Linda Eder


Born: February 3, 1961; Brainerd, MN  
Linda Eder was perhaps the most popular new interpreter of theatrical songs to emerge during the '90s. A disciple of Barbra Streisand early on, Eder gradually forged her own vocal style, and branched out from show tunes to include pop standards, light swing, and adult contemporary balladry in her repertoire. As a stage actress, Eder worked primarily with her husband, composer Frank Wildhorn, who often designed his material specifically for her Read more (and produced her recordings as well). It was Wildhorn's musical adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde that first catapulted Eder to stardom, and she continued to rely on his pen for a good portion of her recorded output. Eder first met Wildhorn after winning the TV talent competition Star Search 12 weeks in a row in 1988. Jekyll and Hyde premiered in Houston in 1990, and underwent several revisions over the next few years; it toured the country in 1994 and premiered on Broadway in 1997, by which time it had made Eder a star. Meanwhile, she launched her own solo recording career with a self-titled album in 1991, which was followed by And So Much More in 1994. Her breakout set was 1997's It's Time, which showed her coming into her own as a distinctive vocal stylist; it also featured selections from Jekyll and Hyde and two other Wildhorn works in progress, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Civil War. Eder's follow-up album, It's No Secret Anymore, appeared in 1999, and a year later she issued her first holiday album, Christmas Stays the Same. She returned in 2002 with Gold, a less traditional, more guitar-based set of contemporary pop. 2003's Broadway My Way was an album of show tune standards that backed away from the modern touches of its predecessor. Read less
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