February 10, 1937 (age 83)
Roberta Flack Net Worth Summary
Roberta Flack net worth is $20 million.
ROBERTA FLACK Basic Information
Roberta Cleopatra Flack
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February 10, 1937 (age 83)
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12, January, 1964 (64 Years)
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ROBERTA FLACK Education Qualifications
Browne Junior High School
Rabaut Junior High School
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Who Is ROBERTA FLACK
Roberta Flack is an American singer and musician who has a net worth of $20 million. Roberta Flack was born in February of 1937 and is best known for her work in American music, including the jazz, R&B, and folk music genres. Throughout her career, Flack had a number of number one hits, some of which are still recognizable today, such as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Killing Me Softly with His Song, Feel Like Makin' Love, Where Is the Love, and The Closer I Get to You. The latter two were duets with fellow singer, Donny Hathaway, which were highly acclaimed. The duo sang other duets together as well. Roberta Flack net worth is $20 million. After winning a Grammy Award for song of the year in 1973, for The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, she again won in 1974 for Killing Me Softly With His Song. She is the first artist to ever do so. In fact, to date, she's the only solo artist to ever win back-to-back Grammy's for this category. Only one band has also achieved this feat. Flack married Stephen Novosel in 1966, though the two were divorced later in 1972. She is also aunt of Rory Flack Burghart, a professional ice skater. Roberta Flack net worth is $20 million.
Roberta Flack' Family :
She married Steve Novosel in 1965 and they divorced in 1972.
Roberta Flack' Education:
Roberta Flack graduated from the Howard University at the age of 19. She enrolled for further studies but had to drop out and take up a teaching job in North Carolina due to her father's sudden death. Later she moved to Washington, D.C. and taught at Browne Junior High and Rabaut Junior High.
Roberta Flack' Career in Finance:
During this time, she also started performing at Washington, D.C. nightclubs. Her voice teacher, Frederick ‘Wilkie’ Wilkerson, advised her to pursue a career in pop music instead of classical. She followed her teacher’s advice and started gaining attention.
In 1968, she was hired to perform at Mr. Henry's Restaurant in Washington, DC. The locals appreciated her singing and people from other towns also came to listen to her performance.
Soon jazz musician Les McCann discovered her and arranged an audition for her with Atlantic Records. At the audition, she played 42 songs in three hours and was promptly signed.
In February 1969, she recorded her debut album ‘First Take’ in ten hours for Atlantic Records. When filmmaker Clint Eastwood used one of the tracks—‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’—from the album in his 1971 film ‘Play Misty for Me’, the song became a chartbuster. He paid $2,000 to use the song.
In 1972, she began singing duets with singer and friend Donny Hathaway. Both the duets ‘Where Is the Love’ from their album ‘Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’ in 1972 and ‘The Closer I Get to You’ from her album ‘Blue Lights in the Basement’ in 1978 sold over a million copies each and were certified gold.
In 1974, she sang the lead song ‘Freedom’ in the movie ‘Huckleberry Finn’. With Hathaway's sudden death in 1979, she started looking for a new partner. Eventually, she teamed up with R&B and soul singer Peabo Bryson in 1980.
Her solo hit song ‘Making Love’ in 1982 was used as the title track of the film with the same name. Her first duet with Peabo Bryson was ‘Tonight, I Celebrate My Love’ in 1983. The song, however, did not enjoy much success, reaching only number 5 on the R&B chart. The next two duets with Bryson, ‘You're Looking Like Love To Me’ and ‘I Just Came Here To Dance,’ did better on AC radio than on pop radio.
In 1983, she recorded music for Dirty Harry’s film ‘Sudden Impact’. In 1986, she sang ‘Together Through the Years’ for NBC series ‘Valerie’. The theme song was used in the show across six seasons.
Roberta Flack' Net Worth Details & History:
Roberta Flack’s song ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1972 and stayed there for six weeks. It reached number 14 on the UK singles chart. Its parent album, ‘First Take,’ released on Atlantic Records, also peaked at number 1 on the US albums chart.
The single ‘Killing Me Softly with His Song’ was another major success in her career. It became the number one hit in the US, Denmark, Finland, France, and Germany among other countries. Its parent album was certified double platinum.
In 1974, she released the single ‘Feel Like Makin' Love’ a few months before the release of the parent album of the same name. It was her last song that reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It stayed at the top for one week. The success of this song also made her the first female vocalist to top the chart for three consecutive years.
Her 1988 album ‘Oasis’ did not enjoy much commercial success but the title track reached number 1 on the R&B chart. In 1991, her single ‘Set the Night to Music’, a duet with English singer Maxi Priest became a super hit.
Over the next ten years, her career slowed down. She released the album ‘Roberta’ in 1994 and ‘The Christmas Album’ in 1997. Both the albums couldn’t register any considerable impact. The 2003 album ‘Holiday’ was just a re-release of her 1997 Christmas album. In 2012, the album ‘Let it Be Roberta’ featuring the Beatles’ covers was released.