Since then, our own Liz and Dick have become arguably two of the most recognizable performers in the local music scene. Linda’s flame-red hair, custom designed Joan Ross wardrobe, her Texas-sized collection of jewelry, and stalwart piano man have become iconic in Dallas. It hasn’t always been that way, of course. We talk about the early days when a shy classically trained gospel singer first took the stage, in the 1980s, at an Oak Lawn nightclub.
Music is so many things. It’s light. It’s sound. It’s color. It’s energy. It’s emotions.
— Linda Petty
Pour a cup of coffee (or maybe, a Dr Pepper) and listen to our conversation.
Linda’s stage persona may be finely crafted and familiar. But what you don’t know will probably surprise you. She tells me the story of the time bandleader, Les Brown, invited her to move to California and front his band — an invitation she declined but artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole didn’t. She’s an ordained minister, holds degrees in psychology, and is a certified clinical hypnotherapist. The Pettys could teach MBA classes in the business of show business. But she will tell you, first, her voice is a gift from God to “bless and heal everyone it touches” and that is why she sings.
I believe people will do good, if you give them the opportunity to do good.
— Linda Petty
We talk more. Pour another cup and keep listening.