Singer/recording artist Laura Shaffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, and started performing professionally when she was still a teenager. A veteran of the world famous Las Vegas Strip, she has appeared in all of its major hotels: The Bellagio, The Wynn, The Cosmopolitan, The Mandarin Oriental, Aria, The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Paris, Venetian, The MGM, and on and on. Having gathered an international, multi-generational fan base with her glamorous vintage look and her sultry take on the great jazz, torch, and swing standards, she also performs special engagements nationally for gala events, celebrity launches, and heads of state. From showrooms to ballrooms to nightclubs, from small combo to big band, the “Noir Nightingale” enthralls with the glamour and allure of Golden Era Hollywood, combined with an engaging vocal style. She is currently in production with the follow-up to her 2011 album for RKO Records, “Julie London Songbook”, as well as a classic pin-up tribute calendar. She is the owner of Midnight Refrain, a media and consumer content company that focuses on the 1930's, 40's, and 50's in music, fashion, print, and related products.
Laura’s musical ability comes by way of her father, pianist/arranger Charlie Shaffer, who has written arrangements for 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.
Featured in the Emmy-winning CNN production, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Season 3, April 2014, Las Vegas episode.
“Shaffer’s following…ranges from Old-Vegas enthusiasts to jazz purists.” “Laura Shaffer looks and sings like your favorite femme fatale from a film noir, but black and white can turn Technicolor for Christmas. Her "Vintage Christmas"… is sure to be packed…”
-Mike Weatherford, Las Vegas Review Journal
“When Laura Shaffer sings, it’s like stepping into a time machine. Your head begins to spin a bit, the eyes go aflutter, and the next thing you know, you’ve been transported to an era when music was melodious and fashion was glamorous but not gaudy. It’s like stepping into a film noir, except she’s in living color.”
“…she cast her timeless spell over all within her range for a pair of standing room only shows. Already a veteran performer at major corporate events and top casino, Shaffer exudes the grandeur of the golden eras of American music, not just in sound and style, but in looks and persona as well. In many ways you might say she was born 50 years too late, but the past’s loss is truly the present’s gain. Laura Shaffer is refreshingly ours to enjoy right now.”
-Arthur J. Bloberger, Nightlife LasVegazine
Autumn 2013 edition of UK publication Essentially America. “Ideal for those looking for a taste of the Golden Age of Vegas.”