Linton says she feels lucky to have been given the resources to create and perform music that she believes in. Recorded and co-produced by John Plymale at Overdub Lane, the six original tracks on her 2005 debut album, The Secret, demonstrate Linton’s skill at penning lyrics and music that stir both the heart and mind. The title song is based on an account from an Irish friend about a supernatural encounter. “Bargain Love” and “The Good Life” provide opposite views of the same phenomenon – how living a borrowed life only alienates us from ourselves and others. The jazzy “Quiet Love” testifies to the wisdom of finding our own answers rather than relying on popular culture.
Everyone has heard a song that reaches a certain place inside and helps them make sense of the world. Brenda Linton writes that kind of song. “There are a lot of secrets that people hold, both good and bad,” explains Linton. “If you dare to reveal your own secrets, then the listener finds it easier to identify with your song and with you as an artist.”