Linda Eder will return to Hattiesburg this month as she performs for the second time during FestivalSouth, which runs June 8-22. This year Eder returns as the FestivalFinale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Saenger Theater.
Eder made her FestivalSouth debut during the summer of 2015. When asked about performing in Hattiesburg at that time, Eder said she hoped it wouldn’t be her last. Lucky for Pine Belt residents, it won’t be.
Eder’s performance, which is presented by Forrest General, has her joining the FestivalOrchestra in what is being billed as a triumphant evening of song.
Eder is showcased as one of the greatest voices of our time, with a diverse repertoire which spans Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country and Jazz.
During “live” performances her ability to move back and forth from one genre to the next is described as amazing.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Eder began her career right out of high school singing all around her home state, and she eventually landed a gig at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
But it was her appearance on the 1987 season of “Star Search,” during which she won for an unprecedented 12 straight 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, standard and theatrical genres. She released two more solo albums before starring in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde.
As the tragic character “Lucy” in this new musical, Eder blew the roof off New York City’s Plymouth Theatre eight times a week as she belted out her signature songs. 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 a spot as one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic live performers.
After leaving Broadway, Eder’s recording career continued full steam ahead, with her discography to date being comprised of 18 solo recordings and numerous musical recordings. She focused on mostly Broadway, Standard and Pop music for many years, which highlighted her abundant vocal gifts as well as her skill for delivering dramatic, emotionally resonant interpretations of mostly familiar songs, making them her own.
She also recorded a Christmas album followed by a country pop blend of contemporary music, which included a song written by Eder herself.
In 2013, Eder established her own record company, Tressamail, Inc., and in that same year she released her first recording on that newly-established label, the highly-acclaimed Christmas Where You Are. This CD features 12 tracks – six selected by her fans via social media and two originals from Eder herself. It also featured a unique twist on the classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which Linda rewrote and recorded with her teenage son, Jake.
Eder has released two additional recordings on her own record label. In 2014, she released her first ever live CD, LindaAlive. In November 2015, she released Retro Volume 1, filled with the kind of lush, sweeping Broadway-esque melodies that first introduced Eder’s voice to her many fans.
In 2018, Linda recorded her 17th solo album, a Broadway/Standards CD entitled If You See Me, with music for the title track written by her son, Jake Wildhorn, and lyrics written by Eder herself. She has also put out her first behind-the-scenes DVD entitled The Other Side.
The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds in venues across the country and throughout Europe. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, The Palace Theatre, Radio City Music Hall
and New York City’s Town Hall.