Her manager hired me and I didn't meet Flack until about two weeks before the telecast was scheduled. She was amazing. Funny. Lovely. Confident. But also unsure as to what she could bring to the table after all of these years. She still was touring and she had just finished a cover of Beatles' tunes. Her first album in years.
When I met her, I asked her about her new album. She told me she lived in the same building in NYC as John Lennon and Yoko Ono. She said, "We shared a wall between our apartments, and I remember John working on this new song that was absolutely amazing. I sat in my reading room and listened to him creating this song."
The song would become "Imagine." One of the most iconic songs ever written and recorded. So I knew, despite her own historic singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly" which became the first time an artist ever won back-to-back GRAMMYs for Record of the Year, I was dealing with a legend.
As I was walking her backstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, people -- even really famous people -- were calling out her name "Roberta! Roberta! I love you!" But it wasn't until we were walking past the GRAMMY official Photo Gallery that we heard a now-familiar voice yelling out: "Roberta! Roberta! I love you so much! You are my hero!!!"
It was Lady Gaga, in a lightening-inspired head dress, that ran out of her photo shoot over to us.
"Lady Gaga, this is Roberta Flack. Roberta Flack, this is Lady Gaga," I said.
The amazing interaction that happened between the two was one of those surreal, life-changing moments. They put their heads together and Gaga said, "I am a classically trained pianist too, and I didn't ever think I could become famous and change the world until I heard you."
Ever the legend, Flack said, "I just love what you do and who you are, Gaga. Keep doing it for us."
At that point, Gaga invited Flack over to the Official Photo Gallery with famed photographer, and my friend, Danny Clinch. The photo above is what he took...and it changed my life...below is what Time Magazine said about my client Ms. Roberta Flack (and after the show I spent some time in her dressing room rubbing her feet....proudly...)
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