Meet Linda Geleris
SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
An Evening with Women on the Move Trio
Performed October 15, 2011
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Linda began her music career by singing both lead vocals and background harmonies for all the biggest stars into a hairbrush in front of her bedroom mirror. From there, she trained as a classical pianist performing daily concerts to large, imaginary crowds in her living room. Her teen songwriting efforts and successes in high school and university talent competitions led her along what was to become a lifelong journey, expressing herself honestly and creatively in song.
Meanwhile, Linda earned a B.A. in English (with a minor in Spanish,) and subsequently, a teaching credential. She taught high school English and Spanish for a couple of years and then returned to academia to pursue a Masters Degree in Literature, which she completed in 1994.
The following year, Linda began to attend music seminars. At her first one, she was told that she "had something" but needed to learn more about the craft of songwriting; including the various parts of songs, and how they function. Of course, she did exactly that and some.
Figuring that she lived close enough to "Music CIty West" AKA Los Angeles, she sought out avenues for connecting with artists as well as music industry mentors. She flipped to the index in the back of a "Songwriters Market" book, and found listings for various meetings in her area. At her first meeting at the woman's club on North La Brea, (Los Angeles Songwriter Showcase, founded by John Braheny and Len Chandler) she found great enjoyment in hearing song critiques by music industry 'experts.' It was kind of like "American Idol" but with the song itself on center stage. Possibly due to her minute study of poetry and prose, the key to what makes a song 'hit home' with a listener endlessly fascinates Linda.
At this meeting, she met someone who wound up calling her a few months later to pursue one of her as-yet-unrecorded-songs for the opening of a film he was scoring. The film's producer and director sent her to a recording studio, and viola! The Columbia TriStar film "Implicated" had its opening song "Call Me Crazy" written and performed by Linda Geleris.
At her second music seminar, her song "One Drop of Your Love" was a top eight finalist in the songwriting competition, and she performed in front of an audience of music industry executives. The competitor who won the night, Nicole Nordeman, went on to achieve great success in the Nashville CCM arena.
In 1999, with the backing of "Taxi" co-founder Michael Lederer, Linda founded "SongNet" www.thesongnet.org, a free and friendly songwriting network, with monthly music industry guest speakers and monthly showcases. Songnet is alive and well under the capable management of Jimi Yamagishi and Thomas Honles among others. Meetings are at Bob Stane's "Coffee Gallery Backstage" in Altadena.
If I Only Had a Minute (2006)
Compilations: Schock Futures (2003)
Females on Fire (2005)
Currently Linda is working solo, as a duo with her daughter, as a trio with Joan Enguita and Trish Lester, and with a bluegrass band called "Two Frets Lower."