Lindsey Webster: The Unlikely #1 on the Charts

By: Ryan Nelson

If you are a fan of smooth jazz, you might know a thing or two about Lindsey Webster. The young vocalist has been making waves this year, as her single, "Fool Me Once" topped the Smooth Jazz Songs chart earlier this year, becoming only the second vocally-driven song to do.

Webster has been well-versed in music for most of her life. She grew up in Woodstock, NY and attended a school that focused very much on the arts, including music. Her first foray into music was playing the cello. After ten years of formidable cello-playing, she attended high school at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. It was there Webster found her voice, by literally, developing her singing voice.

Since 2009, Webster has been performing professionally with her husband and music partner, Keith Slattery. They and a slew of other musicians have performed over 600 shows together. Many of these shows have been around New York City and New York state.

Webster's years of effort paid off. Her second album, "You Change", released in 2015, contained the song "Fool Me Once" which topped the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart earlier this year, a spot it held for four weeks. This beats out the previous record for a vocally-driven song on that chart, Sade's "Soldier of Love", which held that position for three weeks in early 2010. Additionally, of all the songs to have topped the Smooth Jazz songs chart since its inception in 2005, only those two are vocally-driven.

Since receiving the honor of topping the Smooth Jazz Songs chart, Webster has spoken very humbly and graciously. She said, "The fact that I'm on a Billboard chart, let alone at No. 1...let alone in a mostly instrumental format, has been a huge turning point for me."

Webster also spoke of her appreciation for fellow chart-topper Sade. "Having the only other vocal No. 1 since queen Sade is an amazing thing, almost incomprehensible," Webster said.

Additionally, she expressed her appreciation for Slattery and the rest of her band for their work in helping bring "Fool Me Once" to the top of the charts.

"Without him and our band turning what was just an idea into a beautiful song, we would not have what is now a No. 1 hit on Billboard!" Webster said.

Despite her impressive achievement with "Fool Me Once", Webster has not shown any sign of slowing down. In fact, she has already released her third album, "Back to Your Heart", which was released by Shanachie Entertainment earlier this year. The album demonstrates the power of Webster's voice and the progress she continues to make.

Webster's achievements have shown that success in music is possible with work ethic and overall passion. It is very likely we will be hearing about her topping the charts again soon.