Singer/recording artist Laura Shaffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, and started performing professionally when she was still a teenager. She studied three different instruments and a little dance in her youth, but finally found that singing was the way she could best convey her love for music to an audience. Spending years honing her talents working on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and being mentored by veteran singers, musicians, and choreographers, she continues to perform in all of its major hotels: The Palazzo, Mandalay Bay, The Wynn, The Cosmopolitan, The Mandarin Oriental, Bellagio, Four Seasons, etc., as well as popular off-Strip casino resorts such as The Hard Rock Hotel, The Tuscany, The Palms, Red Rock Casino Resort, and Green Valley Ranch Resort. In 2014, her sold-out concert at Las Vegas’ nationally renowned performing arts venue, The Smith Center, was broadcast to subscribers around the world by Yamaha. She has opened for such icons as Tony Bennett, Bob Newhart, Wayne Newton, and Donny and Marie, and was chosen as the single performer to represent Las Vegas in the Emmy-winning CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown “Las Vegas” episode. She has entertained such diverse celebrity clientele as all-star quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Grammy and Oscar nominated tenor Andrea Bocelli at their own private parties. Having gathered an international, multi-generational fan base with her glamorous vintage look and her swinging & sultry take on the great jazz and swing standards, she also performs special engagements across the nation, and has entertained at countless gala events, celebrity launches, corporate events, and charity benefits. From showrooms to ballrooms to nightclubs, from small combo to big band, the “Noir Nightingale” enthralls with the glamour of Golden Era Hollywood, the glitz of mid-century Las Vegas, and an engaging vocal style. She is currently in production with two follow-ups to her RKO Records album, “Julie London Songbook”, while also having on offer a series of classic pin-up posters and calendar. She is the owner of Midnight Refrain, a media and consumer content company that focuses on the 1920s through the 1960s in music, print, and related products.
Laura’s musical ability comes by way of her father, pianist/arranger/recording artist Charlie Shaffer, who has written arrangements for the likes of Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, and The Houston Symphony Pops Orchestra, and been accompanist/Musical Director for Peggy Lee, Lola Folana, Joe Williams, Debbie Reynolds, and others.