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Sterlen Roberts Biography


14 March 2008 No Comment

In a landscape that’s become stark and with many thirsting for an epiphany in the realm of sound there are few who can truly match what musical artist Sterlen Roberts has accomplished during his budding career. With his new single “She Works” gaining nationwide attention, the rapper-producer-musician extraordinaire wastes no time explaining what he feels is at the core of his hunger to produce, spit lyrically and literally breathe music. “When you come from where I come from and when you feel the way I do about music, it’s as if there has never been any other choice but to do everything in my power, spend every waking moment, pursuing my destiny.” The son of a Grammy nominated gospel writer/producer, Sterlen taught himself how to play the keys and drums, master the MPC, seduce the Motif. With the love of music running through his veins he systematically tackled instruments without an instructor and without a guidebook. He taught himself in the vacuum he created, the world where he as a producer dictates what sounds make it to the final cut.

Sterl – so called by his friends – has not been solely concentrating on his own craft, he has diligently sought out other artists in his field knowing that to do so would only expand his knowledge base and experience. Keyshia Cole, Flo-Rida, Latoya London and Flava Flav, are just some of the many industry heavy hitters that Sterlen has collaborated with. In addition to performers Sterl studied extensively under Devante Swing of Jodeci fame in the same environment that nurtured the likes of Missy Elliot and Timbaland, fine company for an aspiring, multi-talented artist like Sterl. All of the hard work paid off and is reflected by the quality of the beats he produces, mixing classical piano with hard hitting timps and drums – not to mention that the crowd is equally impressed to find this rapper not only knows how to rock a crowd but can enlighten them with solo piano performances as well, making him one of the only artists to rap and play the piano live in concert.

Born in the city of Oakland, CA, Sterlen Roberts grew up in a Pentecostal household where church played an important role. This is evident in the strains of gospel that erupt in the production he creates, staying true to his roots. While still in high school Sterlen dedicated himself to the 8×12 room where he honed his prowess as an intellectual entrepreneur, not just an artist who has others create for him. It was this kind of dedication that led MTL Records to sign Sterlen and create the vehicle to launch him to stardom. “I have never seen an artist like Sterlen, he is so talented, its almost as if he can do anything, he can perform, dance, rap, produce, write, he can even layout his own CD cover, he is that creative and gifted. There is no doubt in my mind that with our team and his talent, MTL records and Sterlen Roberts will be a force to be reckoned with”, says Todd DiMartino, CEO of MTL Records.

Sterlen Roberts is now on the cusp of his breakout album self-entitled “Eulogy of Sterlen Roberts” which is already gaining a buzz with underground DJ’s and radio stations across the nation. His new single “She Works” is in heavy rotation and with his new album dropping, Sterlen knows he is on the verge of the rest of his life. “I always knew this day would come, I just didn’t know when. I really feel that nothing can stop me”, says Sterl of his impending success. There is no doubt that this is the beginning of one of the brightest careers to erupt on the music scene in years and Sterlen Roberts is ready for the challenge. “All I need is my chance to shine, give me that and I’m golden.” – Sterlen Roberts.


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