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[Q]: First off, congratulations on your new album 'Now'. What's the story behind the album?
Linda Eder answers [A]: Frank was pitching different CD ideas to Sony and they jumped on the concept of an Eder/Wildhorn reunion. All he had to do was sell it to me... :)
He's been asking me for years to sing his music again. I needed to do my own thing for while but I knew that one day I would.
[Q]: Did you have an idea or concept for your new album?
[A]: The concept, or the "hook" is trunk songs. Meaning songs that he wrote for musicals that either didn't happen or have yet to happen. There are several of those on the CD as well as some that I asked for like the big band swing numbers. We also worked with some key lyricists over the years that also "get it" and because of that some really great stuff happens. This was a bringing back together of that whole team from writers to arrangers and musicians.
[Q]: After six years you have started working again with Frank Wildhorn. In what way has your cooperation changed because of the 'time-out'?
[A]: I'm more demanding... :) I'm not married to him anymore so I don't feel like I have to sing a song that I am on the fence about. Not every song he writes is a home run. He has a great batting average but I kept pushing for more.
[Q]: Which song on "Now" took the longest to complete? Why?
[A]: I think the song MORE THAN HEAVEN took the longest. I produced that song with my partner Billy Stein. He and I have known each other many years but we started working together again on a CD that I did called THE OTHER SIDE OF ME. It is very different from the music that a lot of my fans knew me for. MORE THAN HEAVEN is a pop track and I overdubbed my vocals many times to create a choir. There are a lot of layers to Billy's track and I was creating my vocal arrangement as I was recording the different parts so it took time. I had to live with it for a while.
[Q]: In what way do you mix the Broadway musical influences into a recording to let it elevate the spirit while capturing many moods?
[A]: I don't really think of myself as a Broadway performer because I only did one show. I was just singing for a living straight out of high school. I am basically a self taught musician and for someone so shy about singing in front of people as a kid, it's odd but I've never had a problem connecting emotionally to the music that I sing. If it's the right song for me, I just seem to know how to find it.
[Q]: What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour?
[A]: A lot of beautiful melodies and some kicking up tempo. I sing a fairly wide range of musical styles. I like that because I like many types of music. The new songs are great and we have just started performing several of them in the show. They are going over really well with the audiences because Frank writes music that plays live well. It's dramatic music for the most part. I also have a great, incredibly versitile band.
[Q]: Any tour-event, or fan-moment, you like to share with your fans?
[A]: Touring for me is all about the horrors of traveling balanced out by the joys of standing on that stage in front of a great audience.
No pain,no gain. I'm a homebody so until the day I build a concert venue in my back yard I have to deal with flight delays, bad weather and hotels.
[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as an artist?
[A]: To move someone emotionally with the music. It's quite a feeling.
[Q]: Since your debut in 1991, what would you say has changed the most in your music?
[A]: I'm more myself. In the last 7 years I pushed the envelope and I also wrote my own songs and I grew into myself finally.
[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?
[A]: Feed the dogs, feed the horses, get my son up and off to school. Clean the house, (I have three German Shepherds and an 11 year old son so cleaning is non-stop) then I like to sit and have my green tea and take care of internet stuff. Go to the gym with my boyfriend. Since September 2009 I have been remodeling my house. I do much of it myself. I love working with wood. That project has taken up most of my spare time. The weekly routing really revolves around my son, my animals and my house.
[Q]: Final words?
[A]: Just a really big thank you to all the loyal fans who have stuck by me through all my musical forays. I hope they really enjoy this new CD.