Roberta Donnay (born August 10, 1966, Washington, D.C.) is a Grammy-nominatedjazz vocalist, composer, and band leader produced by Orrin Keepnews. Donnay grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and learned to sing from the radio. She does not read music and has had to compensate. She is a practicing Buddhist.

She began singing professionally at 16, wandering Europe with a knapsack and borrowing guitars on-site. Moving to San Francisco, she sang for six months with Dick Oxtot's Golden Age Jazz Band, followed by Tom Keats and His Tom Kats. She then studied Latin jazz, vocal jazz, and guitar from various teachers. Her first CD, Catch the Wave, was the first indie CD released in the San Francisco Bay area.

She and Keepnews were both governors of the San Francisco chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is how they met. She also produced the temp track for the 2011 documentary, Journey of the Universe.

She has appeared with Ernestine Anderson, Booker T, Junior Brown, Tommy Castro, Peter Coyote, David Grisman, Dan Fogelberg, Woody Harrelson, Dan Hicks, Johnny Lange, Huey Lewis, Eddie Money, Maria Muldaur, Lenny Williams, Mitch Woods, and Neil Young.

Her songs have been featured on The Unit, Nash Bridges, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children, and That's Life.

Donnay's song, "One World," became a theme for the United Nations 50th Anniversary, and is being performed on 5 continents as a world peace anthem. It was also chosen as the theme for World AIDS Day in South Africa in 2003.

Personal quotes

"I listen to people's conversations and have written many songs based on conversations I've heard or quotes, or ideas that stir my imagination. I've been influenced by traveling to different parts of the world. I love to write about the human condition. Women's issues have inspired me. Then there's racial injustice, the government and people's inability to see the consequences of their actions - like the destruction of the environment."