Patti DeRosa
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Patti DeRosa

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Band Folk Acoustic




"A honey-warm voice...see this musician soon..."

"A honey-warm voice, clear and adventurous guitar work and incisive lyrics are all hallmarks of Patti’s work, and they are still only the tip of her talent iceberg. See this musician soon wherever you can and tell a friend, like I am doing now. It'll be the best ‘I told you so’ that you’ve ever told”. - Vance Gilbert, nationally known acoustic artist

"Activist voice"

“Her activist’s voice comes through in song…” - The Boston Globe

"Classic Folk!"

“Genuine, heartfelt songs….Classic folk!” - Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

"Natural stage presence"

“Patti’s stage presence is so natural it is like she was born there.” - Kenny Townsend, National Guitar Workshop

"Breaks out of the folk box..."

“She breaks out of her straight folk box and lets herself swing with smooth vocals made for the blues, easing naturally into the groove like melted butter…a cool drink on a hot summer’s night…” - Kevan Breitinger,

"A pro with a strong following and lyrics like Dylan..."

“Patti DeRosa is a pro with a strong following who always brings out a bunch of fans. The real watchword in my mind is “connection”, and not every performer has it, but Patti connects big time. Her songwriting and lyrics focus on the human condition in a way that few can. I’m thinking of Bob Dylan here…” - George LeBlanc, The Nameless Coffeehouse, Cambridge, MA

"A fresh voice...heart-warming...insight...humor"

“…a fresh voice with a rich tone that delivers upbeat, heart-warming lyrics, supported by equally expressive guitar-playing. It is the rare performer who can, in one moment, address with insight and sensitivity the issue of racism, as in her song, “Grease on My Wheels’, and in the next, demonstrate her witty sense of humor in a song like “The Big Butt Blues”. - Jim Watson, Coffeehouse Off the Square, Hingham, MA

"A Must-See Artist"

"...a must-see artist with a unique talent that is becoming ever-increasingly rare: she has something to say and a powerful way to say it." - Motif Magazine, Providence, RI

"A Gem in the Vast Sea..."

"Patti DeRosa is a gem that stands out in the vast sea of singer-songwriters." - Madalyn Sklar, Go Girls Music

"Fun, Funky and Sizzling!"

"A powerful presence, a great songwriter, and equally fun, funky, and sizzling!". - Tara Greenblatt, Singer/songwriter/percussionist


• "Packing My Bags - Patti D Live" (2011)
Patti's latest CD was recorded live and features 12 new songs, a few old favorites, and even a Billie Holiday cover. And of course, there is Patti’s signature storytelling and humor, making this CD one that captures that true feel and fun of a live concert.

• "Secrets and Stories" - ( 2007)
Her 2nd CD, "Secrets and Stories", is bursting with the flavors of jazz, R&B, rock, and funk, all grounded in a folk sensibility. Patti’s smooth vocals and crisp guitar playing are supported by a stellar cast of musicians and the songwriting overflows with passion, insight, and attitude. Though this CD features a full band, Patti’s percussive guitar style carries on the groove in her live performances.

• "Paradise" - (2005)
Her 1st CD, "Paradise", offers simple acoustic arrangements and an island feel. It was nominated for “Best Local CD” by Motif Magazine, and is played on radio stations across the country.

• 2006 Indie Music For Life CD Compilation ("Beside the Pretty Church")
• Los Angeles Independent Artists of the Month CD Compilation - April 2006 ("Waiting in New Orleans")




Looking for contemporary acoustic folk music peppered with rhythm and spice? Patti DeRosa is a folk alchemist conjuring up an eclectic mix of musical magic…it’s a soft finger-picking ballad and a jazzy groove, an island rhythm and an edgy rocker, a political commentary and a humorous rhyme…You never know what you’re going to get and DeRosa likes it that way. Her performances are a treat that are delivered with a stage presence that draws the audience in and warms the heart.

Patti has toured nationally and internationally, and has shared the stage with artists such as KJ Denhert, Antje Duvekot, Vance Gilbert, Vicki Genfan, Emma’s Revolution, Terence Martin, Lisa Moscatiello, Kevin So, and others. She has performed at festivals including the Copenhagen Songwriters Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, the National Folk Alliance Martin Guitar Showcase, and the Snapple Newport Sunset Music Festival. Patti DeRosa is a powerful presence, equally fun, funky, and sizzling.

She revels in diversity, both personally and musically and when she’s not making music, she’s the President of ChangeWorks Consulting, which focuses on workplace community, and campus diversity - (visit

In addition to concerts, Patti offers workshops and training including:
Campus/Workplace/Community Diversity
Anti-Bias Facilitator Training
Anti-Racism Awareness and Activism
“Student Leadership for a Diverse Campus” Training