Pictured at the signing at BMI Nashville are BMI's Del Bryant, EMI's Gary Overton and BMI's David Preston. Photo by Steve Lowry
Roberts grew up singing country music in Lancaster, South Carolina, performing in plays, choirs and camps. She spent four summers working in music shows at Carowinds, a theme park in Charlotte, and later at Dollywood. After attending the University of South Carolina, Lancaster, for two years, she transferred to Belmont University in Nashville and formed a band. After graduation she continued to write and perform, but to pay the bills began working at Mercury Nashville, first as receptionist and later as assistant to Chairman Luke Lewis. In 2003, producer Brent Rowan met with Lewis to play new songs from several artists, Roberts among them; after the listening session, Lewis learned that the singer he wanted to meet was actually his assistant, and she was soon offered a record deal.