peace,” she says.
The industry of music, arts and entertainment can draw things that can be really distracting, which is why balance is so necessary, she told the Citizen. As an evolving artist, she says “it’s a growing process and the pain makes you stronger. Pull in and soak in that wisdom.”
Having been away from Corporate America since 1998, Boston believes a person’s gifts will make a way for them. “Go on and accept the emotion and the passion. Accept it as a part of life that makes things happen,” she says.
With a voice that could make angels fall from heaven and seraphim join her team of musical experts, Boston says she had a wonderful team of mostly local artists who helped her to develop the writing, the ideas and formula of the album.
“The music industry makes you pick a category that represents who you are as an artist. I registered the album as Gospel because it brings good news but if I had to I’d call it inspirational jazz. Some might even say spoken word,” she says.
The close of the album features a voice narrative that provides continuity to what the listener has heard and hopefully received.
“Randy Scott told me that at some point it has to be done and this is how I can include people and share my gift,” Boston said. She added that she’s glad she did things with a great team rather than going to a record label. “I appreciate it so much more.” Boston worked with award-winning jazz saxophonist and producer Randy Scott on the production of the album. He told the Michigan Citizen that “it was a pleasure working with Boston,” who has “amazing energy” and “knows what to do with her voice.”
If you’re looking for an album with range, heavy harmony, brilliant vocals and immaculate jazz instrumentals that all come together to create a blueprint for peace, harmony, balance, understanding, meditation and love, “Permission” is that album.
Boston encourages people to be transformed by the renewing and sustainment of the masterpieces of their own creativity and to have permission to simply be. After 10 years of hard work and development, permission has been granted.
“You have the right to allow your creativity and embrace your gifts. Resurrect them and help heal the land,” says Boston. “Address what you want to do and put yourself where you need to be.”
“Permission: The Power of Being” is expected for release in August with a September concert. It is now available on CD Universe, CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes and can be purchased at Street Quarter Music in Oak Park and Eric’s I’ve Been Framed, 16527 Livernois.
Visit www.lindaboston.com for more information