We asked, they answered: Lindsay Pedalty
Vocalist Lindsay Pedalty brings her fresh voice to the Cannon River Winery from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday March 15. The Twin Cities-based performer sings a variety of pop, rock, blues and jazz - a country tune or two. To check out her upcoming gigs or to hear her work, visit www.lindsaysings.com.
When and where did music first fit in your life?
Music has always been an important part of my life, ever since I was a little girl. My dad is a musician. We have recordings of me and my twin sister singing Christmas carols along with dad playing on the piano. It’s so fun to listen to our little kid voices singing along and poor dad trying to keep us on track.
How long have you been performing as a vocalist?
I’ve been performing off and on for as long as I can remember, but professionally it’s been almost 10 years now.
Are you influenced by any musicians or genres?
Yes! In working with my jazz trio, I have learned so much about “The Great American Songbook” including jazz standards and classic pop songs from the 1920s to ’50s. I also quite enjoy country and folk tunes, both contemporary and older, and that influence comes out in some of my song interpretations from time to time.
Overall, I am drawn to such a wide variety of music and there is not much I can say I don’t like. I am not immune to getting hooked on a catchy pop tune of the moment that is all but forgotten years down the road.
What is your favorite part about performing?
Performing is always most rewarding when I can spot someone in the crowd tapping their feet and grooving along to the rhythm or singing along to the lyrics. Music is a team sport.
Are you currently working on any project?
The jazz trio I sing with now, aptly named the Lindsay Pedalty Trio, is where most of my energy is focused now. It includes my dad, Bruce Pedalty, on the piano and Gary Miller on the bass guitar. I’d like us to do some recording eventually, but for now we’ve been having so much fun performing at the Cannon River Winery as well as other places in the Twin Cities.
If you could sing with any artist – dead or alive – who would it be?
Sam Cooke would be my dream duet partner. He had such a sweet voice with soul.
What is one song off your top 10 favorite song list?
There is a Beatles song we do called “In My Life.” They recorded it with an upbeat tempo, and we do it like a ballad. The lyrics are a reflection of lovers and friends and the past that will never be forgotten, but that nothing compares to my current love. The melody is stunning. It’s an absolutely perfect song.
What is the last thing you watched on T.V.?
I have been totally enamored with “Downton Abbey.” The characters and story lines, the costumes and the charming accents are all so enchanting.
Do you have interesting hobbies?
With work and singing I don’t have much additional spare time, but I do enjoy running and yoga, going to the lake in the summer and traveling to new places.
What is one thing someone wouldn’t know about you?
It’s not much of a secret, but I’ve got a day job working as a systems engineer. So I’m a singing engineer. I bet you’ve never met one of those.
--Compiled by Stacy Bengs, staff writer