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Roberta Kelly
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BIO
© 2011 Roberta Kelly
Meanwhile, Giorgio Moroder kept faith in Roberta and recorded the single "Love Power". In January 1976, he recorded four more songs with her (Roberta recorded the vocals in just one day!) and released Roberta's debut LP ”Trouble Maker” within one month with the title track as her new single. Although it didn’t match the success Donna Summer was enjoying with "Love To Love You Baby", it was a Top 10 hit in Italy and France, selling more than 100,000 copies.

In 1977, the second album Giorgio Moroder presented with Roberta Kelly – “Zodiac Lady” a concept album with the single "Zodiacs" giving the singer a big disco hit, world-wide.

Her 1978 album “Gettin' the Spirit”, was co-produced by Giorgio Moroder and Bob Esty. The album played non-stop on both sides, fusing Moroder's unique disco sound with gospel. Side 1 contained three cover versions, Edwin Hawkins's "Oh Happy Day" and "To My Father's House", and George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord". Side 2 contained three original recordings. The album wasn't a commercial success, yet PolyGram released it on CD in 1989 for the gospel market.
In 1978, Roberta also recorded, and wrote the text to a tribute single for the new pope, "John Paul the Second". Music composed by, Michael Holm as well as Produced.

Parting from Casablanca Records and Moroder, Roberta’s fourth album ”Roots Can Be Anywhere” in the late 1980’s, was produced by Michael Holm. The album was no longer an international release. Fusing ethnic styles and pop, it was a commercial flop.

She teamed with Moroder's sound engineer, Jürgen Koppers for the more conventional pop album “Tell Me” and the single "Patty Cake". While commercial success eluded her once again, she left Germany, for a four year hiatus in America.

Ten years later, she returned to Gemany and suddenly re-appeared with the gospel album “Sound Of Colour”, produced by Horst Haubrich, and recorded by Arnel Cosca. The recording sessions were held Germany, as well as in Los Angeles. Nowadays, Roberta is still an active performing artist, especially in the Europe scene. In 2008 Roberta and Arnel Cosca produced and launched a new single called "America” (The Sound of Colour Realized) which is a re-make of her 1995 album title song, inspired by the first African American President - Barack Obama, whom she had the honour of shaking hands with in Berlin, and later singing, at the after party for the committee of the Americans Abroad, her song.

In 2009, Roberta left Germany and moved to Israel for awhile, which she claims changed her life forever.
Roberta Kelly lives presently in Munich, and is the proud mother of daughter Kelli and grandmother of grandson Majazz.



BIOGRAPHY

Roberta Kelly was born in New Mexico (November 23) but raised in Los Angeles. Roberta Kelly went to Germany in the early 70’s, where the artistic environment, especially in Munich, was blossoming at the time. She became a personal friend of fellow American Donna Summer in 1974 and was introduced to her producer Giorgio Moroder who recorded her first single "Kung Fu's Back Again", very reminiscent of Carl Douglas' contemporary hit Kung Fu Fighting.

Next she worked with four other singers (Betsy Allen, Jackie Carter, Lucy Neale & Gitta Walther) for producers Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay late 1974/early 1975 on their project Silver Convention. When "Fly, Robin, Fly" later became a German hit single, world-wide and also hit the 1 spot on Billboard, Roberta was devastated to see the assembled Silver Convention line-up of Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf and Linda G. Thompson miming to her vocals, even picking up a Grammy for the record.