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Tracy Chapman

A musician with pizzazz and four Grammy Awards

You’ve no doubt heard of Tracy Chapman. On the off chance that you haven't...keep reading! Tracy Chapman is best known for her songs “Fast Car,” “Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You,” “Crossroads,” “Give Me One Reason” and “Telling Stories.” She has won four Grammy Awards! I believe it’s important to look back at past musicians and learn from them. For that reason, I’m writing an article about Tracy. 

She has a folk, blues-rock style that stands out among the ranks because of her distinctive voice. She does not have the largest range, but she has made herself remembers for her folk-like voice, fast paced lyrics and ability to play with her words and sing them in an unconventional way. She has sung with legends such as BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Ziggy Marley and Dave Matthews. 

I highly suggest listening to her cover of “The House of the Rising Sun.” She does a solo version of the song with just her voice and guitar, and it is utterly beautiful. She is simple in her style, but extremely good at what she does. If anything, listeners and musicians alike can take from her by learning to hone their own skills and not muddy up their trade with too much pizzazz and glam.

Chapman started her career busking in Harvard Square during college and playing in Club Passim. A Tufts student, whose father ran SBK Publishing, heard her sing and Chapman was signed in 1986. After graduating from Tufts she signed with Elektra Records and released her album Tracy Chapman with songs like “Fast Car” hitting number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. From there, her career is history!