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Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Now, Eder will delight audiences with her latest holiday concert tour presenting music from her successful holiday albums.
Eder is no stranger to holiday music. After the success of her 1999 single of holiday classic “The Christmas Song,” Eder followed with the 2000 full-length holiday album, Christmas Stays the Same. Linda also recently crowned her two-decade recording career with her latest holiday album, Christmas Where You Are. This wonderful assortment of holiday music includes traditional delights like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel” to the Christmas classics “Mary Did You Know” and “Coventry Carol”. Additional treats include a duet with Linda and her son, Jake, and two originals songs written by Linda.
As the tragic character “Lucy” in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, from composer Frank Wildhorn, Eder blew the roof off of New York’s Plymouth Theatre each night as she belted out signature songs “Someone Like You” and “A New Life”. Her Broadway debut, for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination, sent her already rapidly rising star blazing across the sky, securing her spot as one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic live performers. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “What do we mean when we use the word perfection? The question arises every time I watch the pop singer Linda Eder…”
Linda’s most recent self-released album, Retrō is a compilation of songs and material that were written for shows or album projects that “never quite got off the ground.” The majority of the songs on the album are from Frank Wildhorn musicals, such as Cyrano de Bergerac, Havana, Scott & Zelda and Camille Claudel. Other songs included are from Jason Howland’s musical Quickstep. There are also two additional songs Wildhorn wrote with lyricists Maury Yeston (“There is Love”) and Jack Murphy (“Is This Where Our Story Ends?”). Guest artist Michael Lanning sings with Linda on the duet by Wildhorn and Jack Murphy “You Never Can Tell” from the musical Havana.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Eder began her career singing in her home state and eventually landed a gig at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City. But it was her appearances on the 1987 season of Star Search, where she won for an unprecedented 12 weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike.
Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America’s most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with 15 solo albums and 12 musical recordings. Those albums highlight Eder’s abundant vocal gifts as well as her skill for delivering dramatic, emotionally resonant interpretations of familiar songs while making them her own. She followed up with The Other Side of Me, a country pop blend of contemporary music – including a song written by Linda.
In Fall 2010, Linda released Soundtrack. Produced by Peter Collins, Soundtrack finds Eder going to the movies and adding new dimensions to an eclectic mix of themes from the silver screen. The 12 tracks span the last 50 years in cinema, from Henry Mancini’s “Charade,” the title tune of the 1963 movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, to “Falling Slowly,” the Best Original Song Academy Award winner from the movie Once.
In June 2010, Linda and Clay Aiken covered Roy Orbison’s “Crying” as a duet on Clay’s new album Tried & True. Shortly afterwards, Linda reunited with Broadway and pop composer Frank Wildhorn with a new album, Now. The release marked the musical return of this legendary team after six years. Eder’s transcendent voice is the perfect complement to Wildhorn’s lush, imaginative music. Now’s 12 dynamic new tracks elevate the spirit while capturing many moods.
She was featured on two PBS television specials: Clay Aiken’s Tried & True and Hallelujah Broadway. Yet, the concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds and venues across the country and throughout Europe. Her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS. Trail Mix, her primetime Animal Planet special, was a natural extension of her love of animals for this Minnesota native who remains a “farm girl” at heart.
Eder has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, The Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap and the Ravinia Festival. Always touring in good company, her collaborations include the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Tony-winner Michael Feinstein and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.