Tracy Chapman

Biography: Tracy Chapman is one of the most socially relevant songwriters of our time, and has become one of our generation's most unique voices. As a singer and songwriter, few artists can match Chapman's gentle but passionate vibrato and her literate lyrical compassion.
Since 1988, when she first burst onto the scene with her stirring arrangements and powerful wordplay, the music world has reserved a special place for each and every Chapman release. Whether it was the startling sincerity of her multi-platinum Tracy Chapman debut, which featured the now classic, "Fast Car," or the subsequent Crossroads and Matters of the Heart (which featured the critically acclaimed "Bang Bang Bang") she has always shared with her audience stories that matter, songs that ring true.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Chapman lived with her mother until awarded a scholarship to a private school in Connecticut, and eventually to Tufts University in Medford, Mass. It was there she began to sing on
Tracy Chapman is one of the most socially relevant songwriters of our time, and has become one of our generation's most unique voices. As a singer and songwriter, few artists can match Chapman's gentle but passionate vibrato and her literate lyrical compassion.
Since 1988, when she first burst onto the scene with her stirring arrangements and powerful wordplay, the music world has reserved a special place for each and every Chapman release. Whether it was the startling sincerity of her multi-platinum Tracy Chapman debut, which featured the now classic, "Fast Car," or the subsequent Crossroads and Matters of the Heart (which featured the critically acclaimed "Bang Bang Bang") she has always shared with her audience stories that matter, songs that ring true.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Chapman lived with her mother until awarded a scholarship to a private school in Connecticut, and eventually to Tufts University in Medford, Mass. It was there she began to sing on the streets of Harvard Square and perform in area coffeehouses and nightclubs. Little did anyone know that only a few years later, the amazing success of "Fast Car" would focus the entire pop world's attention on her. The debut album sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and saw her pick up three Grammies at the 1989 Awards. She has also participated in some of rock's most legendary live events, including Amnesty International's Human Rights Tour, London's Freedomfest honoring Nelson Mandela, and the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert.
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Tracy Chapman's Scores

  • TV
  • Music
Average career score: 66
Highest Metascore: 71 Where You Live
Lowest Metascore: 63 Let It Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
3 music reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
65 Our Bright Future Nov 11, 2008 Primary Artist 9.3
71 Where You Live Sep 13, 2005 Primary Artist 8.3
63 Let It Rain Oct 15, 2002 Primary Artist 8.7