Linda Womack Biography

Linda Womack, also known as Zeriiya, is an American songwriter and singer who gained worldwide fame as part of the musical duo ‘Womack & Womack’. With her hit single ‘Teardrops’ from the album ‘Conscience’, Linda became a sensation in the 1980s, captivating audiences at clubs and radio stations. Growing up in a musical household, Linda’s passion for music was nurtured by her famous soul singer father and his collaborators. Despite facing challenges in her personal life, Linda found stability and artistic collaboration with her husband Cecil Womack. Together, they formed a lifelong partnership until Cecil’s passing. Embracing her African heritage, Linda changed her name to Zeriiya and relocated her family to South Africa. Today, Linda continues to create and release music with her children, carrying on her musical legacy from her African base.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Zeriiya Zekkariyas
  • Age: 70 Years, 70 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Cecil Womack (m. 1979–2013)
    • Father: Sam Cooke
    • Mother: Barbara Campbell
  • City: Chicago, Illinois
  • U.S. State: Illinois
  • African-American From Illinois
  • Black Singers
  • Rhythm & Blues Singers

Linda Womack’s Career

Linda Womack’s passion for music was deeply influenced by her father’s soul music. She had the opportunity to observe her father collaborating with the Womack brothers during their recording sessions, which introduced her to the finer nuances of making melodious music. It was during this time that Linda also met her future musical partner, Cecil Womack. At the age of 11, Linda is believed to have written her first song, “I Need A Woman”. She went on to write and arrange many other popular songs, including “It’s A Groove” in 1968 and “Woman’s Gotta Have It” in 1972, which was co-written by her future brother-in-law Bobby Womack.

After facing some challenges in the music industry, Linda married Cecil Womack and embarked on a highly successful musical journey as “Womack & Womack”. Linda wrote most of the songs on their first album, “Love Wars”, which was released in 1983 and inspired by their own life stories. One of their songs, “Baby I’m Scared Of You”, became a “Top 40 R&B single” in the same year. The duo continued their success with another hit album, “Conscience”, in 1988, which featured the smash hit single “Teardrops” written by Linda. Throughout the 1980s, Linda gained fame as a songwriter and worked on hits like “Love T.K.O.” and “Love Bankrupt”, with most of the songs revolving around complex themes of infidelity and heartache.

Linda’s career also included other popular albums such as “Radio M.U.S.I.C. Man” in 1986, which she completed after her father had started writing it. As part of Womack & Womack, Linda even performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1987. She worked on albums like “Starbright” and “Family Spirit” with Cecil and various collaborators. Their last album as “Womack & Womack” was titled “Transformation Into The House of Zekkariyas” and was released in 1993. After Cecil’s death, Linda continued to record and release songs with her children from their home in South Africa.

Controversies & Scandals

There were some controversies and scandals surrounding Linda Womack’s personal life. Cecil Womack reportedly had feelings for Linda when she was just eight years old but did not express them until her father’s death when she was 12. He proposed marriage to an underage Linda, but she turned down the proposal.

A few months after Linda’s father’s death, Cecil’s brother, Bobby Womack, married Linda’s widowed mother, Barbara. It is widely believed that Bobby had an affair with Linda while he was still married to her mother. When Linda’s mother discovered the affair, she threw Bobby out of the house and divorced him in 1970. Ironically, when Linda married Cecil many years later, Bobby Womack became her brother-in-law.

Family & Personal Life

Linda Womack, born as Linda Marie Cooke on April 25, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, was the daughter of legendary soul singer Sam Cooke and Barbara Campbell Cooke. She was married to Cecil Womack, the youngest of the five Womack brothers. After initially turning down Cecil’s marriage proposal, Linda eventually agreed and they got married in Las Vegas in 1979.

During a trip to Nigeria in the early 1990s, Linda and Cecil discovered their ancestral ties to the “Zekkariyas” tribe. Inspired by this newfound knowledge, they changed their names to “Zeriiya” and “Zekkariyas” respectively. They also changed their children’s names and relocated to South Africa.

Linda’s husband, Cecil Womack, passed away in early 2013.

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