Roberta Flack the four-time Grammy Award-winning artist has long been known as an unparalleled musician who effortlessly inhabits the worlds of pop, soul, R&B, jazz and folk. Roberta From her very first recording , “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” which hit #1 in the U.S across all charts, Flack has created strong emotional bonds with her listeners through her poignant musicality and unerring stylization while also shining an uncompromising light onto the culture and politics of the times.
Flack was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and was raised in Arlington, Virginia.She first discovered the work of African American musical artists when she heard Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke sing in a predominantly African-American Baptist church. During her early teens, Flack so excelled at classical [piano] that Howard University awarded her a full music scholarship.
Flack is a member of the Artist Empowerment Coalition, which advocates the right of artists to control their creative properties. Flack is also a spokesperson for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; her appearance in commercials for the ASPCA featured The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. In the Bronx section of New York City, the Hyde Leadership Chart School’s after-school music program is called “The Roberta Flack School of Music” and is in partnership with Flack, who founded the school, which provides free music education to underprivileged students. Flack is the aunt of the professional ice skater Rory Flack Burghart.
Back in the spotlight after performing a memorable duet with Maxwell at the 2010 Grammy Awards, Flack is putting the finishing touches on her new album—her first in over 8 years. Newly signed to a partnership of 429 Records, Sony ATV Music Publishing and Flack’s RAS Records, the album which was produced by Sherrod Barnes, who has also produced Beyonce and Angie Stone, with contributing producers Jerry Barnes and Barry Miles, is slated for early February 2012 release worldwide (Sony Music will release the album in Japan). A single from the collection will be released this month—her interpretation of “We Can Work It Out”. The single will be available worldwide September 27th exclusively at iTunes.
Since bursting onto the scene in 1969 with the blockbuster album “First Take” (produced by the legendary Joel Dorn), she’s followed her fiercely uncompromising lyrical and musical muses earning her a place alongside pioneering artists such as Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Nina Simone. A multiple Grammy winner, she is the only artist along with U2 to win “Record of the Year” in consecutive years (for “The First Time, Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly”). Although she’s taken some time between recordings, she’s never stopped performing having constantly toured worldwide. Flack, a national treasure gives her time freely to a host of charitable and humanitarian causes–among them, the ASPCA (spokesperson of the year for 2011) and the Roberta Flack School of Music in Bronx, NY (which she founded in 2006).
Says Roberta: “My passion for this project comes from the magical genius of the greatest songwriters of all time. Love, inspiration, friendship and my own life’s lessons come together when I sing the songs they created. I am honored to be a part of the fabulous legacy of the Beatles.”
Says Steve Vining, President of 429 Records/Savoy Label Group: “It’s rare that a record project has so much going for it—a legendary, Grammy Award-winning vocalist, the most recognized songs in our lifetimes, a gifted production team and the combined support of Sony/ATV, SLG/429 and our distribution partners world-wide. We’re honored Roberta and Danny have placed their faith in our team and we all are looking forward to spreading the word about this truly extraordinary recording.”
Says Danny Strick, Co-President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing: “To hear Roberta Flack’s unique interpretations of some of the most important songs in pop culture is wonderful. We are very excited to be working with Steve Vining and the Savoy team as we expose these wonderful recordings to lovers of music around the world.”