Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs deal insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.
Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Ms. Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. After several years as a high school English teacher, Ms. Flack was discovered while singing at a Washington, DC club by jazz musician Les McCann. She was signed to Atlantic Records.
In 1972, a re-release of her song, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," from her first LP, zoomed to number one and remained there for six weeks, becoming that year's biggest hit. Ms. Flack followed with a string of hits, including "Where Is the Love" (a duet with former Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway), "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "Feel Like Makin' Love", "The Closer I Get to You", "Tonight I Celebrate My Love", and "Set the Night to Music." In 1999, She received a Star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame.
Ms. Flack continues to perform to appreciative audiences around the world and is currently involved with two very exciting recording projects -- an album of Beatles songs due out later this year, and an album for a talented group of musicians she is developing called The Real Artists Symposium. Very active as a humanitarian, she recently opened the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Charter School in the Bronx, which will provide music education to underprivileged students free of charge.