BMI Pop Music Awards
Sebert was born on March 17, 1956 in Michigan City, Indiana, and her early years were spent on her parents' farm. Her father was of German descent and her mother was of Hungarian descent. Pebe began singing and making up songs at age 4 and singing publicly by age six, and she trained as a singer and played piano and guitar. Sebert sang in groups, bands, and as a solo Artist. She entered the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy at age 15, where she participated in the exclusive Madrigal group, which toured by invitation in Europe. She also toured as a Soprano with The American Youth Symphony and Choir. She began playing coffeehouses in Chicago and Europe throughout her high-school years.
In the 1970s Sebert wrote "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" with then-husband Hugh Moffatt for American Country singer Joe Sun for his album Old Flames. Sun's version soon became a hit, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Two years after Sun's version was released, entertainer Dolly Parton included a cover of the song on her 1980 album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. Parton's version became a huge hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" was later covered by many artists, including Sebert's daughter Kesha for her extended play Deconstructed and her third studio album Rainbow.
Sebert was married to Hugh Moffatt, with whom she wrote "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You", for seven years, separating in 1984. They had one child together, Lagan Sebert. She claims that after the divorce, she and Lagan lived on welfare payments and food stamps.
In 1987, Sebert gave birth to daughter Kesha Rose Sebert. Sebert frequently brought Kesha and her brothers along to recording studios and encouraged Kesha to sing. She moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991 after securing a new publishing deal for her songwriting.
In 2004, Sebert lent her vocals on X-Mas Balls' debut holiday album, She Left Me For Rudolph, singing "If I Was an Angel" with Ned McElroy and Jerry Williams.
In May 2005, Sebert and her two children Kesha and Lagan starred in an episode of the reality series "The Simple Life" which starred Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. In the May 12, 2005 episode "The Wedding Planner," Sebert lets Hilton and Richie stay at her house while they attempt to plan a wedding and eventually try, with Kesha's help, to set Sebert up on a date.
In 2010 Sebert co-wrote her daughter Kesha's hit song "Your Love Is My Drug", which became a Top 10 single in nine countries and reached triple-platinum in the U.S. Later that year, Sebert and Kesha gave the song "Disgusting" to pop singer Miranda Cosgrove for her debut album, and contributed the title track for Miley Cyrus's debut EP, The Time of Our Lives.
After Sebert and Kesha claimed that they didn't know who Kesha's father was, Bob Chamberlain approached Star Magazine in 2011 with pictures and letters, claiming them as proof that he and Kesha had been in regular contact as father and daughter before she turned 19.
In 2012 Sebert co-wrote "Warrior", "Dirty Love", "Wonderland", "Gold Trans Am", and "Out Alive" for Kesha's sophomore album Warrior. Sebert also provided backing vocals for the tracks "Dirty Love", which featured Iggy Pop, and "Gold Trans Am".
On December 31, 2013, Kesha released a music video for "Dirty Love", which Sebert had co-written and for which she contributed vocals.
Sebert checked into Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, Illinois, for rehab in January 2014, claiming that she had post-traumatic stress disorder from the trauma of Kesha being attacked by her record label and Dr. Luke. Sebert has admitted that she is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic and had taken Kesha to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with her since Kesha was 1 year old.
In 2017, Sebert co-produced Kesha's comeback album Rainbow which features two new tracks co-written by the duo ("Hymn" and "Learn To Let Go"), as well as a duet of "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You", between Kesha and Parton.