“Patti Shaffner performed with David Cowan on Jan. 25, 2019. The magical night was heart felt by all who attended. Patti's original song lyrics, stunning vocals and charming nature, lifted our spirits in a way that one might compare to a religious experience . Tears of pure joy were shed throughout the crowd. The wide variety of musical styles kept the performance interesting from start to finish.”
- Susan Crouch , One Best Life @ Tinker's Attic, Highland IN.
“Patti's music and presentation are flawless, insightful, and beautifully rendered. Each song is a tasty morsel to be relished. I feast on her music every time I hear it. "
- Suzyn C. Mills
Former Director, Acoustic Renaissance Concert Series Hinsdale, IL
"Patti Shaffner, who was the first runner-up, shook up the entire theater with her jazz singing style and lyrics. One would only hope to see this type of talent at the Carlyle (or onstage in any venue). Shaffner sang and scatted in her second song, which really brought down the house. All were awed with her diverse artistry, not only in song, but in her grand, slick, professional, uninhibited and natural stage presence."
- Lawrence Von Ebeler, New Buffalo Times (2018 Acorn Theater Songwriting contest)
"Patti is a talented vocalist and has found a unique way of relating to her audiences. Her original compositions combined with well chosen standards leave the listener wanting more."
"I cannot remember the last time I was overcome with emotion through song. Patti Shaffner's CD 'Everything Changes - again' started to raise goose bumps on my arms and my feet began to tap."
- Janis Moore, Post-Tribune
"Having had the pleasure of knowing and playing piano with Patti of the past several years, I can vouch for the fact that she is one of the area's top Jazz Vocalists. Her love for the music shows in her outstanding interpretations of the songs of others and in the singing of her own compositions."
"In addition to being a fine singer, Ms Shaffner is a talented composer. Her compositions exhibit a blend of witty lyrics and funky soulfulness that makes them both entertaining and stimulating to listen to."
- Darrell Tidaback, Professor of Music, Notre Dame
"Patti, your voice is killer!!! I really enjoyed listening to you, Buddy, and Waz together! Smokin'! I thought the next thing that was going to happen was the stage going up in flames!"
- Melissa Latronica-Welsh, Sax Player
TESTIMONIALS ON COACHING:
“Patti has been my voice & performance coach for a few years now, working with me to produce my 45 minute long Song Soire’e, which I have performed three shows with great review. Patti is the best:)! What I liked about the way she coached me specifically was the little things that make all the difference, like how to hold a mic, how to segue into a new song. As well as the usual things a voice/performance coach teaches, pitch, breathing, lyric pronunciation, costuming and equipment. As well as her willingness to offer me opportunities to perform :-)... Because she is a performer, she keeps it real... like I said… Patti is the best!“
Past Peformance Venues Include:
Acorn Theater - Three Oaks, MI
Tinker’s Attic - Highland, IN
Wishbone - Chicago, IL
Two Way Street Coffee House - Downer's Grove, IL
Concerts on Creek - Rockford, IL
Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
Honoka’a House Concerts - Honoka’a, HI
Fox River Valley Folk Festival Geneva, Illinois
Davenports Piano Bar - Chicago, IL
Front Porch Music - Valparaiso, IN
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts - Hinsdale, IL
Just Goods - Rockport, IL
Lake County Folk Club - Gurnee, IL
Sage Restaurant - Chesterton, IN
Paul Henry Gallery - Hammond, IN
Towle Theater - Hammond, IN
Westchester Public Library Concert Series - Chesterton, IN
Miller Bakery Cafe' - Miller Beach, IN
Chicago Street Theater - One Night Jam Series - Valparaiso, IN
Memorial Opera House - Valparaiso, IN
Big Island Brewhaus - Big Island, HI
Maxine's - Michigan City, IN
Francesca's Famiglia - Barrington, IL