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I love Tracy Chapman!

Updated on October 20, 2014

There is nothing more raw and real than the voice of Tracy Chapman. She reaches down into your soul with her vocals and then stirs things up. She is intense. She is moving. You cannot stay in the same place listening to her. You will be moved. You will grow.

"For You".... What can I say? It was written for ME!! This song captures every emotion boiling under the surface of Tracy. The music is amazing. You aren't listening to 50 different instruments, masking her voice, drowning out her talent. It is just Tracy, the strings, and your soul. "Fast Car" is also a favorite!

I can remember riding in the car with her cd popped in, windows down, singing out so loud, so confident. I'd get to work, and the words "gimme one reason" would come to mind. Nothing could ruin my day.

I remember the first time I heard Tracy. I didn't know anything about her. I didn't know where she came from. I was inspired to Google her because her voice was so full of emotion. Being a writer, I wanted to know how she had developed her gift, what moved her to express her self so freely.

Tracy was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother raised her and even though they didn't have money, just reading about her life I can see how much she was loved and encouraged. Her mother gave her a ukulele at the young age of three years old. She raised her in the Baptist church and Tracy was also accepted in a great program called "A Better Chance." This program helps minorities get a better education by giving them an opportunity to go to a private school and be educated.

She has inspired me with her life struggles to be more, to try harder. There are days when I am tired and I don't feel like trying. I want to pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep, but instead I put on the cd and I can dream again.

Listen to some of your favorite Tracy Chapman songs!

A Very Special Christmas 3
A Very Special Christmas 3

Tracy Chapman sings "O Holy Night!" also with various artists singing other Christmas songs. It's the perfect stocking stuffer!

New Beginning
New Beginning

The Promise is on this one!



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      4 years ago

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    • Tom Maybrier profile image

      Tom Maybrier 

      4 years ago

      One of the best artists of the past 25 years!

    • Baddew Fibes profile image

      Baddew Fibes 

      4 years ago

      Listened to Tracy Chapman from an early age. Heard Fast Car first and my admiration for her just grew and grew. Thanks for the lens!

    • Jennifer Lawyer profile image

      Jennifer Lawyer 

      4 years ago

      Chapman is a favorite of mine from over 20 years ago. What a powerful voice!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      A powerful tribute to an awesome, extraordinary talent. Tracy Chapman just overflows with musical genius.

    • Angelina Gherna profile image


      4 years ago from California

      Love her too!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Me too. Always thought she was great!

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      4 years ago

      Love her since i was a young girl... still love her will always do

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      Laurahadges LM 

      4 years ago

      Great singer! Everyone has a story!


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