Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Linda, a Webster Groves native, has been a musician her entire life. Throughout her early years, she honed her entertainment skills in church, in “Up With People” and school choirs and beyond high school as a solo act and in bands. In addition to singing for weddings and in coffeehouses, she has written and performed her own music while also covering her favorite artists. In the 70s, she played venues in Tulsa, St. Louis and Kansas City, where she met and enjoyed Roberta’s musical style. In the 80s, when she began her family, she concentrated on studio work at MusicMasters in St. Louis and the occasional “gig” with friend Baker and other musicians. In the 90s, the project “Baker’s Songs for Children” (Baker and Linda) was born, all original songs with positive messages for children of all ages. And then came this opportunity to reunite with Roberta and Baker to play the music that we loved then and the new music that we love now. MUSYC is a joy.
Roberta is originally from the Kansas City area and performed with the bands “Amberwood,” (with Linda) “Arion” and “Touchstone” during the 70s and 80s. She moved to St. Louis in 1985 to complete her education and to pursue a nonmusical career. She has kept her hand in, however, singing for the occasional wedding or corporate gig, composing witty parody songs for friends and coworkers and performing the National Anthem for the Blues, Billikens, River City Rascals, River Otters and other local sports teams. ‘Berta also performs in independent- and assisted living residences as “TallBerta” (www.tallberta.com) ’Berta had been seeking the right environment to re-enter the musical field, and was absolutely thrilled to be reunited in a band with Linda. She has been a longtime fan of Baker’s other band, “Ticket To The Beatles.” The MUSYC project is the right music at the right time with the right blend of friends who just happen to be superb musicians.
Baker is a diversified professional musician who is also the founder and current member of “Ticket To The Beatles”. His performing roots began in the late 60s with his love of the music of James Taylor, Crosby, Stills and Nash and other folk-rock artists. Baker spent many years perfecting his James Taylor imitation, and his “channeling” of JT’s style is always a source of amazement and delight to MUSYC fans. This diverse entertainer has also written and recorded over 60 original children’s songs along with Linda Chicoineau. Baker says that forming the band MUSYC was like coming home and sitting on a big comfortable couch surrounded by friends. Baker loves playing music that warms people’s hearts. “We want people to relax and enjoy a nice long moment of serenity in song.”
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