Class of 1980
A native of New York and former Middletown High graduate, Roberto studied music composition under the direction of renown Composer and Conductor, Gundaris Pone' and business at the State University of New York at New Paltz earning his Bachelor of Science Degree. A year-end internship with the Music Director Leon Pendarvis, of the famed “Saturday Night Live” Show, opened a world of adventure, new opportunities and inspiration in a career that would eventually associate him with the highest level in the entertainment world.
Shortly after graduation Roberto jetted to Los Angeles, California for a change in weather and scenery. Working with the management team of 9 time Grammy Winner and Oscar Nominee, Gospel Singer and Songwriter Andrae Crouch, Roberto would later find in himself in the studio performing as vocalist for industry greats, Michael Jackson, Julio Iglesias, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Thomas Dolby and many more. Being involved in projects with sales reaching over 100 million copies worldwide, Roberto has earned many Gold and Platinum Record Awards and has performed on the Annual Grammy Music Awards with an estimated viewing audience of over one billion with Whitney Houston, George Benson, Michael Jackson and a stunning array of other performers.
In 2012 Roberto experienced approximately 10 releases in film and music resulting in a banner year in entertainment. Most notable in film is the release of the feature film entitled, “For The Love Of Money” Starring James Caan. A popular music video for the European group, The Snow Patrol, Roberto performed as the featured drummer in the classic video entitled, “In The End.”
Even more impressive, with the release of Michael Jackson’s Anniversary Edition, BAD 25, as a former session singer, Roberto’s photo is featured in the centerfold in a group photo under the title, “Man In The Mirror” where he also performed vocals. During the summer of 2012 he was invited to work with Spike Lee in contributing to the production of the documentary, BAD 25 and is expected to be featured there as well. Broadcast rights have been sold to the ABC TV Network and is set to air on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
Despite his busy schedule, Roberto was able to complete and score 45 recordings for film and television as well as two vocal ready theme songs.
Entertainment has become a family affair for Roberto, his wife and five children having taken part in over 40 films, television shows and popular TV commercials in the past few years.
In 2012, after just turning 13 years of age, his identical twins, Chelsea and Brooke have recently been feature on Disney’s A.N.T. Farm, TV series; “Parenthood,” Emmy Award Winning “Modern Family,” “The Neighbors,” “Trust Me” and HBO’s “Shameless,” Starring William Macy of AIR FORCE ONE fame.
Daughter, Brittni, now 16 continues to make strives in music as a recording artist as well a young actress in film and television production. Animated and featured as Capri Sun Drinks spokes person and featured on their trucks throughout Los Angles, Brittni has had three of her own commercials and continues to be in demand for many feature films.
Son, Christian, 19, has been in many Disney productions and in the summer of 2012 played along side Selena Gomez in her upcoming film. Eldest son, Nick, enjoys the technical background work and continues as a full time student in the college film program. 2013-2014 promises to be even more exciting as the family develops its signature in the Hollywood scene of things.
Lastly, as composer, in October 2012, Roberto licensed the rights to his original song, "United We Stand, United As One" to the GreenAcrossAmerica.com organization (Exclusively available on ITunes). The campaign is intended to bring attention to clean energy awareness. This campaign will run from 2012 to the spring of 2014 with a major event taking place in the nations capital, Washington, D.C.
Roberto occasionally participates in speaking engagements and welcomes industry comments and events and is a sought after consultant in the fields of Entertainment, Contract Negotiations, Real Estate, Finance, Business and Product Development and Marketing. Roberto demonstrates an extensive business acumen and expertise that has helped develop his unusual ability to adapt to the many twist and turns of the industry. With a strong background in the field of Law, Roberto is a supporter of education and believes, "... we must stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Roberto, a producer and multi instrumentalist, enjoys writing lyrical and instrumental composition scores and is a NARAS/Grammy Voting Member for over 20 years. Roberto is working toward his Doctorate Degree and is now CEO of Media Center Entertainment Group.
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