Linda Eder to Perform at Jackson College's Potter Center
Linda Eder appeared as the female lead on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde, and now has her own successful solo-career as a vocalist.
Her voice stands out from the rest. Born in Tuscon, Arizona, this singer-actress appeared as the female lead on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde, and now has her own successful solo-career as a vocalist. Linda Eder's diverse repertoire of Broadway, pop, country and jazz are what make her stand out from other artists in the industry.
Eder will take the stage at Jackson College's Potter Center on Friday, November 15th at 7:30PM. We had a chance to speak with her about the early stages of her career and the journey that led her to where she is today.
Jane Sugiyama: What led you to pursue a singing career?
Linda Eder: I was always singing in my childhood. In high school, I worked up the courage to audition for the choir, and it was from that experience that I really learned how to harness my fear of being shy. Ultimately, I would have to say that I got lucky. After partnering with a friend and forming a piano-singing duo, we started getting bookings. Then in 1987 I went on Star Search, which opened many different doors.
JS: When you were younger, did you have any role models that you looked up to that inspired your career as a vocalist?
LE: There are three different women that stand out in my mind. I loved classical music as a kid, so my first vocal influence was an opera singer named Eileen Farrell. Then in my teenage years, I was introduced to Barbra Streisand whom I also liked, which moved me away from classical music a bit. But, it was Judy Garland who really inspired me to sing after seeing her in "The Wizard of Oz." Watching her woke something up in me; she sang as if she wore her heart on her sleeve, which was really attractive to me. To see someone put their emotions out there for the world to see, was impressive and admirable.
JS: What kind of genre is your music?
LE: I grew up as a country girl, so I would say most of the music I write has a country-pop twang to it. Over the course of the years, I have developed my music to cover everything from Broadway to country.
JS: You were the lead actress in Jekyll & Hyde. Which do you prefer, Broadway or the solo-career you have now?
LE: Broadway is very time consuming. I tend to lean toward saying my solo-career is the favorite because I have the freedom to do whatever I want. After doing Jekyll & Hyde, I knew the work load and time commitment would be a lot to balance with also trying to pursue a career as a solo-vocalist. Ultimately, I gave up Broadway because I wanted to raise my son. I do miss the theater but I don't regret that decision.
JS: Do you have a favorite career moment?
LE: There is no way I could pin point it to one because there are so many. I would have to say the first big milestone in my career was doing a solo-performance at Carnegie Hall. Now, I have performed there four times. Out of all the things that I have done, that was definitely a highlight for me and by far, it stands out the most.
JS: What can audiences expect from your performance at the Potter Center?
LE: Usually, I like to perform my latest songs. But this time around, I decided to go back and take a walk down memory lane. I will be performing songs from when I very first started, as well as some more recent ones.
Get your tickets to the Linda Eder show at Jackson College's Potter Center on November 15th at 7:30 PM. For tickets, call the Potter Center ticket office at 517.796.8600 or go online to www.jccmi.edu/events . Tickets start at just $20.