A Chat with Lynda Carter – “My Life, My Music, My Story”

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Lynda Carter - Photo Credit: Karl Simone

Wonder Woman songbird, Lynda Carter returns to the Catalina Jazz Club with her exciting new show “This Life: My Music – My Story”. She will be joined on stage with her All-Star Band this Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30. The show will take the audience on a journey through Carter’s amazing life with new personal stories and music.

“This is going to be a brand new little show we are doing.” Lynda Carter said in this exclusive interview, “We have been working really hard. We’ve done a lot of rehearsal. I put lots of effort into this show. We are bringing back some interesting things from many years ago and telling a lot of stories, some I have never told. I never know what is going to pop up, as my children will tell you ‘Mom surprises us all the time. We never know what lane she’s go down. Huh? What’s that? What’s she talking about?’”

Photo by Mike Pingel

That is the charm of Carter’s shows. Between great songs, she captures the audiences with stories behind the music, why she chose a particular song, or shares a fun family memory. We may even get an anecdote and a twirl about her Wonder Woman days. She’s also sharing many never-before-seen video footage at this new show.

Below is a chat with the lovely Lynda Carter. She looks back on her charmed life, talks about performing with her talented daughter Jessica Altman, and she discusses that infamous outfit she wore in her KISS Rock-n-Roll Fantasy video.

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Mike Pingel: So, there will be video shown during the new show?

Lynda Carter: Yep, there will be and we are putting it on its feet for the first time, so we will see how it goes. Pulling all kinds of things from old shows and old things. Old is new. So, there will probably be some interesting glitches here and there, which is always fun.

I’ve been looking at these videos. They are like so pre-MTV. I’m excited to be sharing stories about working with these amazing people such as Merle Haggard, Tom Jones to Ray Charles, from George Benson to Ben Vereen.

MP: Any super surprises?

LC: My daughter is going to debut something from her new EP. So, I’m excited.

Jessica Altman and Lynda Carter performing at the Catalina Club – Photo by Mike Pingel

MP: And speaking about your past specials, will you be wearing that KISS outfit you wore in your Rock n Roll Fantasy video?

LC: Do you think I’ll be wearing that?

MP: I think you could pull it off.

LC: …but I may revisit it. Revisit. But wear it? Nooooo. I don’t think so. Back in those days I was a size 2, that was 35, 45 years ago…that would have been 1980…whooo…how long ago is that, a long time.

MP: …just a couple of years.

LC: When you put it that way, it’s brave, courageous and awesome. I think.

MP: …it is.

LC: Or really dumb comparing yourself. People say, ‘what would your younger self say?’ ‘Awesome.’ I’ve had a fantastic life. It’s been cool. You look back and my life has been extremely full. My life is shown in pictures and video. I think it’s important for all of us to look back and look at the happy times and look at these moments and not dwell on all this current political drama and all this negative stuff. All the things that happening right now are occupying our minds. We live in a time right now that is kind of unhappy and oppressive. I want to see my children thrive and I want to see people achieving the things they want and looking into a positive way upon their lives and get out of this fear. I don’t watch the news much any more. I don’t read the newspaper. I don’t want to do it any more. I’m waiting for good new and that is what I’m going to focus on in my life.

MP: That is what a lot of us have to do, I haven’t watched the news for about five days and I feel better.

LC: I do too. I just don’t want to watch it. There is nothing good that is happening right now and when there is good news, I will watch it. I will vote the way I vote, support the people I want to support. Other than that, I’m not engaging. It’s too depressing.

MP: I keep hearing rumors that you’ll be in the new upcoming movie “Wonder Woman 1984.” Do you have anything to say about that? Do you show up in 1984?

LC: What’s the year [laughter]? I’m not saying anything.

MP: Ok, Ok… Any more upcoming Supergirl episodes.

LC: No. I did the ones in the beginning of the season. I adore Melissa [Benoist]. I went to see her when she was on Broadway. She was great in “Beautiful”, were she plays Carole King. Her voice was really good, I actually saw her last preview night and I went ‘Wow!’ She did such a great job. I support all the stuff she does and I enjoy working with her.

MP: Any other upcoming projects?

LC: I just finished a film, “Air Looms.” It was a lot of fun to do. It’s a small film. I play this woman who is searching for her son who she is estranged from. My character asks a guy to come along on this journey to find her troubled son. She was a singer in her youth and I sing a couple of nostalgic songs. It’s a really sweet film. I pick the projects I want to do. I really stay busy because my family is so busy. The kids are working all the time. My daughter has This EP and she is a full-time lawyer. She’s out there working and so is my son, lawyering and working for Bethesda Games. My husband works, so I have to work, so not to be bored and I have to keep everyone in the style which they are accustomed. I have to keep them in the threads and stuff [laughter].

MP: Is there a Fallout 5 video game coming up that you’re in?

LC: There is Fallout ’76, which is already out, but my character is not in that. I did do some work on the new DOOM: Eternal. I’m continuing working on video game voiceovers. I would say that is something I love doing. I play a wonderful role, but I really should ask the inventors how to describe my character/characters. My character transforms into many forms of transportation… So, I’m very cool! I love these characters. I can go wild!

MP: Is there anything you want to add about your show?

LC: It’s going to be an interesting show. It’s like walking down memory lane with me including some of the music that I’ve sung over the years; things I have not sung in a long time; songs I never sung before, and a couple of songs from my various albums. It’s going to be a fun evening.

Photo by Mike Pingel

This is Lynda Carter’s 12th year preforming at the Catalina Jazz Club, located at 6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Tickets range from $40-$45. Doors open at 7pm. The seating at the club is usually first come.

For all things Lynda Carter and all info on her upcoming 2019 tour, from Washington DC, New York City, Salt Lake City, Tennessee, to Canada, check out her website at https://www.lyndacarter.com/#concerts.

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Wow, Wonder Woman ( the Only Woman to play the part) Lynda Carter, great singer, come sing around us, Houston, Texas area…as beautiful as ever, my deceased husband enjoyed watching ur programs, ty….I did too.