Patricia Shih wrote her first song at age 12 and hasn't stopped since. At the age of 15, she signed a recording and management contract with Unicorn Records of Washington, D.C. as half of a duo. This marked the start of her professional career. A 45 RPM record was released a year later and numerous T.V., radio, concert and club performances followed. Included are an international radio broadcast on the Voice of America and appearances at the legendary Cellar Door, where the duo was runner-up to Emmy Lou Harris in the competitive "Best of the Hoots." Several years later, Ms. Shih began her solo career in California, notably on her own PBS special "Patty Shih - Music from the Gallery." Soon after, she returned to the east coast and settled in Huntington, N.Y.

A multi-instrumentalist, Ms. Shih plays 6 and 12 string guitars, piano and Marxophone. She has nine albums to her credit: four for adults, "Woman With One Closed Eye", "Leap of Faith", "Gold Covered" (a tribute to five women folk legends), "Appleseeds', a tribute to Pete Seeger" and five family/children's albums, "Lovabyes" (Creative Child CD of the Year Award & Parents' Choice Recommended Award), "Your ImaginEngine" (Seal of Excellence Award), "The Power of One" (NAPPA Gold Award, Preferred Choice Award and Parents' Choice Approved Award), "Making Fun!" (Preferred Choice Award and Parents' Choice Approved Award), and "Big Ideas!" (Seal of Excellence Award).

Her work is also included on three anthology albums: "Sharing Thoughts," "Early Ears" (Zoom Express, BMG), and "Rainbow Sign" (Rounder Records), which was honored by the American Library Association Notable Children's Recording Award, Parents' Choice Award, Parents' Prize, NAPPA Gold Medal, and the L.A. Times "Best of 1993" list. She is the author of two books about music: Gigging: A Practical Guide for Musicians (Allworth Press, NYC) and Truly Rotten Gigs from Hell: The Funny, The Sad, The Unbelievably Bad True Tales from the Music Trenches (Uncommon Publishing, Xlibris)

Patricia has recently embarked on a new discipline - filmmaking, with her first full length feature documentary "Undocumented" which has won 9 awards and honors.