Friday, February 22nd: TRACY CHAPMAN
Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter whose style crosses folk, blues, rock, pop, and soul and is best known for her 90’s hits “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason.”
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Chapman began playing guitar at a young age but formally began writing music and performing while she was in college in Boston.
She caught her big break in 1988, with her debut self-titled album, “Tracy Chapman.” The album was a complete success; winning her 3 Grammy Awards and with the most popular single, "Fast Car," landing at No. 5 on the U.K. charts and No. 6 on the U.S. charts.
Since then, Chapman has experienced further success with six more studio albums, which includes her multi-platinum fourth album, 1995’s “New Beginning,” for which she won a fourth Grammy Award for its lead single "Give Me One Reason". Chapman's most recent release is 2008’s “Our Bright Future.”
Though her 1995 success has yet to be matched, Chapman stays busy as an activist, speaking and performing on behalf of various organizations.