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About Patty Peterson


Patty Peterson was born into the renowned musical Peterson Family which boasts mother Jeanne Arland Peterson, sister Linda Peterson, and three brothers, Billy Peterson, Ricky Peterson and Paul Peterson; all of whom are recording artists and involved in the international music scene. Patty began singing as a child at concerts and recording sessions, and today is an award winning vocalist both live and in studio for national recording artists and commercials.

Patty Peterson is a dynamic vocalist, radio personality as well as an inspirational and motivational speaker. She is a world class Jazz/ R&B singer, a radio jazz show host on KBEM Jazz 88 in Minneapolis, is a mainstay in the radio jingle and voice over industry and now is forging a career on the national motivational speaker circuit. She has performed to sold out audiences all over the country, including the nationally renowned jazz venues: The Dakota Bar and Grill in Minneapolis, Minnesota and The Jazz Bakery in Hollywood, California. Patty has seven Minnesota Music awards to her credit, has three solo recordings and will be soon releasing a 4th solo smooth jazz CD featuring David Hazeltine, Bobby Lyle, Sheila E. as well as Billy, Ricky and Paul Peterson. You can see Patty performing and speaking all around the country as well as performing live with four generations of The Peterson Family. To learn more about Patty, The Peterson Family, her performance dates, her CDs for sale, her speaking engagements, her nationally known commercial work as well as her new venture, "Live Your Gift", please take a tour of this web site.

“Live Your Gift”

There was a time two years ago when this acclaimed vocalist could barely listen to music, much less sing. That was in the weeks following a life-threatening cardiac emergency called aortic dissection. It happened on February 12, 2007. After a busy day that included volunteering at her son’s school, a Pilates class and a rehearsal, Patty was driving down I-35W in Minneapolis. Suddenly she felt a burst in her chest. “Not a twinge--more like a dagger in my heart,” she said. She was able to pull over and call 911 on her cell phone. An ambulance arrived within minutes and rushed her to Abbott Northwestern Hospital. In less than an hour, doctors correctly ruled out a heart attack and determined she had an aortic dissection. This is the same heart event that John Ritter died from.
Now Patty is telling her story and bringing awareness to this deadly heart disease – aortic dissection. She is presently writing a book about her life story entitled “Live Your Gift”, which not only talks about her experience with heart disease, but also her intense recovery and the main reason she says we are all here – to “Live Your Gift”.

Patty Peterson joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 17, 2011