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photo courtesy of lori Zapata

Q. Your big break came after winning 12 straight weeks on
the 1987 "Star Search" season. What was that like?
A. It was incredible. It was something I had wanted to do, and
when they came to town and did the auditions, I was showing
a horse that morning at the fairground in Minnesota. I won,
changed into my performance dress and was fixing my melting
makeup. We got there with just enough time to run in and run
up on the stage. I didn't have time to get nervous, which I think
helped me. It's really tough to get up in front of an audience
and it's really tough to be judged.

Master Class
Linda Eder will work one-on-one with 10 vocalists
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at The Sharon. Gary
Powell, The Sharon's resident musical director,
will serve as the accompanist. Tickets are $50 for
students and $25 for up to 80 observers at The
Sharon's Box Office or at thesharon.com.

Q. How did "Star Search" help you find your next steps?
A. (The show) definitely was a contributor (to my success)
because it introduced me to a national audience, which was
so important. In that sense, it was huge for me. And because
of that show, I met (American composer) Frank Wildhorn and
got into doing Broadway.
Q. Your repertoire spans a wide variety of genres. Do you
have any favorites?
A. As a singer, you tend to go the Broadway route, but innately
as a person, I'm much more of a country girl. As a kid with
a guitar, that's what I naturally gravitated to for writing. I'm
very much a farm girl, outdoorsy girl, horse girl. I live on my
own little private horse farm about an hour north of New York
City in Westchester County with my 17-year-old son, Jake.
Q. Your latest album, Retro Volume 1, came out in 2015
with its Broadway-esque melodies. What's next?
A. I've done a lot of albums in my career. The challenge is
always, "What is the next one going to be?" There are many
different types of records that I'd like to make and have plans
for. There were so many great melodies Frank (Wildhorn)
made over the years, and I thought, "This stuff was really
good." I was surprised I found enough to put together at least
two volumes of 20 years of music. I might try to have that out
by Christmas.
Q. What else is on your horizon?
A. I want to keep the fans happy. I'm really happy where I am
and with what I've achieved. I sold out four shows at Carnegie
Hall, and that was always my goal growing up in Minnesota.
I've recorded albums in Miami and performed concerts
and plays in Florida. This career has been a lot of fun. I'm a
homebody and I have a beautiful place that I love. I have so
many interests that that's what important to me - horses,
gardening, restoring things, remodeling things, building
things. After I had my son, I really changed and (singing)
really wasn't as much my focus anymore. Life's been pretty
good to me.
- Compiled by Kathryn deen

live in concert
See Linda Eder live 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at The Sharon,
1051 Main St. Buy tickets for $25 to $75 at The
Sharon's Box Office or thesharon.com.
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