Roberta Lea's Secret Sauce Recipe
- 2 Cups of Soul
- 1/2 Cup of Sentimental
- 1/2 Cup of Sexy
- 3 tablespoons of Real Life
- 1 tablespoon of Fantasy
- A large pinch of Faith
With a voice like cinnamon and a pen like butter, Roberta Lea is a rising artist, ready to give the world a taste of what she's made of. Fellow artists have called her Hampton Road's best kept secret. It's as though she's a secret family recipe, kept hidden until now.
Pursuing music at 35 may seem like it's a late start for some, but for Roberta Lea, it's ideal. She's been slowly marinating and soaking in LIFE. Now that she's ready to do music, she has a buffet of songs that are sure to appease any listeners pallet.
The Story of Sweet Baby Ray
Believe it or not, Lea actually kept this song on the shelf for quite a while, hesitant to share with fans, fearing it'd be too cliche. It wasn't until she headed down to Nashville for the Americana Fest and found herself in the Black Opry House doing rounds with other artists that she decided to sing Sweet Baby Ray for the first time, ever.
The overwhelming response surprised her. Every night, BIPOC and LGBTQ artists would gather for another set of rounds, and as soon as it was Roberta's turn, others wouldn't give her time to choose. "Do Sweet Baby Ray!!" they'd shout.
"That kind of atmosphere is exactly what artists like us need." said Lea, "A safe place to be authentic and genuine. To experiment and get feedback without all the pressure."
By the end of the week, Roberta's homework assignment was made clear: go home and record Sweet Baby Ray. And by the looks of it, she understood the assignment very clearly.
ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
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MOONLIGHT MUSIC VIDEO
UNIFORM (AUDIO VIDEO)
THE BLACK OPRY HOUSE
GHETTO COUNTRY STREETS (ORIGINAL)
"...country of a thoroughly mainstream variety, a stylistic sensibility shared by Roberta Lea, a singer-songwriter from Norfolk, Va...."
If you have a personal connection to someone in the military, talented singer-songwriter Roberta Lea's new song "Uniform" is guaranteed to make you emotional. The song, which Lea independently released on Veterans Day, is an example of expert storytelling inspired by personal life experiences.
"Music is one of the most consumed things in the world, she said, and there’s room at the table for anyone who wants to pull up a seat, even if the industry at large doesn’t see it that way."
"As a songwriter from Virginia, Roberta Lea follows a long list of hitmakers and she's sure to be next. Her music has been featured in film, theater and books and she's currently in a collaborative mood with local and award-winning national artists."
"The Black Opry Revue is bringing country music by Black artists to the people — and giving us the opportunity to bask in these artists’ excellence...Roberta Lea started each round off with songs bubbling with joy, love and humor..."
"Roberta Lea is very intentional in everything she does as a musician: how she explores her songwriting inspirations, how she understands seasons of creativity, and how she shares the stories her songs are written about."
Roberta Lea is looking forward to releasing her debut Country E.P. entitled "Just A Taste" before the end of the year. Her objective is to simply let the country world know she's here and she's open for business.
"This year, I quit teaching and decided to do music full time. I have few singles on the streaming service, but I wanted to do a project to let people know who I am and what I'm about." She continues, "As a songwriter, producer and artist, I'm open for business. I'm open to write, I'm open to produce, I'm open to perform."
Lea is the writer and producer on practically all of her records; a badge not many artists can wear. She's got a catalog of songs that have been seeping and her up coming e.p. is just a sample of what's yet to come.
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