Grammy-winning artist Roberta Flack ‘can no longer sing’

Grammy-winning artist Roberta Flack ‘can no longer sing’

Roberta Flack’s representative has confirmed the unfortunate news, that the Grammy-winning musician can no longer sing.

In their confirmation, the Grammy-winning musician has ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and can no longer sing, according to her representative.

The progressive disease ‘has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak,’ Flack’s manager Suzanne Koga said in a release.
She added: ‘But it will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon.’

The announcement of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis is in close proximity to Roberta, a feature-length documentary debuting Thursday at the DOCNYC film festival.

Flack is known for hits like Killing Me Softly With His Song and The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.

The second song mentioned, catapulted her to stardom after Clint Eastwood used it as the soundtrack for a love scene in his 1971 movie Play Misty for Me.

The release says that the Grammy-winning singer and pianist, now 85, ‘plans to stay active in her musical and creative pursuits’

The Antonino D’Ambrosio-directed documentary will be in competition at the festival and available via DOCNYC’s website for a week after, before airing on television Jan. 24 as part of PBS’ American Masters series.

Flack also plans to publish a children’s book co-written with Tonya Bolden, “The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music,” that month.

(Image: La Lutta Productions/PBS)

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