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Conversations with Linda Cosar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Cosar.

Hi Linda, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Well, I’ve been singing most of my life, since the age of ten. I’ve always loved music, and it began with gospel – my parents and brother were all ministers in the church. I suffered a few traumatic things as a child and as a young adult, also dealt with breast cancer 16 years ago. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, I went through a phase where I stopped singing. I was hurting, angry from a few life events leading up to that point. But, one day I felt that God was telling me that ‘if you don’t use it, I will take it away’ (my voice that is). Months prior to being diagnosed, I started singing again, but to myself – not out in public, then to anyone that asked me to sing and it seemed very heartfelt by the one that asked. I was even amazed. In 2007, I met members of a reggae band that was seeking a lead singer. I expressed an interest in the position and was invited to their rehearsal, and that was the beginning of this musical journey. I enjoy singing lyrics of peace and unity, spreading the love of Jah (God) through song. I feel it is part of the ministry within me.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Wow, that’s a good question. I would say ‘No’, it has not been smooth. It is a continuous struggle to gain respect of men in this industry. I have been looked down upon like I didn’t have the right to be creative or to express what I’m feeling inside as a passionate singer. The only female in a band, having to accept lower pay than everyone else and being treated as if my contribution to the band’s social growth and success didn’t exist or matter.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I own a music entertainment business called COZI N SHEZ RAUYAL LLC. I have a reggae band called Maganda, which means beautiful – known for bringing spiritually conscious reggae vibes to Kansas City. COZI N SHEZ RAUYAL is also a group of backup singers, we provide this service for any genre and to local and out of town bands. I’m most proud of the opportunity to touch the hearts of others through music.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Never give up on your dreams, never give in – it’s never too late!

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Bob Pennington – Rock & Mock Photos Scott Bickford – Bickford and Company

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