Tracy Chapman Biography
Tracy Chapman 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.
How old is Tracy Chapman? – Age
Chapman was born on March 30, 1964, in Cleveland, Ohio in the United States. She is 57 years old as of the year 2021.
Tracy Chapman Family
Chapman her parents divorced when she was four years of age. She was then raised by her mother, who bought her music-loving three-year-old daughter a ukulele despite having little money.
Tracy Chapman Marriage
Although Chapman has never publicly disclosed her sexual orientation, writer Alice Walker has stated that she and Chapman were in a romantic relationship during the mid-1990s. Chapman maintains a strong separation between her personal and professional life.
Tracy Chapman Career
Chapman made her major-stage debut as an opening act for women’s music pioneer Linda Tillery at Boston’s strand Theater on May 3, 1985. Another Tufts student, Brian Koppelman, heard Chapman playing and brought her to the attention of his father, Charles Koppelman. Koppelman, who ran SBK Publishing, signed Chapman in 1986.
At Elektra, she released Tracy Chapman in 1988. The album was critically acclaimed, and she began touring and building a fanbase. “Fast Car” began its rise on the U.S. charts soon after she performed it at the televised Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in June 1988; it became a number 6 pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 27, 1988.
By 1992’s Matters of the Heart, Chapman was playing to a small but devoted audience. Her fourth album, New Beginning 1995, proved successful, selling over three million copies in the U.S. 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 Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
To support her seventh studio album Where You Live in 2005, Chapman toured major U.S. cities in October and toured Europe over the remainder of the year. The “Where you Live” tour was extended into 2006; the 28-date European tour featured summer concerts in Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the UK, Russia, and more. On June 5, 2006, She performed at the 5th Gala of Jazz in Lincoln center, New York, and in a session at the 2007 TED conference in Monterey, California.
Atlantic records released Chapman’s eighth studio album, Our Bright Future in 2008. Chapman made a 26-date solo tour of Europe and selected North American cities during the summer of 2009. She was backed by Joe Gore on Guitars, Patric Warren on Keyboards, and Dawn Richardson on percussion.
Chapman was appointed a member of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S Documentary jury. On November 2015, she released Greatest Hits. In October 2018, Chapman sued the rapper Nicki Minaj over copyright infringement, alleging that Minaj had sampled her song “Baby can l hold you” without permission. In September 2020, District court judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled in favor of Minaj, stating that Minaj’s experimentation with Chapman’s song constitutes fair use rather that copyright infringement.
In January 2021, the dispute was completely settled when Minaj paid Chapman $ 450,000 to avoid a pending trial over how the track had been leaked to radio host Funkmaster Flex, who had played it on his radio system.
Tracy Chapman Net worth
Chapman is worth an estimated $ 8 million.