Tracy Chapman was born
in Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother recognized Tracy's
interest in music when Tracy was very young, and she
helped Tracy explore her talents by buying her
instruments and encouraging her to play. Tracy
attended a private school in Connecticut through a
scholarship, and graduated from Tufts University with a
degree in anthropology and African studies. It was
during these college years that Tracy began playing in
various coffee houses. Before long, she caught the
attention of some people with connections, and a record
deal with Elektra soon followed.
Tracy Chapman's first album, her
critically acclaimed 1988
featured three hit songs on various charts: "Fast Car",
"Talkin' About a Revolution", and "Baby Can I Hold You".
"Fast Car" is ranked as 165 on the Rolling Stone
list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Her
efforts landed her three Grammy awards in 1988.
Her follow up release,
(1989), was not as commercially successful as her first
album, but it did do well, featuring the hit song
continued producing new material well into the 2000's.
Chapman is a known social activist, especially in the
area of human rights, where she remains an active voice.
At the time of this writing, it was unclear whether or
not Chapman would be releasing new material. The
Tracy Chapman Discography is as follows:1988: Tracy Chapman
1992: Matters of the Heart
1995: New Beginning
2000: Telling Stories
2002: Let It Rain
2005: Where You Live
2008: Our Bright Future
[starts] You got a fast car, I want a ticket to
anywhere, Maybe we make a deal, Maybe together
we can get somewhere, Anyplace is better,
Starting from zero got nothing to lose,
Maybe we'll make something, But me myself I got
nothing to prove [etc]