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Tracy Chapman

Real name: Tracy Chapman
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles, "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You" and "Give Me One Reason". She is a multi-platinum and multi-Grammy Award-winning artist.

In May 2004, Tufts honored her with an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, for her contributions as a socially conscious and artistically accomplished musician.

During college, Chapman began street-performing and playing guitar in coffeehouses in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After waiting to graduate college, she signed to Elektra Records, releasing Tracy Chapman (1988). The album was critically acclaimed, and she began touring and building a fanbase. Soon after she performed it at the televised Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in June 1988, Chapman's "Fast Car" began its rise on the US charts, eventually becoming a Top 10 pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100. "Talkin' About A Revolution," the follow-up, charted at #75, and was followed by "Baby Can I Hold You," which peaked at #48 The album sold well, going multi-platinum and winning three Grammy Awards, including an honour for Chapman as Best New Artist. Later in 1988, Chapman was a featured performer on the worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. According to the VH1 website, "her album helped usher in the era of political correctness -- along with 10,000 Maniacs and R.E.M., Chapman's liberal politics proved enormously influential on American college campuses in the late '80s".

Where You Live, Chapman's seventh studio album, was released in September 2005. A brief supporting tour took place in major cities across the US in October and continued throughout Europe over the remainder of the year. The "Where You Live" tour was extended into 2006, the 28 date European tour featured summer concerts in Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, U.K, Russia and more. In addition, on the 5th June 2006, Tracy performed at the 5th Gala of Jazz in Lincoln Center, New York.

Tracy Chapman performed in a session titled "Tales Of Passion" at the 2007 TED (short for Technology Entertainment Design) conference in Monterey, California.

Tracy was last seen at a Sonya Kitchell concert in San Francisco. "The last few days I met Tracy Chapman who came to our show in San Francisco and I’m a really big fan and it was so great to be able to talk with her and hang out with her." - Sonya Kitchell

As of summer 2006
- Tracy Chapman - vocals, guitar
- Joe Gore - guitars, keyboards
- Quinn - drums
- Kiki Ebsen - keyboards, backing vocals

Duet songs:
- "The Thrill Is Gone" with BB King from his album Deuces Wild
- "Give Me One Reason" with Eric Clapton from the album A Very Special Christmas
- "Baby Can I Hold You" with Pavarotti from the DVD/Album Pavarotti and Friends for Cambodia and Tibet
- "Ain't No Sunshine" with Buddy Guy from his album Bring 'em In
- "Trench Town Rock" with Stephen and Ziggy Marley at the One Love Bob Marley All Star Tribute.

Covered songs:
- "House Of The Rising Sun" - Rubaiyat (LP)
- "The Times They Are A Changin" - Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration. (LP)
- "O' Holy Night" - A Very Special Christmas 3 (LP) & A Very Special Christmas Live. (LP)
- "Three Little Birds" - Live at the One Love Bob Marley All Star Tribute.
- "Get Up Stand Up" - by Bob Marley featured on the Let It Rain tour edition CD2 (LP).
- "Stand By Me" - by Bill Withers on the XM Hear Music Radio Sessions Volume 1 (LP).


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