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Tracy Chapman helped restore vocalist/songwriters towards the limelight within the ’80s. The multi-platinum achievement of Chapman’s eponymous 1988 debut was unforeseen, and it acquired lasting influence. Although Chapman was functioning in the same confessional vocalist/songwriter foundation that were popularized within the ’70s, her music were clean and powerful, powered by basic melodies and impacting lyrics. During her first record, there were just a small number of performers performing such a method effectively, and her achievement ushered in a fresh period of vocalist/songwriters that lasted well in to the ’90s. Furthermore, her record helped usher within the period of politics correctness — alongside 10,000 Maniacs and R.E.M., Chapman’s liberal politics demonstrated enormously important on American university campuses in the past due ’80s. Needless to say, such implications designed that Chapman’s following recordings had been greeted with combined reactions, but after many years from the limelight, she were able to make an extremely effective comeback in 1996 with her 4th recording, New Beginning, because of the very best Ten solitary “Provide Me One Cause.” Elevated in an operating class community in Cleveland, Ohio, Chapman discovered how to perform guitar as a kid, and started to create her own tunes shortly afterward. Pursuing senior high school, she received a minority positioning scholarship and made a decision to go to Tufts University or college, where she analyzed anthropology and African research. While at Tufts, she became captivated by folk-rock and vocalist/songwriters, and started performing her personal tunes at coffeehouses. Ultimately, she recorded a couple of demos at the faculty radio station. Among her fellow college students, Brian Koppelman, noticed Chapman play and suggested her to his dad, Charles Koppelman, who went SBK Posting. In 1986, she agreed upon with SBK and Koppelman guaranteed a management agreement with Elliot Roberts, who acquired caused Neil Little and Joni Mitchell. Roberts and Koppelman helped Chapman indication to Elektra in 1987. Chapman documented her debut record with David Kershenbaum, as well as the causing eponymous record premiered within the springtime of 1988. Tracy Chapman was greeted with enthusiastic testimonials, and she lay out on the highway helping 10,000 Maniacs. Within several months, she performed on the internationally televised concert for Nelson Mandela’s 70th party, where her functionality was greeted with thunderous applause. Shortly, the one “Fast Car” started climbing the graphs, ultimately peaking at amount six. The album’s product sales soared combined with the one, and by the finish of the entire year, the record had opted multi-platinum. Early the next season, the record gained four Grammys, including Greatest New Artist. It had been an auspicious starting to Chapman’s profession, and it had been perhaps unavoidable that her second record, 1989’s darker, even more politics Crossroads, didn’t fare quite aswell. Though it was well-reviewed, the record wasn’t as commercially effective, peaking at amount nine and quickly dropping down the graphs. Pursuing Crossroads, Chapman spent a couple of years in seclusion, coming back in 1992 with Issues from the Center. The recording was greeted with combined reviews and poor sales, and for a while, it appeared Chapman had started to belong to obscurity. 3 years later on, she rebounded with New Starting, which presented the bluesy solitary “Provide Me One Cause.” Released in 1995, the track gradually climbed the graphs, ultimately peaking at number 3 within the Billboard Sizzling 100 and generating Chapman another Grammy for Greatest Rock Track in 1997. It had been a quiet, effective return from an designer most observers experienced currently consigned to languish in cult position. Following a four-year break, she shipped her fifth recording, Telling Tales, in 2000. The recording and its solitary, “Telling Tales,” fared well both in the U.S and in European countries, where Chapman’s existence was increasingly popular. Throughout the following decade, she’d continue steadily to fare well abroad, releasing 2002’s ALLOW IT Rainfall and 2005’s YOUR GEOGRAPHICAL AREA and touring regularly both Stateside and in European countries. Still a socially mindful designer, Chapman was commissioned from the American Conservatory Theatre in 2008 to compose the music for his or her creation of Athol Fugard’s apartheid-themed play Bloodstream Knot. That same 12 months, she released her 8th recording, Our Bright Potential, and received another Grammy nomination, this time around for Best Modern Folk Album. For several years after its discharge, small was heard from Chapman until a 2015 live appearance in the Late Present with David Letterman. Performed through the last week of Letterman’s tenure on the present, Chapman’s haunting rendition of Ben E. King’s “The stand by position Me” became a viral strike and was ultimately included on her behalf initial Greatest Hits compilation, released in November of this year.

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Full Name Tracy Chapman
Height 1.64 m
Profession Singer-songwriter
Education Wooster School, Tufts University
Nationality American
Parents Charles Koppelman, Hazel Chapman
Siblings Aneta Chapman
Awards Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, Brit Award for International Breakthrough Act, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist, Danish Music Award for International Album of the Year
Music Songs Fast Car, Baby Can I Hold You, Give Me One Reason, Talkin' Bout a Revolution, The Promise, All That You Have Is Your Soul, Smoke and Ashes, She's Got Her Ticket, Subcity, Mountains o’ Things, For My Lover, Across the Lines, Behind the Wall, Stand by Me, Bang Bang Bang, At This Point in My Life, Sing for You, If Not Now…, The Love That You Had, Telling Stories, Baby, Can I Hold You Tonight, Unsung Psalm, Dreaming on a World, Be Careful of My Heart, Say Hallelujah, Freedom Now, Remember the Tinman, Save Us All, I Used to Be a Sailor, Heaven's Here on Earth, The Rape of the World, Matters of the Heart
Albums Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Matters of the Heart, New Beginning, Telling Stories, Collection, Let It Rain, Where You Live, Our Bright Future, Greatest Hits, Legendary FM Broadcasts - Oakland Coliseum Stadium, CA 27th May 1989
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist
Movies One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute

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1 Graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Anthropology. Class of 1986.
2 Winner of the Brit Awards for International Female and International Breakthrough Act in 1989.
3 Won the Best New Artist Grammy at the 31st Annual Grammy Awards. Also won Best Contemporary Folk Recording and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for the same year. At the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, she won the Best Rock Song award for "Give Me One Reason".
4 Ranked #54 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.



Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2012 writer - 2 episodes, 2012
One Day 2011 lyrics: "Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution" / music: "Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution" / performer: "Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution"
Britain's Got Talent 2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Memòries de la tele TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Malaysian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Idol 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stars in Their Eyes 1999 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Era Uma Vez... 1998 TV Series writer: "Sempre Mais Baby Can I Hold You"
Marienhof 1992 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary performer: "Why?", "Behind the Wall", "Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution" / writer: "Why?", "Behind the Wall", "Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution"
Formula 1: Ten Sport 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice 2013-2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Late Show with David Letterman 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coronation Street TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Guapas TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2014 writer - 2 episodes, 2014
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013



The Royal Road 2015 Documentary thanks
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996 Video Game special thanks
Malcolm X 1992 thank Allah



Tavis Smiley 2005-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-2015 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors 2012 TV Special Herself - Performer
Xposé 2008 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2008 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
US Election Night 2008 TV Movie Herself (voice)
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Herself - Interviewee
Austin City Limits 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Vivement dimanche 2003 TV Series Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 2000-2002 TV Series Herself
Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet 2000 TV Special documentary Herself - Guest Performer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2000 TV Series Herself - Guest
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself - Performer
The Paris Concert for Amnesty International 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
A Very Special Christmas from Washington, D.C. 1998 TV Special Herself - Musical Perfomance
28th NAACP Image Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Performer
New York Undercover 1997 TV Series Herself
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996 TV Series Herself - Guest
Crossroads 1994 TV Series Herself - Performer (1994)
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration 1993 TV Special documentary Herself
Malcolm X 1992 Herself - End Credits (uncredited)
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Performer
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 TV Special Herself
Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa 1990 TV Movie Herself
Saturday Night Live 1988-1989 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988 TV Series Herself
Top of the Pops 1988 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Herself
Wired 1988 TV Series Herself

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Els dies clau 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Herself
Catalunya.cat 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Loops! 2006 TV Series Herself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Herself

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1 "Who knows? Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control. I'm never sure if: 1) I'll ever write another song, 2) what the song will be about and 3) if what initially sparked the beginning of a song might complete it. Some things remain fragments, just the lyrics and melodies or a line or two or a verse. I often write either really early in the morning, just when I'm waking up, or really late at night. "You're the One" was a song that came to me in the morning. I woke up on my birthday, March 30, and wrote that song." - When asked 'What was the inspiration behind "You're the One?"'

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