Linda Eder’s glorious voice will ring out at The Music Center at Strathmore this Thursday night. I am a big fan of Linda’s and I am so thrilled to have had this chance to interview her.
Joel: Why do you enjoy performing at Strathmore and in other stages like Wolf Trap and The Kennedy Center in the DC area?
Linda: Every venue is different with it’s own unique acoustics and energy. If a place works sometimes it’s a mystery, magic. Strathmore is magic.
How would you describe Strathmore and DC area audiences?
My experience and viewpoint is from the stage. I look out at the audience and I feel what they send back to the stage. I’ve had wonderful experiences in the DC area.
What are you singing at your concert at Strathmore on October 6th?
My concert is a mix of my many different albums and has several from my newest CD Now.
Is there a theme running through your program, and why did you select these songs for this program?
I don’t usually pick themes for my concerts. That is more like cabaret. I usually base them on my newest CD.
How many musicians will be accompanying you and who will be your Musical Director?
I have a five piece band and my musical director is Billy Stein
How would you describe your voice?
I never have. I don’t hear it the way other people do. I only hear what I am trying to sound like and never fully reach.
How has it changed over the years?
It has probably gotten a little richer over the years and a little deeper.
Who are your two all-time favorite singers, and why?
Celine Dion and Pink. Celine has an amazingly powerful, beautiful clear belt and Pink has a natural rasp that is perfect for the type of music she sings.
What is the most difficult song you have ever sung and why?
Don’t Rain on My Parade. Because there is no time to swallow. You have a choice breathing or swallowing between phrases but not both.
When did you first discover that you had this amazing voice and when did you first decide that you wanted to pursue a career in music and theatre?
I could tell as a kid that my voice could do things. I think I always secretly wanted to sing and act but never thought I would have the courage to go for it until my high school choir teacher encouraged me.
What was your first memory of singing on the stage?
High school choir solo when I was a junior. Thought it was the big time.
Is your son Jake showing interest in the arts? Has he inherited some of your vocal genes?
Yes, he is incredibly musical and takes piano lessons. His first lesson he played what he had written for the teacher.
We are seeing young girls with voices of mature opera singers popping up in concert halls and all over PBS. Care to comment on this phenomenon?
When I was 10 my favorite singer was Eileen Farrell. I mimicked her voice and that is what these kids are doing. If they have the vocal chops they call pull if off.
If you had this kind of opportunity when you were 13 or 14, do you think you would have seized the opportunity?
At that age I was too shy to let people know that I could sing.
What’s the state of the Broadway musical?
That’s a loaded question. I have no idea. It’ not my world. I was a one time visitor.
And has anyone brought you a project to that would make you want to come back and do 8 performances a week?
I have been tempted but never enough to give up being home as much as possible for my son. Starring in a Broadway show consumes your life.
Is/are there any role(s) in a musical now on Broadway that you would love to perform?
Not really. I don’t see much theater these days. I’m also a very tough critic. It’s not easy to blow me away. I always seem to find something I would change.
And any role (s) that are not on Broadway now – that you would love to play, and why?
It would probably have to be something written for me.
How did winning on Star Search help your career?
It gave me a national fan base that has led to a solid live concert career.
What advice would you give a young student who is considering a career in singing and/or theatre?
To be careful of who you trust to represent you and to try to be yourself as much as possible – because it is the only thing that will make you unique. Sometime unique is better than “perfect.”
Linda Eder’s website.