Grammy Nominee, Linda Chorney
She was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Americana Album Of The Year” and was over the moon. That excitement lasted for about a day for folk artist Linda Chorney, until the music establishment got a hold of her.
A Connecticut doctor, Jonathan Schneider, who loves music, produced the nominated album. But Chorney was vilified because she wasn’t like everyone else in the biz; she was an independent without a label.
“First I start getting phone calls from publicists that want to represent me and then I start to learn a little bit about what the publicist’s role is,” Chorney said.
“A woman reached out to me, it was a publicist who was extremely enthusiastic about my nomination — I love your story, I want to work with you, I don’t want to charge you anything, this is fantastic — and we’re so excited about this, ’cause we don’t know what the hell we’re doing honestly, and then less than 30 hours later, she calls me up and says ‘you know you don’t belong in this category, you know that you just got really lucky and you’re just a joke.’ And I said ‘what’. And that was my first red flag.”
Chorney said she didn’t know what was going on. “The bottom line is, and this is my theory, is my nomination did not profit anybody except me.”
Chorney went to the 2012 Grammys, up against Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder, Emmy Lou Harris and Levon Helm. She didn’t win, Levon Helm did, but she has written a book about her roller coaster ride and about the music industry through her eyes.
You can hear all about that and hear her sing too by clicking on the video above. You can also go to her website LindaChorney.com.