Lynda Carter can’t recall a time in her life when she didn’t want to entertain people in some fashion, whether as a popular singer or an iconic glamorous TV star.
“I remember when I was very young there was someone on TV singing and when she finished and I heard everyone clapping, I thought ‘I need to sing,'” Carter told Home Page Media Group during a recent telephone interview from her Potomac, Md., home.
She joined her first band – “The Relatives” — at age 14 in her hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., and played “all kinds of shows” there and in nearby Scottsdale and Tempe venues: rock, big band, country, jazz and pop in a band called “The Garfin Gathering With Lynda Carter.”
Clearly, Carter became a “Jill-of-all-voices” showbiz performer early on.
That potpourri is the type of all-around show Carter said she will perform at the Franklin Theatre at 8 p.m. on April 9. She’ll be joined by seven Nashville musicians and three backup singers.
Tickets are available at www.franklinthreatre.com and it will run 90 minutes with no intermission.
Appropriately, theatre reviewers call Carter’s 2016 “Long Legged Woman” tour “dynamic and sexy.”
At 5’9″, the statuesque Carter appears to be nearer 6-feet-tall when singing and moving about the stage in a tight black leather ensemble that epitomizes the tour’s title.
“It’s because I have long legs – I’m a long-legged woman. I wrote a song with that line – long-legged woman — in it and found it kind of humorous and kind of intriguing. And it works.”
Carter said she changes her tour package annually to keep the show fresh and not boring to her.
Sometimes when writing, she comes up with the title first, then writes the music, and sometimes vice versa – there’s no set pattern, Carter said.
“It can be any which way, sometimes the base line, sometimes a lyric … just whatever happens to work that day.”
In addition to her tour material, Carter wrote the music for the hit role-playing action video game “Fallout 4.” The game won 2015 Game of the Year from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and one of the songs she wrote and performed – “Good Neighbor” — has been nominated best Original Song by The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers.
That’s akin to the Grammys and Emmys of the Video game world.
Carter said that genre is reminiscent of ’40s and ’50s music and she will perform some of these songs at her Franklin Theatre show.
There’s no “usual work day” in her life these days – “It depends on what I’m working on. Right now, I’m getting ready for the new show and keeping my voice strong.”
Carter said her off-the-road life probably is no different than the average person’s.
“It’s pretty normal: I have adult kids – Jessica, a daughter who is in law school, and James, my son who already practices law.” The entertainer has been married to Washington, D.C. businessman Robert A. Altman since 1989.
“Everyone works in our house … I’m really having the time of my life: I’m healthy, I’m having fun enjoying my life and I feel loved.”
Carter doesn’t turn her back on her iconic “Wonder Woman” TV role, which aired from 1975-1979 and which in some ways still define her to the general public.
She played the lead role of Diana Prince, a meek, bespectacled secretary whose rapid spinning turned her into the beautiful Amazonian “Wonder Woman,” clad in a skintight all-American red-white-and blue outfit. With her special powers, “Wonder Woman” fought bad guys in a “wham-bam” comic-book style and nabbed criminals with her magic yellow lariat of truth. She also used her golden belt and bracelets to deflect things such as bullets.
As “Wonder Woman,” Carter became an empowered heroine of many young girls of that non-empowering era for females and the heartthrob of most starry-eyed young boys.
She remains grateful for her role as Diana Prince.
“It’s really a wonderful thing to have happened for me and it has done some nice things. I believe if you try to hard not to be defined by something, you surely will. So I try to embrace it.”
Carter said has visited Nashville two or three times annually since 2009 to write and record with noted producer Kyle Lehning, among other musicians.
Her April 9 Franklin Theatre gig will be her third straight local appearance and follows a sold out appearance yesterday (April 2) at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington. After Franklin, Carter heads to New York City for April 22-23 shows in the Appel Room, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
“I love Franklin and that theatre – it’s wonderful and I’m anxious to return.”
Clearly, Lynda Carter’s woman still is a wonder.