Will someone please tell me what happened to her career. Such promise...and then...nothing.
She was the Barbra Streisand of the late 80s. For people who saw that "Jekyll & Hyde" musical ad liked it, that is.
So, about the same interest in this thread as the general public has for Linda Eder. Makes sense.
She was married to Frank Wildhorn for years and was so closely tied to his projects and music she couldn't make an impression on anyone who didn't know his work. They worked for years on "Jekyll & Hyde," finally getting it to Broadway where it floundered. She refused to do the national tour for the show to be home with her son and ultimately she and Wildhorn divorced. She's not interested in maintaining a career on Broadway and just enjoys her simple life recording and doing small concerts and raising her son.
I personally love her voice and find her work with Wildhorn her strongest. He wrote beautiful music for her and really knew how to showcase her voice. But I get that a lot of people don't like Wildhorn's work and if you don't like his music you won't be sold on Eder. Her non-Wildhorn produced albums aren't as compelling and he hasn't found another muse who can sell his songs so beautifully.
Check out Facebook and her website. She's been very successful touring, but not in the traditional way. Lindaeder.com lists her tour schedule.
Uh could it be that she is boring and brings nothing new to the songs she sings?
Hugely talented, no drama and an all around good person. Boring isn't bad, it's called stable by most people.
Her performance of "Man of La Mancha" on the Broadway Divas special is one of my favorite things ever. I had never heard of her before and was amazed.
I've seen her many, many times. Never boring. Even the same basic concert, she adds new elements. Always fun and entertaining.
She lost her pianist, Jeremy, in the divorce from Frank Wildhorn. He really helped her shine.
Pipes. No personality or interpretative powers.
Hausfrau looks. No fashion sense.
Wildhorn got the pianist in the divorce? I hope she at least got the books and the antique clock.
Darling, you keep the drugs, angel, you keep the books
Honey I'll take the grand, sugar you keep the spinet....
There are no big outlets for a woman of her talents anymore.
Rosie used to champion her like crazy on her talk show. Bravo let her do a couple of specials when it was a network dedicated to showing the best in the arts. Back in the day, a woman like her would have gotten much exposure with late night variety shows, but those are all gone.
Chenowith gets work because of her blonde bimbo esque looks. Eder mops the floor with her.
saw her in concert a few years ago and she was terrific. her voice is just slightly less than Celine's or La Streisand's but she has NO stage presence and NO style. The voice and talent are definitely there but she needs help!
Both she and Frank Wildhorn are gay.
No, they're not R17. Linda cheated on Frank with actor Michael Nouri. And Frank ends up putting his girlfriends into his productions. Both have lots of gay friends, however.
...btw, R9, my bf appears at the end of that clip. I never realized it, until he pointed it out to me. He's a big fan.
I've seen her in concert twice. Once in a Symphony Hall and once two weeks ago in a small venue in PTown.
She has a powerful voice, but both times what I heard was a decent voice overpowered by screeching. And every song ends on an extended high note that approaches a scream.
I know she's very popular. I'm not sure that she is any better than ten other singers that we've never heard of that haven't been lucky enough to be plucked from obscurity to sing on Broadway.
The last time i saw her almost every song sounded the same - high pitched - and I was ready to walk out.
I don't get it.
She doesn't sound like Streisand at all. She sounds like Betty Buckley. Her voice has an unpleasant metallic sound to it.
Jonathan Schwartz mocks her and puts her down. I don't listen to her myself, but I wouldn't be on my high horse and all ofended like Schwartz.
Michael Feinstein works with her a lot because she is professional, easy to work with and has a solid fan base
"She was the Barbra Streisand of the late 80s"
No, she was the Barbra Streisand imitator of the late 80s
I'm sure many of the aging homosexuals who frequent this board will be interested to know that Miss Eder will be releasing a new Christmas album in October -- with some of her own compositions(!). Available exclusively at finer Sears & Roebuck stores in LP, 8-track and reel-to-reel formats, this collection of holiday songs is sure to be a hit with your nursing home-d mothers, lifelong single uncles or with friends who miss the days of an Ed McMahon-hosted Star Search.
To imitate or evoke Streisand is no easy feat, but it is also not really accurate. Eder just has a clean rich powerful voice with an upper mid sized range. She has metallic intonations, but her voice is very clean.
Streisand had a very metallic nasal sound through most of the sixties in her attempts to oversing and reinvent the standards. Her "Stoney End" album showed her voice at its most beautiful at the end of the sixties. She would do mostly better with worse material from there on, the first Broadway Album excepted.
Eder has a more brazen voice and with a bit more power. People always think that Streisand had a belter power voice, but it is not exactly the case. Barbra has the most hummingbird tuned vibrato that spins notes off into to space in a surrealistic way that is hard to explain. No popular singer compares to her in that area. I am not even a fan. Her phrasing and musicality are quite bad most of the time, but she has a warm mezzo soprano voice. She often gave a thrill, but her voice is far from being the large range powerhouse that it is perceived as. She had lovely crescendos, too many modulations and very distinct diction. The tone of the voice is what we love or not in the end, and Streisand's tone is not duplicated by Eder.
Celine Dion is the only singer who threatens Barbra in that way. Dion is a true soprano with a wider range and just as spectacular high notes. Celine has the warm centre to her voice that Streisand possessed. They both have affectations that people love or hate. They both mostly sing dreck, but there is beauty in the realm of their voices that only a heathen could deny. Celine has a four octave range to Streisands two and a half. Whitney was three and a third. Garland only two. Make of it what you want.
Linda Eder is a Broadway singer who is too good for Broadway, and not individual enough to be a great pop singer. Chenoweth is in that same place. Her voice is not suited to pop songs, but she is underutilized in musical theatre. So she and Eder are concert performers in an age that does not celebrate them. Their fans do. There IS some metallic sound in Eder's timbre, but her prowess is impressive. In the end she doesn't move people with her singing beyond the sound of the notes.
Some things are intangible. I think Streisand makes some glorious sounds, but seldom connects with anything in a lyric. Eder is similar, but Streisand has a vocal gift that is beyond compare, and when she focuses, she is both moving and beautiful to listen too.
Of the three I have discussed, I think that Celine has the greatest voice, with the superior emotional fluency.
Any singer whose handlers try to brand as the "second coming of Streisand" is doomed to fail.
And then of course there's this:
"Fans will come up to me and say, 'Oh, you're better than Barbra Streisand,' " Eder says. "Polite Linda will look at them and say, 'Oh, thank you very much.' But inside, I'm thinking, 'You're an idiot. You don't know what you're talking about. She's the best there is at what she does.' "
From the passive aggressive Streisand insults, to the overblown assessment of the magnitude of her career,celebrity and "in demand" status, to the cunty characterization of her fans as "idiots"... this article is dripping with jealousy,bratty self-rationalizations and bitter resentments.
R20 nailed it. Nasal, slightly flat screeching. She only got cast because some people equate loudness with talent.
R26, you forgot to include "pompous ass" among your descriptors
Are you calling me a pompous ass r29?
Sometimes people on DL resent those who have more than opinion to offer.
The closest sounding voice to Streisand was always Jane Olivors'.
Jane sounded like a cello with a cold.
Arguably Jane had a more beautiful voice than Barbra, though not as dynamic. Leonard Cohen asked "What beauty can be discovered after Bardot?" The same cannot be asked of Streisand.
There are many great singers who never become stars. Linda Eder occupies the place she deserves. Loyal fans all over. Pretty voice.