Most millennials probably won’t recognize the name Bernadette Peters, at least not as a singer. But for over five decades, Peters has entertained many audiences, not just as an actress, but also as a singer.
Nicknamed the “Queen of Broadway,” Peters’ was seemingly born with numerous artistic talents and has excelled tremendously as a singer. Here are five facts you probably don’t know about her singing career.
1. She has a number of albums under her belt. That’s right; the redheaded New York City native has released all of six solo albums, along with several singles, stretching from 1980 when she released her debut self-titled album, to way into the 90s.
2. Bernadette Peters has been Grammy-nominated. In addition to receiving a nomination for her single, “Gee Whiz,” Peters has also seen several of her albums being nominated for the coveted award, including Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight. She has also lent her talent to several Broadway cast albums, such as Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy, works which actually won Grammy Awards.
3. She is a songwriter and bestselling author. Having co-founded “Broadway Barks,” which is geared towards helping homeless animals find shelter, Peters wrote a book by the same name, which became a New York Times bestseller. In addition, she penned and recorded a song, which is included in the book package.
4. Peters has performed as a singer on big stages around the world. Having lived her life in show business, the three-time Tony Award winner and Golden Globe awardee has dazzled audiences over the years as a singer. Most recently the multi-talented Broadway Queen set out as a solo performer on a UK tour for the first time in 15 years. Before that she has also entertained audiences in Melbourne and other major cities.
5. She kicked off her singing career in her 30s. Although she’s been in musicals and plays since the tender age of five, Peters never launched her solo singing career until 1980. She was born in 1948.
Bernadette Peters is seen as an icon in the world of entertainment. Her contribution to the arts is truly an inspiration.