Roberta Flack Net Worth

Roberta Flack Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Roberta Cleopatra Flack net worth is
$20 Million

Roberta Cleopatra Flack Wiki Biography

Roberta Cleopatra Flack was born on 10 February 1939, in Black Mountain, North Carolina USA, to Irene and Laron LeRoy Flack, both parents being musicians of African-American descent. She is a singer and musician, best known for her hits “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”.

A talented singer, how wealthy is Roberta Flack? Sources state that Flack has earned a net worth of over $20 million, her wealth having been earned mostly through her singing career which now spans almost 50 years.

Roberta Flack Net Worth $20 Million

Flack grew up in Arlington, Virginia and started taking piano lessons at an early age, which enabled her to receive a piano scholarship to Howard University in Washington D.C., where she became an assistant conductor of the university choir. She later continued her music education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherts, Massachusetts. After graduating in 1958 with a B.A. in music education, she taught music and English in Farmville, North Carolina. She also sang in various clubs, where she was eventually discovered by jazz musician Les McCann, who arranged a record deal for her with Atlantic Records.

Flack’s first two albums, the 1969 “First Time” and the 1970 “Chapter Two” both received positive reviews, and selling over one million copies each. However, her breakthrough came with “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, her adaption of Ewan MacColl’s song on her third, 1972 album “Quiet Fire”, after the song was used in the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood’s movie “Play Misty For Me”. It became the biggest hit of 1972, and the #1 single which earned Flack a million-selling Gold disc as well as a Grammy Award. Her popularity boosted and her net worth started to rise.

Flack continued to score hits, such as her chart-topping singles “Killing Me Softly with His Song” for which she received a Grammy Award, and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, as well as her duets with Donny Hathaway “You’ve Got a Friend”, “The Closer I Get to You” and “Where Is the Love”, earning another Grammy for the latter song. In the meantime, she launched her own music production and publishing company, and went on to compose and produce soundtracks for television and motion pictures, such as for the film “Bustin’ Loose” and “Sudden Impact”. All added to her wealth.

After Hathaway’s death in 1979, Flack teamed up with Peabo Bryson, scoring a hit with their 1983 duet “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love”. Her next hit was the 1991 duet with Maxi Priest, “Set the Night to Music”. In 1999, she received a Star on Hollywood’s legendary Walk of Fame.

The following years Flack spent touring and performing, and released several albums. Her most recent recording was her 2012 album of Beatles coverings, entitled “Let It Be Roberta”, and she is currently working on another Beatles album. Flack’s music has made her a performer of legendary status and has enabled her to amass a significant wealth. It has also earned her various awards and honors throughout her career.

When it comes to her personal life, Flack was married to jazz bassist Steve Novosel from 1966 to 1972. She has one child, the rhythm and blues musician Bernard Wright. Flack is deeply involved in charity. Aside from her numerous performances for charity causes, she has founded the Roberta Flack School of Music, focused on providing a free music education program to underprivileged students. She is a member of the Artist Empowerment Coalition, advocating the artists’ rights to control their creative properties, and a spokeswoman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Full NameRoberta Flack
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 10, 1937
Place Of BirthBlack Mountain, North Carolina, United States
Height5' 3" (1.6 m)
ProfessionSinger, musician, actress
EducationHoward University, University of Massachusetts in Amherts, Massachusetts
SpouseStephen Novosel (m. 1966–1972)
ChildrenBernard Wright
ParentsIrene and Laron LeRoy Flack
AwardsAmerican Music Awards (1974), Grammy Awards for Record of the Year/Best Pop Vocal Performance/Best Pop Vocal Performance (1972-1974)
Record LabelsAtlantic, Angel/Capitol, RAS/429/Sony/ATV
Albums"Let it Be Roberta" (2012), "I'm the One" (1982), "Oasis" (1988), "The Christmas Album" (1997), "Feel Like Makin' Love" (1975), "Quiet Fire" (1972)
NominationsHollywood Walk of Fame (1999), North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (2009)
Movies"Play Misty For Me" (1971), "Sudden Impact" (1983), "Bustin’ Loose" (1981)
1Lengthy recordings of songs that tend to run 5 minutes or more
2Smooth silky soulful voice
1Women have to do twice the work of male rock singers such as The Rolling Stones. We have to sing, play instruments and get accustomed to walking out on stage in high heels. Never mind the pressures of your image. If something goes wrong on my stage in any way, from sound to style, nobody can blame a band member. It's Roberta Flack who gets the rap and looks bad! I'm the one on the bill alone, with no gang of boys or crew behind me.
1Longtime friend and next-door neighbor at Manhattan's Dakota apartment building is Yoko Ono.
2One of her "star pupils" was a young musician by the name of Richard Smallwood who went on to become one of the most celebrated name's in gospel music.
3Originally, she wanted to be a concert pianist.
4Her song, "Killing Me Softly" (1969), was a tribute to "American Pie" singer Don McLean. It was first recorded by folk singer/songwriter Lori Lieberman, who saw Don McLean in concert and wrote a poem based on her experience. The songwriting team of Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox turned Lori's poem into a song. Lori's original was followed in order by versions by Anne Murray, Bobby Goldsboro and Perry Como, all three of which predated Flack's recording. Roberta was on a plane when she happened to listen to Lori Lieberman's original version of the song, and knew she wanted to record it when she landed. Then, it was released as a single and it became a smash hit.
5Mentioned in the song "My Lovely Man" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
6In 1973, there were press reports that Flack was going to star in a film biography of blues singer Bessie Smith, with a script by Lonne Elder III, to be directed by Gordon Parks. The film was never made.
7Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
8Ranked #45 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
9She sang the theme song to the popular television series Valerie's Family: The Hogans (1986), later called "The Hogan Family", entitled "Together Through the Years". This song sung by Flack was used for the show's entire six year run (1986-1991)
10Her song, "Killing Me Softly" (1973), was a tribute to American Pie singer Don McLean.
11Her song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", was included on the jazz-tinged soundtrack for Clint Eastwood's 1971 film titled Play Misty for Me (1971).
12After Donny Hathaway committed suicide in 1979, she started touring with Peabo Bryson in 1980, scoring a hit duet: "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" (1983).
13She sang popular duets with Howard University classmate, Donny Hathaway: 'Where Is The Love?' (1972), 'The Closer I Get To You' (1978), 'You Are My Heaven' (1980) and 'Come Ye Disconsolate.'
14After a period of student teaching, she was discovered singing and playing jazz in a Washington nightclub by pianist Les McCann, who recommended her talents to Atlantic Records, in the late 1960s.
15She graduated from Howard University with a BA in Music.
16She was the daughter of a church organist (her father) and started playng piano early enough to get a music scholarship to Howard University.
17She was born into a musical family.
18She is known as a singer of soulful jazz and pop ballads.

Music Department

Valerie's Family: The Hogans1986-1991TV Series singer - 110 episodes
Bustin' Loose1981composer: original songs / singer: original songs
The Tiny Tree1975TV Short music arranger: theme song / music producer: theme song
Miss Gaby1972Short music by


Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising2016performer: "ON MY BLOCK" / writer: "ON MY BLOCK"
Scandal2016TV Series performer - 2 episodes
American Crime Story2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.2015performer: "Compared To What"
Mad Men2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Stalker2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
X-Men: Days of Future Past2014performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
The Americans2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Violet & Daisy2011performer: "Go Up Moses", "See You Then" / writer: "Go Up Moses"
EastEnders2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Life as We Know It2010performer: "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"
So You Think You Can Dance2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cuéntame2008TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ten2007performer: "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love", "I Just Came Here to Dance", "You're Lookin' Like Love to Me"
The Pursuit of Happyness2006performer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" 1969
Everybody Hates Chris2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Martha2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Gospel2005performer: "The Closer I Get to You"
Songwriters Hall of Fame2004TV Movie performer: "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
My Baby's Daddy2004performer: "On My Block" / writer: "On My Block"
Honey2003writer: "My Block"
Six Feet Under2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Two Weeks Notice2002performer: "Where Is The Love"
Essence Awards2002TV Movie documentary performer: "A Woman's Worth"
India.Arie: Up Close and Personal2002TV Movie performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
Roberta Flack in Concert2002Video performer: "Why Don't You Move In With Me", "The Closer I Get To You", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Reverend Lee", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
The Ladies Man2000performer: "The Closer I Get to You"
Winter Solstice on Ice1999TV Movie documentary performer: "The Gift"
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hasards ou coïncidences1998performer: "For All We Know"
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas1997Video performer: "As Long As There's Christmas End Title"
Boogie Nights1997performer: "Compared to What"
The 1997 World Music Awards1997TV Special performer: "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
Killer Condom1996performer: "Killing Me Softly"
New York Undercover1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Waiting to Exhale1995performer: "It Might Be You"
Let It Be Me1995performer: "Let It Be Me"
The Oprah Winfrey Show1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Today1994-1995TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dangerous Touch1994performer: "WHEN YOU WANT ME"
David Foster's Christmas Album1993TV Special performer: "I'll Be Home For Christmas
The Arsenio Hall Show1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Loving1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guiding Light1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wogan1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Flight of the Intruder1991performer: "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey1989TV Movie performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll1988TV Movie performer: "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "The Closer I Get To You"
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern1987TV Movie performer: "Bill", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"
Someone to Watch Over Me1987performer: "SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME"
A Capitol Fourth1987TV Movie performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
Shades of Love: Sincerely, Violet1987Video performer: "Tonight I Celebrate My Love"
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood1986TV Special performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
America Votes the #1 Song1986TV Movie performer: "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
Valerie's Family: The Hogans1986TV Series performer: "Through The Years"
The Best of Times1986performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
White Nights1985performer: "People On A String" / producer: "People On A String"
Body Rock1984performer: "One Thing Leads To Another"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973-1984TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Sudden Impact1983performer: "THIS SIDE OF FOREVER"
Another World1983TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Salute!1983TV Series performer - 1 episode
Romantic Comedy1983performer: "Maybe"
Solid Gold1982TV Series performer - 1 episode
Making Love1982performer: "MAKING LOVE"
Tomorrow Coast to CoastTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1981 writer - 1 episode, 1981
Bustin' Loose1981performer: "Just When I Needed You", "You Stopped Loving Me", "Love Always Commands", "Hittin' Me Where It Hurts", "The Children's Song", "Lovin' You Is Such An Easy Thang To Do" / writer: "Just When I Needed You", "Qual E Malindrinho Why Are You So Bad", "Love Always Commands", "Rollin' On", "The Children's Song", "Ballad For D"
Soundstage1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
The John Davidson Show1980TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops1980TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Fur Trap1978performer: "Where is the Love?" - uncredited
Direktion City1977TV Series performer - 1 episode
Greased Lightning1977performer: "Maybe Tomorrow"
The Tiny Tree1975TV Short arranger: "To Love And Be Loved", "When Autumn Comes" / performer: "To Love And Be Loved", "When Autumn Comes" / producer: "To Love And Be Loved", "When Autumn Comes"
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell1975TV Series performer - 1 episode
Let the Church Say Amen!1974Documentary performer: "Mood" / writer: "Mood"
Huckleberry Finn1974performer: "Freedom"
Free to Be... You & Me1974TV Movie performer: "When We Grow Up"
Save the Children1973Documentary performer: "On a Clear Day"
Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever1973TV Movie performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "River", "Jesse", "Summer Breeze", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "No Tears In The End"
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV Special performer: "Lush Life", "Mood Indigo"
Take a Giant Step1973TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Old Grey Whistle Test1973TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sex Prophet1973performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - uncredited
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert1972TV Movie performer: "Reverend Lee", "Somewhere"
Evening at Pops1972TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
$1971performer: "Brooks' 50¢ Tour", "When You're Smiling The Whole World Smiles With You"
Play Misty for Me1971performer: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
Boboquivari1971TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Soul to Soul1971Documentary performer: "Trying Times"
Monsanto Presents Mancini1971/ITV Special performer: "Too Little Time Love Theme from The Glenn Miller Story"
Flip1971TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Rosey Grier Show1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Mike Douglas Show1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Third Bill Cosby Special1970TV Special documentary performer: "Tryin' Times", "God Bless The Children"


Mild Seven Videography1989TV SeriesGuest Interview
Michael Jackson: Bad1987Video shortDarryl's mother
The Wiz1978The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice, uncredited)
Renaldo and Clara1978Guest Artist
The Legend of John Henry1974ShortNarrator (voice)


Violet & Daisy2011special thanks


Wake Up2006Documentary shortNarrator
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Martha2006TV SeriesHerself
20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Songwriters Hall of Fame2004TV MovieHerself
20/202003TV Series documentaryHerself
48 Hours2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Good Morning America2003TV SeriesHerself
Essence Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
India.Arie: Up Close and Personal2002TV MovieHerself
Journeys in Black2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Roberta Flack in Concert2002VideoHerself
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'2002DocumentaryHerself
1999 Essence Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1998TV SeriesHerself
The 1997 World Music Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesHerself
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory1995Video documentaryDaryl's mother (segment "Bad")
The Oprah Winfrey Show1995TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual American Music Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
Today1970-1995TV SeriesHerself
Angela1994TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee / Singer
This Morning1994TV SeriesHerself
CBS This Morning1991-1993TV SeriesHerself
David Foster's Christmas Album1993TV SpecialHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1992-1993TV SeriesHerself
The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special1993TV SpecialHerself
Loving1993TV SeriesHerself
Guiding Light1992TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael1992TV SeriesHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
Arts & Entertainment Revue1992TV SeriesHerself
The 19th Annual American Music Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
Charlie Rose1991TV SeriesHerself
Wogan1984-1991TV SeriesHerself
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia1990TV MovieHerself
Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey1989TV MovieHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1989TV SeriesHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989TV SeriesHerself
The 16th Annual American Music Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Season's Greetings: An Evening with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra1988TV MovieHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1988TV SpecialHerself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHerself
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll1988TV MovieHerself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special1988TV MovieHerself
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern1987TV MovieHerself
Great Performances1987TV SeriesHerself
A Capitol Fourth1987TV MovieHerself
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood1986TV SpecialHerself
America Votes the #1 Song1986TV MovieHerself - Singer
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
Cover Story1985TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1984TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1983TV SeriesHerself
Another World1983TV SeriesHerself
Thicke of the Night1983TV SeriesHerself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHerself
Solid Gold1981-1982TV SeriesHerself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHerself
Music Central1981TV MovieHerself
Soundstage1981TV SeriesHerself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Saturday Night1979TV MovieHerself
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell1975TV SeriesHerself
The NewsCenter1975TV SeriesHerself
Donahue1975TV SeriesHerself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself
Free to Be... You & Me1974TV MovieHerself / Young Girl
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards1974TV SpecialHerself
American Music Awards1974TV SpecialHerself
Save the Children1973DocumentaryHerself
Flipside1973TV Series documentaryHerself
Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever1973TV MovieHerself - Host
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV SpecialHerself
Take a Giant Step1973TV SeriesHerself
The Old Grey Whistle Test1973TV SeriesHerself
Top of the Pops1972TV SeriesHerself
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert1972TV MovieHerself
The New Bill Cosby Show1972TV SeriesHerself
Flip1971-1972TV SeriesHerself
Evening at Pops1972TV Series documentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHerself
The 14th Annual Grammy Awards1972TV SpecialHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1970-1971TV SeriesHerself
Boboquivari1971TV Series documentaryHerself
Soul to Soul1971DocumentaryHerself
Monsanto Presents Mancini1971/ITV SpecialSinger
The Rosey Grier Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
Dial M for Music1970TV SeriesHerself
The Third Bill Cosby Special1970TV Special documentaryHerself
Soul!1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
Black Journal1969TV SeriesHerself
Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story2014TV MovieHerself
Whitney Houston & Her Family: Voices of Love2012DocumentaryHerself
Fox News Sunday2012TV SeriesHerself - Power Player of the Week
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Close Up2009TV SeriesHerself
9am with David & Kim2009TV SeriesHerself
Marcus Miller: Master of All Trades2006Herself

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Night Flight1982TV SeriesHerself

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