Meet the Board: David Roberts

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David Roberts is baritone for the group Straight No Chaser. After graduation he worked in Chicago before performing on cruise ships. While at sea, Roberts was accepted into Fordham University's Graduate School of Business. In 2003, he landed in NYC where he earned an MBA in Finance and began working for a global bank in the city.  In December 2007, Straight No Chaser’s "12 Days of Christmas" went viral, earning them a meeting with Craig Kallman at Atlantic Records. Roberts was thrilled to return to a music-centered life. With an education that positioned him to assist SNC in navigating the choppy waters of the music business, he took on the Business Manager role in addition to his performing role. Roberts lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

What was your first live music experience?

John Mellencamp in Market Square Arena, downtown Indy. Hey, I'm a Hoosier. 

The quote I live my life by is… 

"All things in moderation... Including moderation," Orson Wells.

If you could write one new law that everyone had to obey, what law would you create?

Casual Friday's.

What is your favorite thing about the Chicago music scene?

Diversity. Of genres, of venues. 

What is your favorite GRAMMY moment?

So many, hard to find a favorite! The 2012 Bruno performance was pretty sick, so was Hudson's Tribute to Whitney. Last year's Gaga/Bennett and Sheeran/ Mayer performances. And of course, Hamilton.

Why did you choose your profession?

It chose me. 

What are your 2 favorite albums? 

Night Visions, Imagine Dragons

Room for Squares, John Mayer



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Rich Coleman

Kristin, great info / background. Let me know how I can help. I'm promoting the Musicares "Above the Influence" National Drug Facts Week, reaching out to students throughout MI to submit music videos. Looking forward to helping the chapter. Let me know if you pass through MI, I'm tooling up to bring my cable television show back this year, love to have you on. Rich

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