Patti Jannetta

Patti worked her way up through the music industry into a position that has garnered her respect as a singer, entertainer, songwriter, and humanitarian. She has recorded 3 albums during her career – all of which have fared well domestically, with her last two albums earning her acceptance on an international level.

Discovered while attending Vincent Massey High School in Toronto, she became a teen actress in the Canadian production of Jesus Christ Superstar with renowned actor Victor Garber as Jesus.  Opening at the International Hilton in Vegas the cast played opposite Elvis, Red Fox and Gladys Knight and the Pips. The show moved to the famous Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles where Patti recorded her first album and solo with the company at MGM Studios.

Back in Canada, she signed her first record deal and toured throughout Canada, the Caribbean Islands, the US, Europe and Asia promoting her first solo album, “Patti Jannetta”.  

    Performing for 50,000 people, Patti was thrilled to represent Canada at the International Sopot Music Festival in Poland, singing a duet with Charles Aznavour and winning the prestigious Musician’s Favorite Award.

Patti appeared in the documentary feature “Superstar”, starring Thai singing sensation Manee. While filming the documentary she opened for Manee throughout Europe and Thailand. In Monaco, she appeared at the elite JimmyZ Nightclub and the renowned MIDEM Music Festival in Cannes, France. Thailand included concerts in Chaing Mai and Bangkok’s famous Thai Cultural Centre with a command performance for the King.

After performing to rave reviews twice in the world famous Royal York’s Imperial Room first with her own band then with legends Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley (as her famous father Louis Jannetta watched with pride) she was asked to star in her own 60 minute network television special for CTV entitled “A Family Christmas“.  Guest stars included Barbara Hamilton, John Allen Cameron and the Mistletones with John McDermott.  Patti went on to star in the feature “Applause“, and in 2003 filmed the Rogers Television show, ”One on One” with both shows profiling her life and musical career.

As a songwriter, Patti had the opportunity to collaborate with many greats. Co-writing credits include the legendary Bo Diddley Sessions, earmarking Patti as Bo’s first-ever female singing partner. They toured the US and Canada, collaborating and writing, with their duet “Make up Your Mind”, released internationally and featured in the movie sound track of “Meatballs III”. Her songs have appeared in movie soundtracks including “Bullies” and in numerous TV shows.

Patti’s 2nd album “Breathless” saw Patti on a Canadian / US tour sponsored by Certs, promoting her smash hit single and music video on Much Music for her original composition “Party Girl“.  This song earned Patti a Juno Award nomination for “Most Promising Female Artist“.  Her next album, “Jannetta” produced three successful singles: “I Know You’ll Wait“, “Even Though You’re Gone” and “Mark on My Heart” (a top 20 dance hit in 1993/4). “Even Though You’re Gone,” promoted a powerful message about AIDS awareness and was supported by a hauntingly beautiful video. The success of “Jannetta” resulted in another cross Canada tour supported by Warner Lambert.

A Songwriting session with Carol Medina and James Collins resulted in the successful dance track “Tell Me You Love Me”, released on 12 compilations worldwide, including Much Music’s Dance Mix 95’ that zoomed to the top of the charts. Along with James & Carol, Patti was presented with a Diamond Record for over one million units sold.

She has continued to write and record with other songwriters, recently co-writing “Healing Hands, Changing Lives” for the SickKids Hospital Herbie Fund. The song featured 15 artists including Michael Burgess, Ashley MacIssac, Jackie Richardson and Rik Emmett.  Patti’s been taking her time collaborating with many musical friends with plans to release a new CD in 2016!

As President of Canadian Music Week’s , C.A.A.M.A., The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music and the Arts, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the Canadian sound recording business domestically and internationally she works with CMW to provide its members with free educational programming and non-commercial showcase opportunities.

Awards include the Musician’s Favorite  Award, Sopot Poland,  City of Toronto Award of Merit, Diamond Record for over one million copies sold of “Tell me you Love Me”, Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism and the 2008 Laurie Pallet Patron of the Arts Award for significant achievement in the arts. Recently Patti was honoured to receive Canada’s Recording Legacy Award for her early work in lobbying parliament with other Canadian songwriters to change the copyright law of Canada, 25 years ago. The youngest on the bus, she travelled to Ottawa with the likes of Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Jim Vallance, Ian Thomas, Eddie Schwartz, and Brian Good. Along with the Ottawa contingent, there was an historic videotape, “Two Cents Too Long”, with supporting messages from songwriters including Bryan Adams, David Foster, Tom Cochrane, Dan Hill, Ronnie Hawkins, and Gil Moor. Canadian composers and songwriters of all ages will forever benefit by the initiative shown by this group.

As a founding director and Past- Artistic Director of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, she championed the best in Canadian talent promoting emerging artists as well as Canadian superstars; Tom Cochran, Jann Arden, Colin James, Spirit of the West,  Bruce Cockburn and many more.

In 2012 Patti teamed with like-minded acappella music lovers to create the award winning SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival at the Distillery and is the volunteer development director.

In 2013 she and a team of passionate Canadian Italians founded the exciting Mississauga ITALFEST, FERRAGOSTO IN THE CITY, at Mississauga’s beautiful Celebration Square, savouring all things Italian becoming the volunteer co-chair and entertainment director.

Patti’s also the volunteer entertainment co-chair for SickKids Hospitals Herbie Fund,  has worked with the Small Arms Project on Developing a Centre for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Science in Mississauga and is on the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame Committee.

Patti was thrilled to become the new Executive Director of BIG MUSIC FEST, one of Ontario’s, premiere annual festivals.  In 2014 it drew a record crowd of 60,000 for a weekend of bands including Aerosmith, Slash, STYX, Bryan Adams, Collective Soul, Moist and more. BIG MUSIC FEST 2015 saw the infamous Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Extreme, Monster Truck and The Glorious Sons as just some of the line-up.

With her talented band Patti can be heard performing at many concerts, corporate events and galas and is often the spokesperson, MC or commentator. Highlights of The Patti Jannetta Band concerts include headlining:  The Beaches Canada Day Celebrations, New Year’s at Nathan Philips Square, The Herbie Foundation Ball and the Living Art Centre with both the Metropolitan Washington Gospel Chorus and with the Nylons.  They’ve performed at the Prestigious MAC Awards, Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve Celebrations, The Rainbow Ball and Canada Day at Mississauga City Hall and performances at Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Gala for the Arts, 10 years in a row and was the supplier of choice for Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre special events.

Patti’s performed through the years as guest vocalist in Ronnie Hawkins Band for the sheer fun of it and with her husband’s smokin’ band Blueshound at various Blues & Jazz festivals.

Critics have applauded Patti Jannetta with rave reviews………….”She has drive” “personality” “exudes class” “is loaded with talent” “a dynamite singer” and “she deserves the greatest success”.

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