No one has ever graced a stage, held a microphone, or taken a song and made it exclusively hers like Linda Ronstadt. As a singer, songwriter and political activist, Linda Ronstadt was a fearless trailblazer.
The musician’s remarkable life will be captured in an upcoming documentary.You can watch the brand new trailer for Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice below.
Rondstadt’s rise in fame began in the ‘60s, when she first earned attention as the lead singer of the Stone Poneys. From there she launched a hugely successful solo career, winning 10 Grammy Awards and eventually becoming the highest-paid woman in rock music. Her exploits are even more impressive given the male-dominated music industry of the era. She remains the only female artist to have five platinum albums in a row.
The film includes interviews with many of Ronstadt’s collaborators, friends and admirers, including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville and many more.
“Linda could literally sing anything,” Parton says in the opening moments of the trailer. She adds that Ronstadt could also be a “pain in the ass sometimes” due to her perfectionist ways. “There will never be another voice like Linda’s,” an emotional Harris remarks. The three women joined forces for the acclaimed Trio country music album in 1987.
In addition to chronicling Ronstadt’s storied career -- including her daring changes in genre -- the documentary delves into the singer’s activism toward same-sex marriage and the rights of undocumented immigrants.
Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012, a condition that left her unable to sing. The music icon appears in the documentary, giving thoughts and reflections on her life.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, with Sherryl Crow delivering a special performance following its screening. The documentary hits theaters in September.