LINDA JACKSON, Soprano
Linda Jackson is a diva whose vocal abilities span opera, classical, and commercial music. She can belt
out a sassy soul tune, bounce through some jazzy scat, then ease into an aria, wrapping the listener in the
warm folds of her voluptuous soprano voice.
Linda Jackson, award-winning vocalist, composer and arranger, has recorded numerous vocals for
television, film and radio. She began her music industry career as a singing waitress at the world-famous
Great American Food & Beverage Company in Santa Monica, California. Her contemporaries included
Rickie Lee Jones, Mark Tanner of the Mark Tanner Group, Jamie Sherriff, Katie Sagal, Danny Kallis,
David Chomsky and Matthew Wilder. As a session singer, Linda recorded and performed lead and
background vocals for David Foster, Rod Stewart, Lamont Dozier, Dr. John, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell,
Shadoe Stevens, Tierra, Nel Carter, the Grassroots, as well as composers John Williams, Charles
Bernstein, Lennie Niehaus and Carter Burwell.
Ms Jackson's television credits include Loni Anderson's Easy Street, Time Cops and Disney's PB & J
Otter among numerous others. Film credits include Play It to the Bone, Rosewood and Fatal Attraction.
You have heard her vocals on radio promotions for Wrigley's chewing gum products and various
advertising campaigns in the United States, Europe and Asia including California Egg Council (Clio
Award), Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Vero Moda Designs. Currently, Ms. Jackson composes music cues
for "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Tyra" and "Extra Extra." Ms Jackson also arranges vocals for
Diavolo Dance Troupe and received the award for "Best Musical Direction" from Dramalog (now Back
Stage West) for Odyssey Theater's Avenue X.
Most recently, she has performed leading roles Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Traviata (both by G.
Verdi), Mimi in La Boheme, and Tosca in Tosca (both by G. Puccini) with the award-winning Los Angeles
Metropolitan Opera which she co-founded with renowned Soprano Ella Lee. Linda’s other roles include
Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Palisades Symphony, Elisabetta in Verdi's Don Carlo
with the Verdi Opera Company, Frau Fluth in Nicolai's Merry Wives of Windsor for California State
University, Northridge and Florence Pike in UCLA's production of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring.
She was featured as guest soloist for the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, San Fernando Valley
Symphony, St. Gregory Chamber Orchestra, Southeast Symphony and the City of Bellflower Symphony
Ms. Jackson began her vocal studies with Dennis Parnell at Santa Monica College and coached with
William Vendice of Los Angeles Opera, Valery Ryvkin of Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Frank Fetta of Los
Angeles Opera and Sue Ann Pinner of Santa Monica College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in
vocal performance from UCLA and her Master of Music degree at California State University,
Northridge where she studied with the highly esteemed Dr. David Scott.
Currently Ms Jackson is on the faculty at Santa Monica College / Emeritus College where she teaches
Music Appreciation and Opera Appreciation.