BLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT: Tracy ChapmanPublished by Justin Joseph on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:39 am.
From performing on the street corners of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts to being one of the most recognizable voices in folk and soul— Tracy Chapman has been making music for over two decades. While a student at the local Tufts University, Chapman was discovered by music executive Charles Koppelman in 1986. Chapman graduated the following year, and Koppelman helped her to sign a contract with Elektra Records.
Her 1988 self titled debut album sold an astounding 13 million copies in the U.S, thanks in part to her single “Fast Car,” which was a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number six. Her follow up singles, “Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution,” and “Baby Can I Hold You” were critical successes, and helped her garner three Grammy Awards in 1989—Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
Her platinum status continued with Crossroads (1989), Matters of the Heart (1992), and 1995’s 9x platinum selling New Beginning, which spawned her biggest hit ” Give Me One Reason.” While her popularity has waned in recent years, Chapman is still touring globally and creating soulful music for the masses.