Linda Chorney’s life has become a lot busier since she was nominated for a Grammy last year.
And while she didn’t win, her career has taken off in ways she couldn’t have imagined since her Cinderella-at-the-ball experience as a veteran musician who became a nominee without benefit of a major industry PR machine behind her.
Chorney, who lives in Sea Bright, just finished recording a music video with an Italian movie director.
She’s been recording at East West Studio in Los Angeles, where Frank Sinatra recorded “My Way.”
“It was the most beautiful studio I’ve ever seen,” says Chorney. “That was very exciting and we got a lot done.”
She also just got back from Nashville, where she was recording a new album titled, “When I Sing.”
And thanks to a random chat she had with a fellow New Englander who was trying to reach a real person on his cell phone instead of a corporate robot, she’ll be crossing off one of the major items on her bucket list: singing the national anthem for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on April 21.
To sweeten the experience, the Sox are playing the Yankees, her husband’s favorite team.
For Chorney, the event will be the “happy ending” she needed to finish writing a book about her journey to the Grammys.
But there’s one other thing on her agenda as well.
Chorney is joining a group of local women who have pledged to climb Mount Kilimanjaro together to raise money for charities they have chosen.
Chorney will dedicate her climb to raising money to end the practice of female circumcision in Africa, a practice in which the clitoris is surgically removed to prevent women from feeling sexual pleasure. “They call it circumcision but it’s mutilation,” Chorney says.
“They use the same knife on everybody and kids do die.” Chorney learned about efforts to discourage the practice from a Masai guide who took her to visit his village. She hopes to establish a trust fund that will persuade families to spare their daughters and ultimately fund their college educations.
She would be happy, says Chorney, “if I could save one or two girls. The quality of life for women is terrible. They are treated more poorly than the goats and the cows.”