Roberta Donnay started singing jazz at age 5. Her first professional gig w/a jazz band was a six month stint w/Dick Oxtot's Golden Age Jazz Band. From there she sang with Tom Keats and His Tom Kats, and continued to earn acclaim for her own style of interpreting jazz standards and blues.
She studied latin jazz, voice, percussion and guitar with a myriad of teachers, mostly teaching herself with records and by going to hear other performers.
As a songwriter, she was writing poetry by age 8, and was composing songs same year she started playing guitar. Her songs were demoed and won her songwriting awards (American Song Festival).
Donnay's first CD "Catch The Wave" (original) was released in 1990, produced by Wayne Wallace. CD release party was held at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. It was the first independent CD released in Bay Area.
Ms. Donnay continued to sing jazz in hotels, festivals, and concerts while she concentrated on writing and developing her style.
Roberta worked with other bands and opened/shared the stage on concerts with other artists including: Ernestine Anderson, Eric Burdon, Richie Cole, Dave Ellis, David Grisman, Dan Hicks, Jonny Lange, Huey Lewis, Eddie Money, Maria Muldaur, Roy Rogers, Booker T., Peter Welker, Lenny Williams, Mitch Woods, and Neil Young.