Dublin born singer & songwriter Roberta Howett has a musical background grounded in classical training with The Royal Academy of Music, which started at the age of just six. Between the ages of ten and fifteen, Roberta was a Feis Ceoil winner multiple times across choral, solo vocalist and piano categories, and during her early teens, she performed as a solo lead vocalist in Dublin’s world renowned National Concert Hall.
Roberta first appeared on our screens in 2004, when she reached the live finals of the X-Factor. Over 50,000 applicants applied for the series & she sang her way to become one of the final 9, receiving accolades from Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and ultimately being championed by Sharon Osbourne.
With the X-Factor complete, Roberta moved to London permanently to gain further experience and develop her own composing skills. In 2008, she put out a taster to radio called Shadows which gained radio play on national Irish radio station Today FM (song of the week) and many local stations. Ray Foley from Today FM chose Shadows to feature on Downloadmusic.ie’s innovative best of unsigned Irish Artists ‘USB Key’ compilation album. In February 2010, Roberta decided to release her debut single Beautiful Lies independently which entered the Irish Charts at number 23, and download charts at number 20.
Roberta is a featured artist with Momo, www.tonicastells.com, with whom she has toured throughout Europe. She also features on Bressie’s debut solo album Colourblind Stereo, which was released in 2011 and went to number 1 in Ireland. As a session vocalist, Roberta has sung vocals in studio and live for Sharon Corr and Ronan Keating, including performances at Oxegen Festival, Glastonbury Festival and BBC’s Children in Need, and more recently on Nathan Carter’s Number 1 album ‘Beautiful Life’. You may also have seen her perform on RTE’s hit Saturday night talk show ‘Tonight with Craig Doyle‘ as the lead vocalist in the house band.
Having spent her last four years in London, she was one of four girls who made up the singing group FanFair. The group first began performing at major Rugby Union games, including a performance 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 TV advert, in which the girls starred.
Roberta cites Minni Ripperton, Kate Bush and Florence Welch as influences on her singing career to date, focusing clearly on the emotion of a song. She continues to write as a soloist and for other artists, having recently released her singles ‘Water to Fire’ and ‘Broken Wings’ earlier this year.