Dublin born singer & songwriter Roberta Howett has a musical background grounded in classical training with The Royal Academy of Music. She first appeared on our screens in 2004, when she reached the live finals of the X-Factor, and was championed by Sharon Osbourne. With the X-Factor complete, she moved to London permanently and began writing music.
In 2008 Roberta put out a taster to radio called Shadows which gained radio play across Irish national radio stations. In 2010, she decided to release her debut single Beautiful Lies independently which entered the Irish Charts at number 23, and download charts at number 20. She now continues to write and release music as a soloist, and works as a session vocalist.
Roberta is a featured artist with Momo, www.tonicastells.com, with whom she has toured throughout Europe, and also features on Bressie’s album Colourblind Stereo, which was released in 2011 and went to number 1 in Ireland. As a session vocalist, Roberta currently sings with Nathan Carter, singing on his number 1 album ‘Beautiful Life’, and has recently started singing with Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, from Westlife and Boyzone, as they join forces as Boyzlife. Previously Roberta has sung for Sharon Corr and Ronan Keating, including live performances at Oxegen and Glastonbury Festivals, and various television shows. She has performed as lead vocalist with many bands over the years, one of which was the house band on RTE’s primetime Saturday night television show ‘Tonight with Craig Doyle‘.
In 2012, Roberta and 3 other girls, Jessica, Aimee and Anara, formed the singing group FanFair. The group first began performing at major Rugby Union games, including performances to a sold out Twickenham stadium, and went on to tour with The Wanted on their sell out arena tour ‘The Code’, throughout the UK and Ireland. Fanfair became brand ambassadors for Collection make up, and their single ‘Mission’ was featured on Collection make up‘s television advert, in which the girls starred. They travelled throughout Europe and recorded with hit producers Arnthor Birgissen and Cutfather.
Roberta continues to write as a soloist now, and released 2 singles in 2015, Broken Wings and Water to Fire. She looks forward to releasing an EP later in 2016.