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"Country-neo-pop with a delicious, folky-flair."

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Booking:

Virginia Prater

Phone: 865-300-2107

Management:

Nick Walters

Phone: 757-749-4248

Photo Credit: Christal Marshall

About Roberta Lea

Roberta Lea is an independent artist who is gaining serious momentum. She ended 2022 by shattering her Kickstarter goal for her debut album, garnering support from global superstars Allison Russell and Brandi Carlile, and started 2023 as one of CMT's Next Women of Country, along with rising stars O.N.E the Duo, Alana Springsteen and fellow Black Opry member Julie Williams. Being accepted by a franchise that recognizes some of the biggest names in country music (Kelsea Ballerini, Chapel Hart and Kacey Musgraves, to name a few) is a major milestone for an artist like Lea. Her year continues to peak with her acceptance into The Recording Academy and performing at the historic Newport Folk Fest with the Black Opry.

Fellow artists have called Lea the 757’s best-kept secret and have described her sound as "country-neo-pop," referencing the range of influences to her style, from Tina Turner and Bill Withers to Shania Twain and Sade, and everything in between. She’s been honored with multiple nominations at the local Veer Music Awards and has even taken home the most coveted award of all, Song of the Year, for her single “Sweet Baby Ray." Lea has been featured in major publications such as The Boot, NPR, the Virginian Pilot and the Nashville Scene, receiving praise for her ability to “score hits with her catchy, textured and beautifully sung originals” (Charles Huges, Nashville Scene Country Music Almanac, 2023).


The award-winning Virginian follows a long list of iconic artists and hitmakers. From timeless classics such as Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline to icons including Pharrell, Timberland and Missy Elliot, to legends such as the Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benatar, to modern-day rising stars including Old Dominion and Morgan Wade. As a songwriter and an artist, she’s in great company and confident that she's next.

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Roberta Lea at the Basement East
CMT's Next Women of Country
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Roberta Lea at Slowdive
Roberta Lea at Exit Inn

Photo Credit: Christal Marshall

Press

"Roberta Lea, set to release her debut full-length, has the potential to not only be a crucial voice in the ongoing Black country renaissance, but also to score hits with her catchy, textured and beautifully sung originals. Lea is one of the many artists in the Black Opry community who sound equally at home in both mainstream and Americana formats, and demonstrate the slippery and incomplete distinctions between them." — Charles Hughes The Nashville Scene Country Music Almanac 2023

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Artist To Watch: Roberta Lea Breaks Out of the 757 

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Roberta Lea Cheers Black Opry Nurturing.

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Roberta Lea is Too Much of a Woman and We Love It!

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Country Music Almanac: 2022 Artists to Watch

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Roberta Lea: I Am Hampton Roads

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Exclusive Interview highlights new single "Too Much of a Woman"

Upcoming Releases

On September 29, 2023 Roberta will be releasing her debut album "Too Much of a Woman". It will be available on all streaming platforms. Click the link to view the press release. Preview the album below.

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Accomplishments

  • Color Me Country grant recipient

  • CMT's Next Women of Country Class of 2023 member

  • Black Opry member

  • Guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, June 2002

  • 2022 Veer Music Awards Song of the Year winner ("Sweet Baby Ray")

  • Kickstarter for debut album fully funded ($22K pledged of $18K goal by 300+ backers

Experience

Past Performances

  • Exit In, Nashville | TN

  • Dollywood Park | Pigeon Forge, TN

  • Veer Music Awards | Hampton, VA

  • City Winery Tour | Multi-City

  • Arden Concert Gild | Arden, DE

  • Zeider's American Dream Theater | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Neighborhood Theatre | Charlotte, NC

  • Grey Eagle Music Hall | Asheville, NC

  • Headliner's Music Hall | Louisville, KY

  • Standard Deluxe | Waverly, AL

  • 3TEN Austin City Limits Live | Austin, TX

  • Woodsongs Old Time Radio | Lexington, KY

  • The Golden Pony | Harrisonburg, VA

  • The Kelly Clarkson Show | Los Angeles, CA

  • The Tennessee Theatre | Knoxville, TN

  • CMA Fest | Nashville, TN

  • Higher Ground | Burlington, VT

  • Cafe Lena | Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Caramoor Roots Fest | New York, NY

  • Levitt Amp Festival | Utica, NY

  • Nature Park Amphiteather | Apex, NC

  • Park Theater | Glenn Falls, NY

  • Joe's Pub | New York, NY

  • Lebanon Opera House | Lebanon, NH

  • Levon Helm Studios | Woodstock, NY

  • The Hamilton | Washington, D.C.

  • Park City Music Hall | Bridgeport, CT

  • Avalon Theater | Easton, MD

  • Memorial Hall | Cincinnati, OH

  • The Divide | San Antonio, TX

  • 30A Songwriter Fest | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

  • Milton Theatre | Milton, DE

  • Roswell Cultural Arts Center | Roswell, GA

  • Red Clay Music Foundry | Duluth, GA

  • Six Strings Concerts | Columbus, OH

  • The Basement | Nashville, TN

  • Union Theater | Fayetteville, AK

  • Carnegie Hall | Lewisburg, WV

  • 1857 Hotel | Paducah, KY

  • The Green Room | Memphis

  • Columbia Arts Fest | Columbia, MD

  • Levitt Steal Stacks Pavillion | Bethlehem, PA

  • Folk Fest | Winnipeg, CN

  • Hermitage Museum | Norfolk, VA

Style and Dynamics

Roberta Lea possesses a range of sound and style that can reach a spectrum of listeners. Described as "country-neo-pop with a delicious, folky flair," she's intentional about creating music that can reach the heart of any fan.

The former teacher likens her approach to teaching a class of young students. Her pop radio-friendly singles "Too Much of a Woman" and "Ghetto Country Streets" are like a classroom warm-up to get the crowd quickly engaged with her music. She then uses that connection to draw the audience into the depths of unique stories with powerful lessons found in songs such as "Uniform" and "Dinner, Sunset, Nina Simone."

From classic writer's rounds and open mics, to nationally recognized festivals, Lea knows no limits to the kind of fans she can reach.

Photo Credit: Mitz Rose

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