Roberta's first record contract was with Atlantic Records.
Roberta started playing the piano at the age of 9.
Roberta ranked #45 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
She resides at the famous "Dakota" apartment house in New York City, which was also the residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
She discovered the African American musical heritage when she heard Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke sing in a black Baptist church to which her family did not belong.
In 1996, The Fugees famously covered Roberta's hit single "Killing Me Softly with His Song".
She matriculated at Howard University at the age of 15, making her one of the youngest students ever to enroll there.
Roberta is a member of the Artist Empowerment Coalition, which advocates the right of artists to control their creative properties.
She became the first black student teacher at an all-white school near Chevy Chase, Maryland.
She is known as a singer of soulful jazz and pop ballads.
She was discovered singing and playing jazz in a Washington nightclub by pianist Les McCann.
She graduated from Howard University with a BA in Music.
She was born into a musical family.
She and Donny made an album of duets together.
She was accepted to Howard University on a full music scholarship.
In 1999, a star with her name was placed on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She is the aunt of the professional ice skater Rory Flack Burghardt.
She has done many duets with fellow R&B singer Donny Hathaway.