Patti Layne

Patti Layne was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Lois and Abe Fedrau (died in 2004). She has three sisters and one brother. Music was always encouraged at home and Patti started singing and playing the clarinet  from a young age. She belonged to local choirs and the school unit band until leaving high school. She worked at various odd jobs and moved around a lot until she was 21 when she became a disc jockey in a restaurant in Vancouver.

While she was there, a woman who owned a couple of fashion outlets asked her to model for her and she began modelling. A Parisian modelling agency (Karin Models) scout chose her to come to Paris when she was 23. She arrived in Paris and was sent to Italy (Model Plan) and stayed in Italy for 2 years.

She began singing at parties in Italy and someone suggested she pursue a career in singing so she moved back to Paris and after some introductions to the right people, she was offered a record contract. Patti began working with manager/producer Bernard Ricci on her first album in 1981 and was introduced to Didier Barbelivien who wrote ‘Une espèce de Canadienne’ for her. It was released in 1982. During the promotion for this single, Patti met Cecil Maury(singer/songwriter/producer). They lived together for a few years, wrote some songs together and had a son, Bogart who is now a musician himself.

Patti worked with Bernard Ricci for 4–5 years, releasing four singles and one album(Une espece de Canadienne, Je Veux L’aimer, Je Cherche Une Partenaire, Darling) working with different writers including Didier Barbelivien, Claude Lemesle, Pierre Delanoe, Romain Didier, Cecil Maury. She went on tour as the opening act for Michel Loeb in 1986. She changed management in the beginning of 1987 and signed a 3 year record contract with PolyGram. She began working with Fabrice Albouker(producer/songwriter) and Marc Lavoine(songwriter) at this time and they collaborated on 4 singles, the last being Camelot which was co-written by Patti. She also collaborated with Patrick Hernandez(singer/songwriter), writing the lyrics on several songs with him and with Pierre Jaconelli, also writing lyrics.

 In 1988/89 she also co-presented MIDEM (world’s largest music tradefair)for TF1 France, MIPTV (world’s largest TV and media industry gathering)for TF1 France andwas a regular presenter on ’Oh! Les Filles’ (Variety TV program)TF1 France.

Patti also did some acting, appearing in ‘So Died Riabousinska’(Atlantis Films/Ellipse Prog./Granada TV/Wilcox Prod-Directed by Denys Granier Deferre)as Mrs Fabien opposite Alan Bates and Dr MacGregor in ‘Les Six Companions au Concours Hippique’(Ima Productions-Directed by Laurent Levy). She also made numerous guest and cameo appearances in ‘Coco Rico Boy(TF1 France-Directed by Gerard Espinasse).

She continued touring and working in the music industry until leaving France in 1991, when she moved to England and married British actor Toby Rolt. During the time they were married(5 years), Patti continued to write but did not perform outside of recording demos. When they became separated, she began doing smaller gigs in clubs and bars, doing cover songs (jazz, pop, rock and funk), also attending singer/songwriter evenings, becoming one of the first regulars at the Kashmir Klub in London(now The Bedford). She continued writing during this time with various people including Tom Hardwell, Dzal Martin, Claus Regli, Carrie Lennard, Iain Whitmore, Jesper Matteson and Wendon Davis.

Patti become a general practitioner counsellor and addictions therapist. She worked at Promis Treatment Centre, The Priory Hospital North London and the Capio Nightingale Hospital for the next 10 years. During the time she was working as a counsellor/therapist, her singing took a back seat and apart from an occasional private jam, she stopped singing. She began writing with Barnaby Lee and inspired by the new material, was encouraged to make an album by Guy Anderson(Wolfsong Productions) who provided the financing and Francis Lickerish (guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer), who arranged and produced the album for her. The songs on this album, ‘Prairie Burn’ are co-written over several years with Barnaby Lee, Wendy Thomson, Bogart Giner, Dzal Martin, Carrie Lennard, Claus Regli, Iain Whitmore and Francis Lickerish. During this time, she also collaberated again with Cecil Maury and Olivia Adriaco writing the lyrics to some of the songs on her album ‘Heaven Seven’.

Patti has begun to perform again, singing original songs from the new album and some favourite covers with an eclectic mix of styles.

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