Regarded as one of the greatest singer-songwriters amongst her 80’s contemporaries, Tracy Chapman helped re-define and reinvigorate the genre with her honest, yet powerful self-biographical inspired lyrics, and further challenge the wider spread young demographic of America who were inspired by her liberal lyrics and sentiment.
Chapman first emerged on the scene with her debut album in 1988 following her signing with Elektra the previous year. The self-titled album included hits such as ‘Fast Car’ and ‘Baby I Can Hold You’ , with the album winning Chapman three Grammy awards including best pop Vocal, best new artist and best Album. Over the following years, Tracy Chapman continued to release material including her singles ‘Give Me One Reason’ which became a top 10 single, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard top 100 in America and winning Chapman her fourth Grammy award for the best rock song in 1997. Following a four year hiatus, chapman remerged in 2000 with her fifth album ‘Telling Stories’ which was well received both in the states and Europe, the latter of which chapman’s presence was ever more in demand. Over the following decade, she released more albums including ‘Where It Is’ and ‘Let it Rain’ while touring both home and international territory.