you ever seen the sparkle in Linda's eyes when she spots a child
in the audience at one of her concerts? Or seen the way she beams
when she greets a young Eder-fan at the stage door? Linda's littlest
fans hold a special place in her heart, and she in theirs, as you
will see in this tribute to Linda from her youngest of fans.
I'm Nicholas Golden and I am one of Linda Eder's "little
fans." My Mommy and "Mimi" are fans too so
it must be a genetic thing. I met Linda for the first time
when I was seven weeks old. Linda was very brave to hold me.
I was very good and didn't spit up on her! That would have
been so embarrassing. Now I am almost four and I get to go
to more concerts.
When I am at my Mimi's house I ask her to play the Christmas
Stays the Same DVD. Then I bring out all my instruments and
set up my little band in front of the TV. I always want to
watch Clint and try to play my drums just like him. He is
My favorite songs are "One Bad Habit" and "Santa
Claus Is Coming To Town." Mimi says when I go to school
and they teach us to sing "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,"
that I will think it should be sung just like Linda does it.
Of course... she is the best!
Now that I am going to be a big brother, I guess I will have
to introduce the newest "Eder-fan" to Linda's music.
with Little Eder-fan Nicholas Golden at 7 weeks old (left)
and 3 years old.
poses with Fan Gerry Cardwell and her Granddaughters, young
Eder-fans Alexa and Abigail Zinser (right).
Eder is an amazing singer. She is very inspiring. I've been
to three of her concerts. I saw one with Teder Bear and the
other two with my mom and friends. When I saw her with Teder
Bear I was able to go backstage and meet her. She was very nice
to me. She signed my CD cover and allowed us to take pictures
with her. It is a memory that I will always remember. I think
that her music is for everyone kids, teens and adults.
A lot of people admire her. I do.
Whitehouse, Age 11
first heard Linda Eder because my mom was listening to her
constantly. I liked almost all the songs right away, but there
were two that I especially enjoyed "Man of La Mancha"
and "I Want More." My mom surprised me with concert
tickets and I went to see Linda at the Westbury Music Fair
with my mom, a group of her friends and a friend's daughter.
It was really exciting because we had front row seats and
were in charge of Teder Bear. The concert was absolutely fantastic!
I was able to meet Linda and have my picture taken with her.
Then I got to see her again when she came to my hometown,
Union, New Jersey. It was another great show and I got my
cousin to come. She's now a Linda Eder fan too!
Monaghan, Age 13
Eder-fans Kelly Monaghan (right) and Allison Whitehouse pose
for a picture with Linda and "Teder Bear."
Eder-fan Grace DeNicola is 5 years old and already loves the
Voice, Linda Eder! She was thrilled to answer questions from
her Mommy, Diane, about Linda and her music and to draw a portrait
Eder-fan Grace DeNicola with her baby sister Natalie.
MOMMY: Did you like seeing Linda Eder in concert with
Mommy and Daddy last year?
GRACE: It felt really happy to see her. She was like
the real, real one not on a CD. The concert was great.
MOMMY: Do you want to see Linda Eder again?
GRACE: I would love to see Linda Eder again because she
is so beautiful.
MOMMY: Do you think Natalie [Grace's baby sister] would
like seeing Linda?
Well yea. I mean if I'm seeing her and you're seeing her and
Daddy's seeing her then of course Natalie would see her. She
likes her best.
What did you think when you met Linda Eder?
GRACE: She was the beautifulest girl in my whole life I
had ever met and I really liked her and I was happy to get her
autograph and Mom when are you going to get that off the fridge
and into my room? [the signed ticket stub is on the refrigerator]
I like Linda Eder because she's the greatest singer I love.
MOMMY: What is your favorite song?
GRACE: Um - "Vienna" - DUH!
MOMMY: How do you feel when you hear "Vienna?"
GRACE: I feel great... and that's all I want to say Mom.
Eder-fan Gabriella Greco writes...
Eder-fan Gabriella Greco meets Linda for the first time
I saw that you wanted stories and pictures of "Young
Eder-fans" for the summer edition of THE VOICE, I was
a little apprehensive about writing in and sharing my story.
After thinking it through, I decided to because I want you,
the fans, and most importantly Linda, to know how she has
literally changed my young life forever.
see, I was born 3 and 1/2 months premature weighing only 1
lb. 8oz. Due to my premature birth, I developed a mild case
of Cerebral Palsy, which has dominantly but very mildly affected
my left leg, hip and hand, as well as a little on the right.
Because of the CP, I had to wear leg braces until I was 12
years old, and I had to go through two painful surgeries to
help strengthen my legs. To help increase the chances of my
legs becoming stronger, I got involved in gymnastics. I even
went to gymnastics camp with my cast on. Even though I was
in for a long recovery process, I was determined to become
stronger. Nothing was going to stand in my way. Not even my
all good things have to come to an end. Reality hit me hard
the day I had to quit gymnastics. I was very depressed during
that time. I felt like I was going to fail at everything because
of my legs. Then one day while mom and I were reminiscing
about gymnastics and discussing other options, Mom suggested
that I take up singing lessons. I loved to sing and did it
for fun, but I overlooked Mom's suggestion because gymnastics
was my life.
that following summer, which was the summer of 2000, I attended
the concert that would change my young life forever. I would
be a witness to the most amazing singer of our time, my angel
in disguise, Broadway sensation Linda Eder. As I listened
to this unfamiliar and astonishing voice, I found myself sitting
in absolute amazement while tears ran down my face. This may
sound weird but as this amazing woman was singing, it was
like God was sending me a message through her letting me know
that everything was going to be ok. I know it sounds crazy,
but it's how I truly felt. It was a total out of body experience.
By the time the concert was over, I knew what I was meant
to do. I was meant to share my voice. As soon as I got home,
I took up singing lessons. As I became more and more involved
in singing, sadly I began to forget the reason why I was doing
this and more importantly the person who had inspired me to
Eder-fan Gabriella Greco with Linda after the Palace
Christmas shows in New York City in 2004.
one night after one of my recitals, I would be put back on
track and brought back to the person who inspired me. I went
home and put in the VHS that my teacher gave me. She said
it was a Christmas concert of this singer that she thought
that I would really enjoy. As I sat there and watched, I was
like "where have I seen her before?" It didn't register
until the end of the show that "Linda Eder" was
the woman whom I had seen two years before in concert, the
woman who had inspired me to sing. From that moment, I promised
myself I never would get off track again.
years later I had the opportunity to meet Linda. It was a
meeting that neither Linda nor I will ever forget. Ever since
that first meeting, I cherish each time I have the opportunity
to talk to Linda. Each time is as special as the next. I enjoy
the long-distance friendship that has evolved. I enjoy being
able to talk to her so easily, and through her guidance, I
have found serenity in my life that helps me to live each
day to the fullest and to reach for all of my dreams.
I am 16 years old. I start and end my day with Linda and continue
to be inspired by "The Voice." Linda, Thank you!
Thank you! Thank you!
Eder: The Bonus Lady
Jo Blackhead aka FrissieCats
is known as "the Bonus Lady" to my students! This
came about because of two events: the 2002 Winter Olympics
special debut of "Gold" and I'm always looking for
new ways to motivate my students to take ownership of their
grades. When the song aired, the announcers failed to give
credit to Linda. The word went out to call local NBC stations
to ask who sang it. I could call the NBC affiliates in the
bordering states but I thought I'd offer it as an extra credit
opportunity for my "little darlings" on an upcoming
don't think we generated many calls BUT a silver lining came
to light: my "little darlings" were fascinated that
I had a favorite singer AND that I knew so much about her.
So we began a weekly Linda bonus question and my students
came to call her "the Bonus Lady."
even put my shyness aside and asked Linda to sign a photo
to my students and to add "The Bonus Lady" to her
signature. Linda complied but I think she was expecting the
men in white coats to come claim me! (Thanks for the idea,
few weeks into the new school year, I put the autographed
photo in a visible place but said nothing. It took a few classes
before someone noticed it. I heard a startled, "She knows
about us?" I assured them that I shared our bonus question
situation with Linda (I had posted it on the message board).
Like wildfire, word spread amongst the relatively small student
population and I had visits from many former "little
darlings" who wanted to see "the Bonus Lady's"
note to them. They were thrilled to say the least!
name is Katie Phelan and I am 13 years old. I have been going
to Linda Eder concerts for about as long as I can remember.
(A special note from Mom: Katie was 4 years old when she
first heard Linda sing. Katie loved the song "No One
Knows Who I Am" from JEKYLL & HYDE and kept asking
her mom, "Why doesn't she know who she is?!").
In the first grade, I had my first picture taken with her
at The Strand Theater in York, Pennsylvania. I was happy to
meet her, and I was very shy. I just stared at her in awe
when she talked to me. I was thinking, "Wow, the lady
that was on stage is talking to me!" while looking at
how pretty she was. The ladies who were around us thought
it was cute while I smiled and continued staring at her. I
felt very special to have met her.
first meeting of Young Eder-fan Katie Phelan (then
6 years old) and Linda.
mom loves Linda's music and I like to go to concerts with
her. She often plays Linda's CDs around the house, so that
is what I grew up listening to! Whenever I bring friends
home from school, they go home knowing about Linda Eder
and some of them end up buying the CD and get their entire
family hooked. My friends and I love the "Man of La
Mancha" song and would try to sing the high notes.
I have even taken some of my friends to concerts. They all
loved it and we listened to their favorite songs on the
car ride home!
have also met very nice people at Linda's concerts and enjoy
talking to everyone around me. It is a great experience
and I always look forward to seeing Linda friends. It is
fun to talk to others that love Linda like I do! It is also
amazing to learn about different people who have the same
interests as you.
have also been giving my teachers Linda CDs and I cannot
even begin to count how many times they have come up to
me, thanked me, and told me how they listen to the CD in
the car every day. I have even heard some of them humming
Linda tunes in class!
Young Eder-fan Katie Phelan and Linda in 2005.
makes me feel good to see a person's reaction when they
first hear Linda's voice and I can compare myself to them.
My religion teacher loved her so much, she played the Christmas
CD in class, and she very rarely plays music in class. My
friends thought it was cool to hear a Linda CD, since they've
heard so much about her from me. I do listen to other types
of music, but because Linda is so good, I keep coming back
to hers. She is the only singer I have not stopped listening
to. The other singers get old and boring after a while,
but never Linda!
Christmas Concert is really fun to go to. I think that Linda's
Christmas CD is the best! I have heard other Christmas CDs,
but none compare to Linda! I always have a blast going to
concerts and learning all the words to her new songs! I
am always smiling when a song is playing in my head, because
I'm always happy! I always look on the positive side of
things, and Linda's songs never fail to brighten my day!
I don't have a particular favorite song because I just love
all of them! Linda makes my life more fun and exciting!
She is great and a fantastic person. I really look up to
her. I love you, Linda!
Concert" by Katie Phelan at age 6.
Betsy Cutcliffe from Minnesota writes
"Our son Ross has been coming with us to Linda's concerts
for the past 7 years since he was 6 years old! When we were
at the Ordway Music Theatre a number of years ago, when Jake
was just a baby, Linda brought Jake on stage near the end
of the show and Ross said "Wow, how exciting, Mom. Linda
named her baby boy Jake, my best friend's name!" A couple
of years ago, Linda looked at Ross (we were in the front row
of the pit) and said, "I look at you and I think of my
son and miss him."
is now 14 years old and he says,
"In the beginning when I was 6 years old, I remember
Linda looking at me in the first row and mentioning how
nice it was that children would come and see her sing. Then
after she had Jake (who just happens to have the same name
as my best friend), Linda would look at me the next few
years and say I reminded her that she missed her own little
boy I don't know if she recognizes me anymore, but
we are still in the front row each year and I will continue
to come hear her sing, because her voice is so beautiful.
Especially, last year, on my 13th birthday, Linda was in
concert here in Minneapolis and it was so special for me,
my mom and dad and my godfather! I hope to be able to enjoy
Linda's concerts for many more years to come!"
Young Eder-fan Jordan Van Horn and Linda meet for
the first time in 2005.
Eder-fan Jordan Van Horn first saw Linda perform at the
Ocean Grove Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, on July
23, 2005. At the show, Linda told the "quarter story"
and fans flocked to the stage during "Havana"
to make their donations. Jordan was so inspired by that
moment, she sketched these pictures! Way to go, Jordan!
by 14-year-old young Eder-fan Jodan Van Horn
Young Eder-fan Ariana Richard with her mom and Linda.
M. Richard from California writes
daughter, who is only 8 years old, is (along with me) a
most devoted fan of Linda. The concert at the Wadsworth
Theater in Los Angeles was the first time she saw her perform
in person. It was a night to remember, and even now, Ariana
still talks about meeting her after the show and how beautiful
with her little ray of sunshine, Jake,
backstage at the Palace Theatre, December 2004.