Tribute to the soulful stylings of Aretha Franklin |

Tribute to the soulful stylings of Aretha Franklin

Special to the DailyDenver singer and songwriter Linda Styles writes and performs jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel music.

SILVERTHORNE – It takes soul and passion to perform a concert featuring songs by Aretha Franklin. Linda Styles’ experienced and expressive voice couldn’t be more fitting for the task. She performs a one-time concert at 8 p.m. today at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

“Aretha’s material is exciting because she sings so passionately,” Styles said. Styles, who began singing professionally at age 14, moved to the Denver area in 1983 and has been performing locally ever since. Her Franklin tribute in Silverthorne is a unique occasion, and she believes it will be classic. She’ll perform songs that Franklin was most well known for, such as “Respect,” “Rock Steady,” “Baby, I love you” and “Ain’t No Way.” Throughout her lengthy career, Styles has made a number of noteworthy accomplishments. In 1999, she co-wrote and produced her first CD self-titled “Linda.” In 2000, she participated in a compilation CD titled, “Life Stories,” for which she co-wrote and performed six songs.

She is working on a new jazz and rhythm and blues CD to be released in a couple of months. She also sings locally and nationally as a solo artist, with various band configurations. Styles was instrumental in helping to create the first annual That Jazz Thing fundraising event in 2001 for The Denver Center for Crime Victims. She performed as the featured artist for this sold-out event and has continued to perform as the guest songstress in the past four annual jazz events, according to her website biography.

The Ron Slaughter/Silvia Penny Gospel Music Awards nominated her for Lead Female Vocalist of the Year, and in 2003 Styles received an award for Accomplishment in the Arts from the Colorado Black Women for Political Action. She fills her blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and gospel with a sultry sound and a mesmerizing vocal range. “I try to bring life and passion to everything I sing,” Styles said. “People see what you feel, and with every song there’s a different feel.”

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