In 2009, Patti Linsky went in for a customary outpatient medical procedure but something went very wrong. Within two days, a second operation was needed to save her life. Weeks following the second operation, Patti discovered she lost her abdominal strength, a necessary component to support her voice. Her 24-year career as a Cantor had come to an abrupt end.
Two years of rest and recuperation forced Patti to re-evaluate her life –
“If I am not a Cantor, then who am I?
This is one of the many backdrops for Patti Linsky’s one-woman show, Altar EGO.™ Self-medicating from her addiction to painkillers and alcohol almost destroyed her and the lives of her family, as did her depression and anxiety.
“Altar EGO™ was born from a strong desire to get to a place in life where I could fully embrace and forgive myself, knowing that there is healing, recognizing that I am enough.”
Altar EGO™, created with Bob Garrett, traces Patti’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual transformation through over 40 years of addiction, alcoholism and God’s Interventions in a poignant journey, with her signature wit, humor, and zest for life.
This one-woman powerhouse of a show, Altar EGO™, is a memoir in stories and songs that Patti shares like a hidden treasure, told through the lens of a woman who went through several near-death experiences and came out on the other side, transformed. Her mission now is to share her remarkable story with others so that they may begin to walk a path to their own authenticity, finding their hidden voices, devoid of shame and humiliation.
In addition to performing Altar EGO™, Patti remains active in the Los Angeles Jewish community and nationally, as a freelance Cantor officiating at services, lifecycle events, performing in concerts and recording in the studio.
Patti is a proud member of the American Conference of Cantors, the Union for Reform Judaism and a graduate of the University of Miami School of Music.