Growing up in a household filled with music, her mother a singer and her father a guitarist, Lina already wrote her first songs as early as age eight. She found herself gravitating toward her mother’s record collection, endlessly spinning classics from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. “I think Billie Holiday was my first love” Lina says, thinking back to her childhood in Texas. “There was just something about her approach to a song and the blues that she brought to everything she touched”.
Studying music in high school, Lina was exposed to a wide variety of musics – classical, choral, opera – and began singing in talent shows, taking her first steps toward becoming a songwriter. After her high school years Lina started to travel frequently to the L.A. area where, under the guidance of her cousin and uncle, she began to work with various producers and songwriters. Lina would eventually move to Los Angeles, in full-time pursuit of her artistic dreams.
After cutting a series of demos in an effort to turn other artists on to her songs, Lina had her first success in 1998, when the popular R&B singer Tyrese recorded one of her songs for his self-titled debut.
Following her Atlantic Record deal, was the release of her first album “Stranger on Earth,” in 2001. The album sold 45,000 copies worldwide and received a strong critical response for its blend of R&B with swing and vocal jazz. The title track was a cover version of a Dinah Washington track and the album featured the singles “Playa No Mo”, “It’s Alright”, “I’m Not The Enemy”, and “Don’t Say Nothin’”. Her first single “Playa No Mo” became a minor hit, reaching #46 in UK, while the album reached #89 on the Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop album chart. Stranger on Earth was placed among the Top 10 R&B Albums of the Year by Billboard Magazine. It was named the #1 R&B Album of the Year by Tower Records’ “Pulse” magazine, and #1 album by cdnow.com. Nevertheless, Lina asked to be released from her contract and Atlantic granted her release; three months later she was signed to Hidden Beach.
In 2005 Lina returned with her sophomore album, “The Inner Beauty Movement”, released on Hidden Beach/Moodstar/Universal, producing such hits as “Smooth”, the steppers anthem and “Leaving You.” With rave reviews from UK’s The Sunday Times and Vibe Magazine, The Inner Beauty Movement showed Lina’s fans that she was committed to creating good music consistently.
Lina’s next album “Morning Star” was released in 2008 on Lina’s label, Moodstar Recordings and critics were raving about it! Personal anthems can be found in this work of art, including “Wake Up” and “Breakthrough.” Broken heart therapy is available in the track “Good Day” plus there are fun dance cuts like “Feel The Love.”
In September 2012, she released her fourth studio album The Love Chronicles of a Lady Songbird, officially after signing with Monarchy Records, a division of Spectra Records.
Over all Lina has landed many vocal features such as High Crimes, Guess Who, Pluto Nash plus This Christmas where she made a cameo performance singing “Santa Baby.” She has shared the stage with the likes of Herby Hancock, Chico Debarge, Brian McKnight, Kem, Stevie Wonder, India Arie, Bilal, Dwele, Angie Stone, Maze and Frankie Beverly, The Whispers, Joan Osbourne, Gang Starr’s Guru, Omarion, Mike Jones and Mario.
“With so much technology, there are a lot of producer-driven artists,” Lina says. “The result is that tracks have become the selling point versus the lyrics and vocal performance. And it’s become more about manufacturing mass-produced recordings. It can be challenging to be for true or organic artistry, but I’ve always put passion into my writing and I’m not afraid of where it lands. Yours truly… LINA.”
From Lina’s Official Bio and Wikipedia