Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman ( born March 30, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio ) is an American singer and songwriter.

  • 3.1 Grammy

Life and work

Even as a child learned Chapman guitar and piano playing, and wrote his first songs. With the help of a scholarship she attended a private school in Connecticut and studied subsequently, also thanks to a scholarship, at the private Tufts University anthropology and African studies. At that time she recorded her first demo. One of her fellow students had contacts with the record industry, and so she received in 1987 a recording contract with Elektra Records.

Chapman is best known for her appearance at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert ( 70th anniversary of the South African freedom fighter ) on 11 June 1988 at Wembley Stadium in London. As Stevie Wonder had to cancel his appearance because of your lost computer program, they spontaneously went a second time on the stage wearing KUSC solo with acoustic guitar, some songs from their debut album before, with whom she then managed the commercial breakthrough. In the same year she went with Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Youssou N'Dour on a Human Rights Now! World tour for Amnesty International.

As of July 4, 2008, she collaborated with the U.S. producer Larry Klein on her eighth album Our Bright Future, which was released on 7 November of the same year. In November 2008, a tour began with 21 dates in Europe.

For their most economical orchestrated pieces with socially critical lyrics in folk-rock style she won numerous prizes and awards, including four Grammy Awards.

Chapman's songs are often from the dreariness of everyday life, social problems and the downside of the American Dream, such as in the song Fast Car.


Studio albums





  • Best Folk Album for Tracy Chapman
  • Best Female Song for Fast Car
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Rock Song for Give Me One Reason

Since their debut, Tracy Chapman from 1988, which reached # 1 in Germany, received almost all their albums US- platinum, sometimes even more than once. In addition, the songwriter can boast a number of substantial award along with four Grammy Awards, including an American Music Award, a BRIT Award, three SKC Boston Music Awards and four Bammy Awards.