Jim Roberti started his musical career as a drummer/singer at age ten, teaching himself piano, bass and guitar throughout his school years. Throughout the past 20 + years Jim has evolved into a well-rounded, independent musician with a hectic gigging schedule averaging 250 shows per year and four self-financed and produced CDs. Roberti is also known for his ability to emulate a wide variety of other singers’ voices, his eagerness to please crowds and his association with other multi-talented musicians.
Although Roberti has always written and recorded songs, his career as an artist and songwriter started in earnest with a four-piece band called Ark of Puppets, which was based in Northeastern PA in the early 90’s. With the release of a 5 song EP called Feel Say Be Live (1993) people took notice of Roberti’s songwriting talent. With the breakup of the band, Roberti started writing songs for a homespun album that would soon be known as Yellow (1995). Although Yellow was recorded only on a four-track cassette machine and released only on cassette, it has a unique creative quality and some truly inspired songs.
Roberti then began work on a self-produced and financed disc called Maybaby (1997). A virtual musical resume, Roberti plays all instruments (with few exceptions) and co-produced, co-mixed the disc. Maybaby contains the song “Sister’s Lament”, a crowd favorite.
In 1998 Roberti made his first TV appearance on BRCTV channel 13’s Coffee Break with Kim Bell. He also joined NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) and was one of 47 acts picked out of 500 applicants to showcase at the NACA East Coast Conference in October of ’98.
June 1st, 1999 saw the release of Blend, the much-anticipated follow-up to Maybaby. Produced, written and arranged by Roberti, he also plays all instruments except drums (Paul Cipriano) on Blend. The songs “Aberration” and “Love Myself” are favorites that round out an otherwise well-crafted, thoughtful CD.
In 2000 and 2001 Roberti wrote a column called Survival Tips for Musicians for Northeastern Pennsylvania-based music rag Music Head Magazine. The column was designed to make social and practical commentary on a variety of situations that arise for live musicians while on the job. Excerpts of the Survival Tips for Musicians series have been reprinted in What! A Magazine, a Canadian teen publication that is distributed to over 1,000 high schools throughout Canada.
In December of 2002 Roberti released his latest disc Soul Kiss, a collection of ten new originals. Roberti recorded Soul Kiss with three other musicians and long-time friends (Gary Wehrkamp, Paul Cipriano, Kevin Leggieri). Jim’s collaborative efforts with these fine musicians gave Soul Kiss an additional dose of musicality and substance. In the short time since its release, Soul Kiss has re-solidified Roberti’s reputation as a notable independent singer/songwriter.
Roberti is currently playing five nights a week, writing songs for an acoustic cd to follow up Soul Kiss and pitching songs for placement in TV, movies, etc.
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Congratulations RadioINDY.com GOLD ARTIST!!
|POSTED BY: radioindy||POSTED ON: 08 Mar 2004 03:31 PM|
You have been awarded our top honor - The Gold Artist Award - We plan to feature your outstanding songs on our RadioINDY Gold Artist Music Stream - Good Job!