After relocating to Atlanta in 1996 from Philadelphia, singer/songwriter Doria Roberts stumbled into the legendary Eddie’s Attic Open Mic just hoping to get a chance to play. Instead, she wound up winning its bi-annual shoot out (which has also been won by John Mayer and Jennifer Nettles) .
Three years later, she was chosen to represent Atlanta (again along with Nettles) at the original Lilith Fair in 1999 where she was plucked from the side stage to perform solos with Sarah McLachlan and the Indigo Girls on the Lakewood Amphitheater main stage. She quit her day job the next morning, opted to stay independent as an artist after being courted by major labels and virtually lived on the road performing nearly 150 shows a year and appearing in listening rooms, theaters and festivals across the US, France, Canada, Sweden, Japan and Australia.
She has shared the stage with folk and blues legends The Holmes Brothers, Janis Ian and the late and June Carter Cash, world music darling Angelique Kidjo, Pulizter Prize winning author Alice Walker and Oscar winning actress Jane Fonda as well as pop/R&B favorites Me'shell N'degeocello and Tony Rich and many others. Roberts was also recently chosen for an artist residency sponsored by The Chateauvallon Artist Complex in Ollioules, France which culminated in a five city performance tour in the country’s most revered theaters and art houses.
She has received the International Orfeo Musica Humantarian Award, The Anderson Leadership Award and was nominated for the Colin Higgins Courage Award for lending her music and talent to fundraising and awareness efforts for communities in need around the globe. Through her production company Now You Know Entertainment Group she has organized the original Ladyfest South (benefiting domestic violence), the Queerstock music festival (benefiting youth at risk) and, now, the Farm to Ear Tour, which will highlight and raise funds for food banks around the country.
Doria has independently released six studio projects with international distribution on her own Hurricane Doria Records imprint and most recently released an original musical tribute to Odetta, the late civil rights singer/songwriter and activist who was also a mentor and friend of Roberts’. She raised the funds for the project on the popular crowd sourcing website Kickstarter.com through her loyal fan base. The project, titled “Blackeyed Susan”, will partially benefit The Music Makers Relief Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting elderly blues and roots artists who have fallen on hard times. The CD’s packaging was co-designed by Grammy Award winning artist Susan Archie and Roberts and is housed in both a recycled and re-usable spruce wood box.