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Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "New Beginning" and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.
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Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer–songwriter, best known for her singles "Fast Car", "Talkin` `bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Give Me One Reason", "The Promise" and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio where it was raised by her mother. Despite not having much money, its mother recognized Tracy`s love of music and bought it a ukulele at the age of three Tracy Chapman began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eight. It says it may have been first inspired to play the guitar by the TV Show Hee Haw. Chapman was raised Baptist and went to an Episcopalian high school. She was quickly accepted into the program A Better Chance, which enabled her to attend Wooster School in Connecticut; she subsequently attended Tufts University. At Tufts she studied anthropology and African studies. In the mid-90s Chapman dated author Alice Walker. During college, Chapman began street-performing in Harvard Square and playing guitar in coffeehouses in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Another Tufts student, Brian Koppelman, heard Chapman playing and brought Chapman to the attention of his father, Charles Koppelman. Charles ran SBK Publishing and in 1986 signed Chapman. In 1987, after Chapman graduated from Tufts, he helped sign her to Elektra Records.
At Elektra, she released Tracy Chapman (1988). The album was critically acclaimed, and she began touring and building a fanbase. Soon after she performed it at the televised Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in June 1988, Chapman`s "Fast Car" began its rise on the US charts, eventually becoming a #6 pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100. "Talkin` `bout a Revolution", the follow-up, charted at #75 and was followed by "Baby Can I Hold You", which peaked at #48. The album sold well, going multi-platinum and winning three Grammy Awards, including an honor for Chapman as Best New Artist. Later in 1988, Chapman was a featured performer on the worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. According to the VH1 website, "her album helped usher in the era of political correctness - along with 10,000 Maniacs and R.E.M., Chapman`s liberal politics proved enormously influential on American college campuses in the late `80s". Her follow-up album Crossroads (1989) was less commercially successful, but still achieved platinum status. By 1992`s Matters of the Heart, Chapman was playing to a small and devoted audience. However, her fourth album, 1995`s New Beginning proved successful, selling over three million copies in the U.S. alone. The album included the hit single "Give Me One Reason", which won the 1997 Grammy for Best Rock Song and became Chapman`s most successful single to date, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her next album was 2000`s Telling Stories, which featured more of a rock sound than folk. Its hit single, "Telling Stories", received heavy airplay on European radio stations and on Adult Alternative and Hot AC stations in the United States. She toured Europe and the US in 2003 in support of her sixth album, Let It Rain (2002). On November 11, 2008, Atlantic Records released Chapman`s eighth studio album, Our Bright Future.
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