Tillery was born in 1948 to parents who migrated from Texas to San Francisco.
Tillery first came to prominence as the lead singer in San Francisco group The Loading Zone from 1968 to 1969. After that group split in 1970 she recorded her debut album for CBS Records, and worked as a studio musician through much of the 1970s, playing drums on albums by Santana, Mary Watkins, and Teresa Trull. She became a producer and staff artist at Olivia Records late in the decade, and released a second full-length on the label in 1978.
Her association with Olivia led her into the genre of women's music; she has collaborated with June Millington, Deirdre McCalla, Barbara Higbie, Holly Near, and Margie Adam, as well as with pop musicians like Kenny Loggins, Huey Lewis, and Bobby McFerrin.
In the 1990s, she began exploring African music, forming the group Cultural Heritage Choir. She also plays with her own band Skin Tight, a jazz/blues outfit.
Linda Tillery and the Freedom Band
- Celebrate the King (Round Whirled Records, 2012)
- Sweet Linda Divine (CBS Records, 1970)
- Linda Tillery (Olivia Records, 1978)
- Secrets (411/Redwood Records, 1985)
- Shake It to the One That You Love the Best (Music for Little People, 1989)
The Loading Zone
- The Loading Zone (RCA Records, 1968)
- One for All (Umbrella Records, 1970)
The Cultural Heritage Choir
- Good Time a Good Time (1995)
- Front Porch Music (1997)
- Say Yo' Business (2001)
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