Award-winning Broadway star Stephanie J. Block always knew she had a gift. After putting in the time and the work, she realizes her career has blossomed exactly the way it needed to. You can catch a performance by Stephanie on Friday, May 4, in Live From Lincoln Center Presents Stars in Concert, broadcast on PBS. Check local listings for times.

Top three influences (musical or otherwise)?
My voice teacher, Jill Goodsell; Judy Garland; and Barbra Streisand.

Artist/album you have on repeat?
James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and India.Arie.

Last live performance you saw?
The play Lobby Hero. Fantastic!

Favorite city to play?
Besides NYC... My favorite city to play is back home in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre, or in St. Louis at the incredibly beautiful Fox Theatre.

Hidden talent?
Crafting. I am a wiz with a glue gun!

Favorite book?
The Complete Novels by Jane Austen.

Top three pieces of advice for aspiring artists?
Ready yourself as if tomorrow is the day you get the opportunity that will change your life. Be grateful in/for every moment. Drink more water.

First live performance you remember seeing?
Sheena Easton in concert. She could not have been cooler to an 8-year-old girl.

Artist you'd most like to meet (past or present)?

First paying gig?
Singing commercial jingles when I was a kid.

Country you'd most like to visit?
I'd love to go to Iceland and experience the Aurora Borealis.

Artist you'd most like to collaborate with?
Me + Stephen Sondheim = My Musical Theatre Dream Come True!

First time you realized you wanted to be a singer?
When I was 7 or 8 years old and I led my congregation in song for my first Holy Communion.

What you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
I've said this before, but I wish I was told to look at auditioning as a short performance with no expectation other than the joy of being able to share your talent for a minute or two.

Practice tips?
When you practice, remember it's called a "warm up" for a reason. Don't press, don't look for perfect sound, don't act as if you're performing. WARM. UP.

You hope someone comes away from one of your shows feeling…
I hope a few viewers come away feeling empowered by my concert. I hope they realize that things happen in their perfect time and that the good stuff is really the moment to moment "victories."

Next goal or challenge you're setting for yourself?
To embody the musical theater version of Cher! And it is proving itself to be quite a challenge... totally worthwhile, but A CHALLENGE!

What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
More patient.