Born in New Zealand, LINDA showed a keen sense of vocal ability from birth. Her influences in music started at home as she grew up listening to great singers like Connie Francis, Helen Shapiro, The Everley Brothers and Roy Orbison. Eventually she started music lessons, first on piano, then singing. It was at this time she won the North Shore Championships, her first competition, by taking out the title "Champion of Champions". Although an extremely promising student, Linda was not happy singing just classical music, so she had stopped singing.