Roberta Flack is the voice of a number of classic songs that are still recognized by music fans today.
The five-time GRAMMY Award winner is popular for hits such as Killing Me Softly with His Song and The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.
Who is Roberta Flack?
Born on February 10, 1937, Roberta Flack is an 85-year-old singer from Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Prior to her mainstream success, Roberta had a career as a music and English teacher.
The educator-turned-performer taught in her home state, as well as around Washington DC and Maryland.
It was while she was teaching in Washington DC that she also started playing piano and singing background vocals for opera singers.
After gaining local popularity, fellow singer Les McCann arranged an audition for Atlantic Records in November 1968.
She was signed by the above-mentioned record label and released her debut studio album First Take in June 1969.
In the early 1970s, her single The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face garnered her even more fame as it was featured in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 movie Play Misty For Me and became Billboard’s number-one song of 1972.
Roberta earned her second number-one single with her 1973 track Killing Me Softly with His Song.
Her other hits include If I Ever See You Again, Feel Like Makin’ Love, and the Donny Hathaway-assisted records: You’ve Got A Friend, Where is the Love, and The Closer I Get to You.
What is Roberta’s net worth?
Over the course of her career, Roberta has won five GRAMMY Awards out of 12 nominations.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has amassed an estimated fortune of $20million.
While reflecting on her decades-long career, the legendary star told NPR: “My main interest is in telling my story through a song — whether mine or someone else’s.
“Tell the truth with clarity and honesty so that the listener can feel their story.
“I do not like gimmicks and what I consider myself is a soulful singer in that I try to sing with all the feeling that I have in my body and my mind.
She added: “A person with true soul is one who can take anybody’s song and transcend all the flaws, the technique and just make you listen.”
Where is Roberta now?
On January 26, 2020, Roberta was honored with her fifth GRAMMY at that year’s ceremony.
On November 14, 2022, Roberta’s manager Suzanne Koga revealed that the acclaimed performer was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the hitmaker is prevented from singing due to the diagnosis.
Days later, an eponymous documentary on her career and life is scheduled to be screened at Doc NYC on Thursday, November 17.
Looking forward to January 24, 2023, the Roberta documentary will be released to TV viewers courtesy of PBS and their American Masters series.
That same month, she and Tonya Bolden are scheduled to release their childrens book The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music.
“I have long dreamed of telling my story to children about that first green piano that my father got for me from the junkyard in the hope that they would be inspired to reach for their dreams,” the singer stated in a press release.
“I want them to know that dreams can come true with persistence, encouragement from family and friends, and most of all belief in yourself.”