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Tracy Chapman is a versatile  American singer-songwriter. She is well recognized for her hit singles “Fast Car”, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads”, and “Give Me One Reason”. She began playing the guitar and writing songs when she was eight years old and had started playing ukulele five years earlier. She is also politically active and has been the special guest and performer for many charitable events, including Make Poverty History. Tracy met the producers of “Elektra Records” and her first album “Tracy Chapman” was released in 1988 which album was an instant hit and the hit single “Fast Car” made her an overnight sensation. She has recorded a total of eight studio albums, including “New Beginning,” and “Our Bright Future.” Most of Chapman’s albums are certified platinum.

Tracy Chapman famous for

  • Being an American singer-songwriter.
  • For her hit singles “Fast Car”, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads”, and “Give Me One Reason”.

Where is Tracy Chapman born?

Tracy Chapman was born on 30th March 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. She is American by nationality and African-American by ethnicity. Similarly, her religious belief is in the Christian religion and her race is black. Tracy has recently celebrated her 58th birthday in the March of 2022 and as per her birth date, her star sign is Aries. She is the daughter of her father Charles Koppelman and her mother Hazel Chapman. She also has one sister named Aneta Chapman. Her parents divorced when she was four and she was raised by her mother, who bought her a ukulele at age three.

Regarding Tracy’s education, she attended an Episcopal high school and was accepted into the program A Better Chance, which sponsors students at college preparatory high schools away from their home communities. She graduated from Wooster School in Connecticut and then attended Tufts University, graduating with a B.A. degree in Anthropology and African studies.

Tracy Chapman Singing Career

  • Tracy Chapman started her singing career-making major-stage debut as an opening act for women’s music pioneer Linda Tillery at Boston’s Strand Theater on 3rd May 1985 after which she was signed by Koppelman in 1986, who ran SBK Publishing.
  • Then Koppelman helped her to sign a contract with Elektra Records where she released “Tracy Chapman” (1988).
  • She was a featured performer on the worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour later in 1988 and her follow-up album, “Crossroads” (1989) achieved platinum status in the U.S.
  • She launched her fourth album “New Beginning” (1995) and her fifth album, “Telling Stories”, was released in 2000 whereas her sixth album, “Let It Rain” was launched in (2002).
  • She was commissioned by the American Conservatory Theater to compose music for its production of Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot”.
  • Subsequently, Atlantic Records released her eighth studio album, “Our Bright Future” (2008) after which she was appointed a member of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary jury.
  • In April 2015, she performed Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with “David Letterman” as well as she released “Greatest Hits” on 20th November of the following year.
  • Later, she sued the rapper Nicki Minaj over copyright infringement in October 2018, alleging that Minaj had sampled her song “Baby Can I Hold You” without permission. In January 2021, the dispute was settled when Minaj paid Tracy$450,000.00.
  • As well, Tracy performed “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution” on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on the eve of the 2020 United States presidential election.
  • She often performs at charity events such as Make Poverty History, amfAR, and AIDS/LifeCycle.  

Awards and Achievements

  • Grammy Awards for her work in “Tracy Chapman”, “Fast Car”, “Give Me One Reason”
  • Billboard Music Awards for her work in “Fast Car”
  • Danish Music Awards for her work in “Tracy Chapman”
  • BRIT Awards
  • American Music Awards
  • IFPI Platinum Europe Music Awards for her work in “Collection”

Who is Tracy Chapman’s partner?

Tracy Chapman is an unmarried lady. She is currently dating beautiful actress Guinevere Turner. The pair’s relationship is exceptional till now and hopes it will remain as same in the future too. She was also previously in a relationship with writer Alice Walker during the mid-1990s. Tracy maintains a strong separation between her private and professional life. “I have a public life that’s my work life and I have my personal life”, she said. “In some ways, the decision to keep the two things separate relates to the work I do.” Concerning her sexual orientation, she has never publicly disclosed her sexual orientation.

What is Tracy Chapman’s net worth?

Tracy Chapman has a net worth of $8 million as of 2022 whereas she has also a handsome amount of salary which is around thousands of dollars per year. She is a passionate and hardworking lady, so there is no doubt her net worth and salary will surely rise higher in the future days. In addition, her major source of income is her singer-songwriter career and Tracy is happy as well as satisfied with the profession she is in.

How tall is Tracy Chapman?

Tracy Chapman is 5 feet 5 inches tall and her body weighs around 59 kg. She has a body measurement of 36-25-37 inches with a slim body build type. Tracy’s bra size is 34B, her dress size is 4 (US) and her shoe size is 7 (US). Moreover, she has good-looking brown hair and dark brown eyes color.

Did You Know?

  • She sang “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution” and “Baby Can I Hold You.”
  • She started playing the guitar and writing songs when she was eight years old and had started playing ukulele five years earlier.
  • She is politically active and has been the special guest and performer for many charitable events, including Make Poverty History.
  • She has released covers of many songs, including one of “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley.
  • Chapman was signed to Elektra Records by Bob Krasnow in 1987.

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