Who is Tracy Chapman?
Tracy Chapman is a songwriter and singer-songwriter from the United States. Her best-known songs include “Fast Car,” “Give Me One Reason,” “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution,” and “Baby Can I Hold You.”
She is a four-time Grammy Award winner as well as a multi-platinum recording artist. In 1987, Bob Krasnow signed Chapman to Elektra Records.
Tracy Chapman Age
Chapman is 57 years old as of 2021, she was born on March 30, 1964, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Tracy Chapman Family and Parents
Chapman was born in the Ohio city of Cleveland. When she was four years old, her parents divorced. Chapman was raised by her mother, who bought her a ukulele when she was three.
Chapman began writing songs and playing guitar when he was eight years old. She claims that the television show Hee Haw inspired her to pick up a guitar. Chapman experienced repeated bullying and racially motivated assaults as a child in her hometown of Cleveland.
Tracy Chapman Education
Chapman earned a B.A. degree in Anthropology and African studies from Tufts University.
Tracy Chapman Wife and Married
Chapman has never spoken publicly about her sexuality or her marital status. She stated in an interview:
“I have a public life that’s my work life and I have my personal life. In some ways, the decision to keep the two things separate relates to the work I do.”
Tracy Chapman Gender
Chapman is female.
Tracy Chapman Singer
Chapman made her major-stage debut on May 3, 1985, as the opening act for women’s music pioneer Linda Tillery at Boston’s Strand Theater. Another Tufts student, Brian Koppelman, heard Chapman playing and brought her to the attention of his father, Charles Koppelman. Koppelman, who ran SBK Publishing at the time, signed Chapman in 1986.
When she graduated from Tufts in 1987, Chapman assisted her in signing a contract with Elektra Records. Chapman visited Budapest, Hungary, in 1988. Elektra let Tracy Chapman go. After the record received critical acclaim, she began touring and building a fan base.
Chapman’s follow-up album, Crossroads (1989), was less financially successful than her debut, but it still went platinum. New Beginning (1995), her fourth album, was a commercial success, selling over three million copies in the United States.
The album includes the chart-topping single “Give Me One Reason,” which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song.
After a four-year hiatus, her fifth album, Telling Stories, was released in 2000. Its big hit, “Telling Stories,” was heavily played on European radio stations as well as Adult Alternative and Hot AC stations in the US.
Chapman toured Europe and the United States in support of her sixth studio album, Let It Rain, in 2003. (2002).
Tracy Chapman Fast Car
Tracy Chapman’s song “Fast Car” was released in April 1988. It peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of August 27, 1988, just a few months after she performed it at the televised Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute in June 1988.
In 2010, the song was ranked 167 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
It is the song with the highest ranking on the Rolling Stone list that was written and sung entirely by a female performer. “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution,” the follow-up to Fast Car, peaked at number 75, and was followed by “Baby Can I Hold You,” which peaked at number 48. She released her seventh studio album, Where You Live (2005), and promoted it by touring major U.S. cities.
Tracy Chapman Albums and Songs
- Tracy Chapman (1988)
- Crossroads (1989)
- Matters of the Heart (1992)
- New Beginning (1995)
- Telling Stories (2000)
- Let It Rain (2002)
- Where You Live (2005)
- Our Bright Future (2008)
Tracy Chapman Net Worth
Chapman has a net worth of $500 k.