Lorri Hafer

 

 

excerpts from her website—

Lorri Hafer started her career at the age of five on the Guy Mitchell record, "If You Ever Go Away,” and as a model for the Madame Alexander Doll Company. In 1971, Lorri as lead vocalist with The Hillside Singers, along with her mother Mary Mayo, recorded the ‘Coca Cola Song’ - "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing."  Lorri and several members of The Hillside Singers were reunited in 2003 on the PBS Special, “American Soundtrack: This Land Is Our Land - The Folk Rock Years 2.”

In 1981, Lorri was the opening act for organist Lenny Dee at his supper club when she visited a jam session. It was there that she met fellow musician Mike Hafer. Both of them coming from musical families, they teamed up, were married within six months, and after Lorri’s tour as featured vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Mike and Lorri began a US tour, recording their first CD, "Something Cool" in 1986. She and Mike founded "The Music of Your Life Trio", in conjunction with Tampa Bay's "Music of Your Life" affiliate WGUL. In 1988, their son, Paul Hafer was born...

Lorri’s first solo CD, “The Very Thought of You,” was released in 2001. A collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, the CD includes a swinging solo version of The Hillside Singers' 1971 hit "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing."....In 2004, Lorri and Mike , along with their son Paul, were invited to be part of the “Music of Your Life” show in Branson, MO, with Lorri as the featured vocalist with Les Brown’s Band of Renown.......Lorri, Mike and Paul have performed ... at jazz festivals throughout Florida, such as the First Annual Taste of Jazz at Weeki Wachee, the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Festival with Lorri as special guest with John Lamb and the Original All-Stars, and the 28th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival. They have also been headliners at numerous events world-wide including: "Music of Your Life: Jazz at Sea,” "Music of Your Life: Big Bands at Sea," “Music of Your Life: On Stage,” “Music of Your Life: Jazz on the Beach in Jamaica,” “Music of Your Life in Tuscany,” and "Great Music at Sea" cruises.... On December 30, 2007 Lorri and Mike performed at The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, FL where Lorri was the opening act for comedian Bob Newhart.

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"Lorri is a smash hit! I watched her mesmerize a standing room only packed theater… I was so impressed with her vocal clarity and stylings that I invited her to join the band that evening as our guest vocalist. She did it again! The crowd embraced her as she sang "Sentimental Journey" with such elegance that you would have thought we were recording it for the first time…” 

  - Les Brown Jr. - Les Brown’s Band of Renown
Lori Hafer at Heidi's Jazz Club