Patricia Mae Andrzejewski is also known for her stage name as Pat Benatar. She was born in 1953 and raised in a suburban area in New York.
As a young girl, Benatar took an interest in voice lessons and theatre. At eight, she made her first solo performance with the rendition of “It Must Be Spring.” Benatar was an active student in high school, where she joined musical productions, choir singing, and homecoming parade.
Benatar did not finish her college degree after marrying Dennis Benatar at 19. She initially worked as a bank teller and later left her job to pursue a professional singing career.
In 1971, Benatar began her career as a singing waitress and a band member. She also performed at a comedy club where she got discovered by her soon-to-be manager Rick Newman.
Together with her husband, Benatar moved to New York to perform in music gigs. For three years, she played with Catch a Rising Star band and appeared in a rock musical production, The Zinger, as Zephyr.
The Halloween night of 1977 became a pivotal moment for Benatar’s career. While dressed in a costume from the movie Cat-Women of the Moon, Benatar went onstage and performed commercial jingles. Her brief stint became the headline of a New York City nightclub, where musical labels heard about her performance. Soon after, she signed a contract with Chrysalis Records.