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Linda Elder at Troy Music Hall February 7th. Stacey Morris Caught Up with Her

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Recording artist and Broadway star Linda Eder performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 7th at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,  30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. Tickets are $32 to $47. Call (518) 273-8945 for more information or visit www.troymusichall.org .

By Stacey Morris

TROY, N.Y. – A singing legend visits the Capital region on Saturday when recording sensation Linda Eder performs at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  Considered one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz.  She first gained attention as the tragic character “Lucy” in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde.  In this memorable role, Eder blew the roof off of the theatre each night - for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination and was discovered by legions of loyal fans.

Eder has recorded 14 solo albums which highlight her abundant vocal gifts as well as her skill for delivering dramatic, emotionally resonant interpretations of familiar songs while making them her own. 

She has performed for sold-out crowds across the country and around the world.  Her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS.  Her latest cd, Linda Live, was recorded in Saratoga Springs over the summer, and was just recently released to rave reviews.  “I’ve had 14 studio albums but never a live one, though I’ve talked about it quite a bit,” she said. “Joe Moss is an engineer I’ve worked with who lives in the Saratoga area. He suggested the Zankel; it’s a state-of-the-art venue that’s the perfect recording studio.”

Eder has long been heralded for her interpretations of pop standards and theatrical songs in a long list of recordings, including her most recent CD, “Christmas Where You Are.”  Her career took off after she appeared on “Star Search” (a 1980s version of “American Idol”) in 1988. She won the show’s competition for an unprecedented 12 consecutive weeks. The notoriety led to a leading role on Broadway as Lucy Harris in the original production of “Jekyll & Hyde,” for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Eder grew up in Minnesota and credits her unpretentious upbringing for keeping her grounded throughout a musical career that has included concert performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. Before shooting to fame on “Star Search,” Eder was singing at her family’s restaurant in Brainerd, Minn.  “My dad was the chef, and I was the dishwasher,” she recalled with a smile. “When it was slow, I’d go out and sing to customers. I just always loved to sing. And even as a kid, I knew my voice could do things that others’ could not.”

Eder is often compared with Barbra Streisand and admits the singer was an early influence. But so were Judy Garland and opera singer Eileen Farrell. She also credits two stars of morning television for helping her rise to national acclaim.  “I owe Rosie O’Donnell and Kathie Lee Gifford a big debt,” she recalled. “Both were in the audience at one of my Carnegie Hall shows and then raved about me on their shows the next morning. … That was invaluable to me.”

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