Linda Waterfall

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Linda Waterfall
Illinois, U.S.
Died (aged 69)
Washington, U.S.
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, bass
Years active1971–2019

Linda Waterfall was an American folk musician and singer-songwriter. She was active for 38 years, from 1977 to 2015, when she released her 14th album, Hometown Girl (Franklin Point Music).


Waterfall grew up in northern Illinois and began studying piano at the age of eight. Her parents (both musicians) discouraged her from a musical career.[1] She graduated from Stanford University in 1971 with a degree in visual art.[1]

Despite her parents' advice, she began a career in music. She moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1975 and toured nationally since 1983. [2] She taught composition and song-writing at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle from 2004 to 2012.

In the 1960s, she spent several years as a student of Baba Hari Dass and also studied Transcendental Meditation. She was a breast cancer survivor.[3] She died in Seattle after a long illness.[4]


  • Mary's Garden (1977, Windham Hill)
  • My Heart Sings (1979, Trout)
  • Bananaland (1981, Trout)
  • Everything Looks Different with Scott Nygaard (1983, Trout)
  • Body English (1987, Flying Fish)
  • A Little Bit at a Time (1991, Flying Fish)
  • Flying Time (1994, Trout)
  • In the Presence of the Light (1998, Trout/Liquid City)
  • That Art Thou: Songs from the Vedas (2002, Trout)
  • Place of Refuge (2006, Trout)
  • Songs From the Dao de Jing (2007, Trout)
  • Welcome to the Dark (2009)
  • Hometown Girl (2015, Franklin Point)

Other Appearances


  1. ^ a b "Linda Waterfall | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Bush, James (1999). Encyclopedia of Northwest Music: From Classical Recordings to Classic Rock Performances, Your Guide to the Best of the Region. Seattle, Wash: Sasquatch Books. pp. 269–271. ISBN 1-57061-141-6.
  3. ^ de Barros, Paul (May 3, 2002). "Waterfall glides from folk to spiritual in 'That Art Thou'". Seattle Times.
  4. ^ "Linda Waterfall Obituary". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 17, 2019.

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