Beloved Folk Singer Linda Thompson Finds New Voice on “Proxy Music” Album

Despite losing her singing voice to a neurological disorder, British folk singer Linda Thompson releases a new album, "Proxy Music," featuring guest artists bringing her songs to life in a whole new way.

Linda Thompson, the beloved figure in the British folk scene, may have lost her singing voice to spasmodic dysphonia, but she is not letting that stop her from making music. Her latest album, “Proxy Music,” features guest singers who bring her songs to life in a whole new way.

Thompson’s career in music began in the 1960s when she joined the folk-rock band Fairport Convention. She then went on to record several albums with her then-husband, Richard Thompson, before launching a successful solo career in the 1980s.

However, in the late 1990s, Thompson’s voice began to change. She was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological disorder that affects the muscles in the larynx and causes involuntary spasms, making it difficult to speak or sing. Thompson’s once powerful and emotive voice was reduced to a whisper.

Despite this setback, Thompson continued to write and record music, using her voice in a different way. She also became an advocate for raising awareness about spasmodic dysphonia and supporting others with the condition.

Thompson’s latest album, “Proxy Music,” is a testament to her resilience and creativity. The album features 11 of her songs, performed by a diverse group of guest singers, including Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, and Marry Waterson. Each artist brings their own unique interpretation to Thompson’s songs, giving them new life and meaning.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Thompson shared her thoughts on the album, saying, “It’s been a joy to hear these songs sung by such talented and diverse artists. It’s like hearing them for the first time again.”

Thompson’s lyrics have always been a highlight of her music, and “Proxy Music” is no exception. Her songs touch on themes of love, loss, and the human experience, with a raw and honest perspective that is both relatable and deeply personal.

Despite not being able to sing on the album herself, Thompson’s presence is still felt through her powerful songwriting. And while she may not be able to perform live, she is grateful for the opportunity to share her music with the world in a new way.

“Proxy Music” is a testament to Thompson’s enduring talent and her ability to adapt and overcome challenges. It is a reminder that even when faced with adversity, the power of music can still shine through.

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