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Being raised in Philadelphia and based in Atlanta may explain why Doria Roberts so seamlessly melds a certain urban attitude and soul fullness with an easy going, folk accessibility; comfortable and capable alone with an acoustic guitar or in front of an ensemble, Roberts did not even play guitar until her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania as a break from her East Asian studies schoolwork. From this stress release-induced beginning, a songwriter was born. Attaching herself to the musical apron strings of such greats as Nina Simone, Janis Ian, Billie Holiday, and John Lennon, with a dash of the upstart spirit she admired in Patti Smith and Ani DiFranco, Roberts found her voice as a thoughtful, provocative artist and an additional outlet for her political activism. As a proudly out lesbian, she has performed at numerous Gay Pride Festivals, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Lilith Fair, and the Montreux Music Festival. "Perfect" from 1999's Restoration was nominated in the Best Pop Recording category at the 2000 Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards alongside Toshi Reagon, Luscious Jackson, and Me'shell Ndegéocello. Since 1995, Roberts has also organized Queerstock, a touring showcase of eclectic gay and lesbian musicians. Add to this the fact that she founded and runs her own independent label, Hurricane Doria Records, and appeared with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Jane Siberry, and DiFranco in the documentary For the Love of Rock, which features women in the world of independent music. Still, she has enough energy and inspiration to write and record heartfelt songs of love and life that leave the listener satisfied, but wanting more. Radio Doria was released in November 2000.