Tracy Chapman is an American singer and songwriter. She is a graduate of Tufts University and has a bachelor’s degree in African Studies and anthropology. Tracy is known for being involved in political and social causes. She has stated in numerous interviews that she has an interest in human rights.
Tracy has never come out of the closet to disclose her sexual orientation; however, writer Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker stated that she was in a romantic relationship with Tracy in the mid-Nineties. Tracy maintains a strong separation between her professional and personal life. She has never gone on record about being a member of the LGBT because she does not want people to judge her.
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Tracy was born on March 30, 1964, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Tracy is best known for her hit “Give Me One Reason.” Her other hits include “Baby Can I Hold You,” “Talking About a Revolution,” and “Crossroads.” She has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. She has also received four Grammy Awards.
She started her music career shortly after she graduated from college and signed to Elektra Records in 1987. Her first album was released in 1988. Tracy recorded “For My Lover” for Fast Folk Musical Magazine,’ Boston-based folk magazine that was often sold with a record.
She released her debut album called ‘Tracy Chapman’ in 1988. The album included the hit single “Fast Car.” The artist toured the United States after releasing this album.
Follow-up album “Crossroads” was released in 1989. The album was certified platinum the same year and peaked at number 9 at the “US Billboard 200.”
In 1991, Tracy inducted a musical group called “The Impressions” into the Rock Hall of Fame in Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NY. She performed at the Minneapolis-based Guthrie Theatre. Tracy released her third album known as “Matters Of The Heart” in 1992. The US Billboard ranked the album 53.
In 1995, she released “New Beginning” and appeared on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman to promote it. Lastly, Tracy released her most recent album in 2008. It is entitled “Our Bright Future.”
Social and Political Causes
She also performed at many charity events, including an event for Make Poverty History. Make Poverty History is an organization that is committed to helping eradicate poverty around the world. She has also been involved with amfAR, which is an organization dedicated to AIDS awareness and research.
Tracy is proud of the work that she has done as a human rights activist. She stated that she wants to do everything that she can to raise awareness and money about the issues that she feels passionate about.
Tracy’s parents divorced when she was just four years old. She was then raised by her mother, who got her a ukulele when she was still young.
Her net worth is estimated at around $8 million.
Tracy is among the most successful and lauded singer-songwriters of her generation. She has dated the American actress Guinevere Turner and has won numerous awards.