Tracy Chapmanwas born on March 30, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a song writer, singer, and guitar player. She began writing songs and playing the guitar when she was a child. While she was in college, Tracy did street performances and also performed in coffee houses in Cambridge, Massachusettes. She signed on with Elektra Records and released her first album, Tracy Chapman, in 1988. The album received recognition so she began to tour to promote the album and build up a fan base. She performed at the Nelson Mandella 70th Birthday Tribute concert which was televised in June, 1988. Her single release, Fast car, reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following that was, Talkin’ About A Revolution, reached number 75, and Baby Can I Hold You followed that one and reached number 48. The album sold very well and went platinum and she won 3 Grammy Awards for it.
Tracy’s followup album, Crossroads (released in 1989), did not make as many waves as the first album did. Her next album was Matters of the Heart, was only heard by a small group of devoted fans. In 1995, she released her fourth album, New beginning, and this album became very successful. She sold over 3 million copies in the United States along. From the album came the single, Give Me One Reason, which won her a Grammy in 1997 for the Best Rock Song. This became her most successful single of them all. Her next album, Telling Stories, which was released in 2000, featured the single , Telling Stories, which received a lot of airplay. Her sixth album was released in 2002 and was called, Let It Rain. In 2005 she released her seventh album which was called, Where You Live. Tracy did a supporting tour to promote the album.
Tracy is still performing and who knows, there may be other albums in the future. Tracy has never publicly stated that she was a lesbian but author Alice walker has discussed her love affair with Tracy Chapman in an interview with The Guardian in 2006. Chapman also supports the Aids Relief program. Whether this is true or not is anybody’s guess and it is a private matter. This does not change the fact that Tracy is a very good musician and has a large fan base today and is not through with her career yet. Tracy has released a total of eight albums and has had 18 singles from those albums. The members of her band are Tracy Chapman herself as lead singer and guitar player, Joe Gore plays guitar and keyboard, Quinn plays the drums, and Kiki Ebsen plays keyboard and is back up vocalist.
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