She regularly appears at gospel, jazz and folk festivals throughout the States, Canada and Europe but is particularly fond of appearing at the prestigious Augusta, Atlanta ‘Black Cultural Heritage Festival’ where she has become a fixture. She has recorded three CD’s, two for her own Kobie Label; ‘From Generation to Generation’ and ‘Christ is Back’ and one for the Swiss Blueshouse imprint. The latter was used to promote a Swiss Blues/Gospel festival and is as rare as hen’s teeth. She also recorded a couple of tracks for Smithsonian/Folkways, which were released on a gospel compilation and featured on the Paul Jones’ show last year. Two TV documentaries have been made about her work and in 1995 she became a member of the Commission of Arts and Humanities. As if this were not enough this energetic lady also teaches gospel singing and piano.
Delnora Roberts was born and raised in Elkin, West Virginia on the 19th January 1952 and was also immersed in church music at an early age. By the time she started school she was already a seasoned singer and she regularly sang in groups throughout her schooling. These included the regionally famous ’Creamer Singers’ and the ’John Adams Madrigals’ both of whom she recorded with. At church she learnt washboard, bones and tambourine and at school she took up the guitar and piano. In 1969 she was singing in Morgantown, West Virginia and met Ethel who asked her to join the Caffie-Austin group with whom she has been singing and playing off and on with ever since. Around 1980 she took over management for the group and in her ’spare’ time teaches gospel percussion - particularly the tambourine