In the Lifetime Original Movie “A Country Christmas Story,” Grace uncovers the musical legacy of African-Americans in the world of country music including Linda Martell, the first African-American woman to appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Learn more about the country/blues singer and download her music on iTunes.
Born in South Carolina in 1941, Linda Martell began singing in church at age 5. Drawn to country music at a young age, in addition to blues, jazz and R&B, Martell caught her big break in 1969, when a stunning performance at the Charleston Air Force Base landed her a meeting with producer/label owner Shelby Singleton. He signed her to his Plantation label soon after. That same year, Martell made the Top 25 with "Color Him Father" and... Read more about Linda Martell on Biography.com.
"Bad Case of the Blues"
"The Wedding Cake"
"Then I'll Be Over You"