She started her career as a Gospel singer, singing in church and school choir in addition to studying opera and classical piano. Tracy moved to San Francisco and quickly began singing in night clubs and special events. Tracy went on to do the lead role in “Sing Mahlia Sing” upon Jennifer Holliday leaving the show under the direction of George Faison, and then working with director George Coates in the Theatrical piece Right Mind. Tracy was noticed by Harvey Fuqua who hired to her to write and produce for gospel group Voices of Harmony on his Honey record label. Tracy provided vocals for the experimental soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Apocalypse Now. In the early 1980s, Harvey Fuqua put Tracy with fellow mentor Sylvester, where she sang backgrounds with Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, better known as the Two Tons of Fun, leading to the 1981 duet with Sylvester, “Here Is My Love”, and “Give it Up” for Fantasy Records. Tracy traveled the world with Sylvester and the girls and sang backup with them and as well for the Ton’s projects. The following year Fantasy released her first album, Me and You. The same year Tracy featured as lead singer on trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s album Splash. In 1984, she performed on the hit Television Show Star Search where she was a semi-finalist in the Female Vocalist category. Following this, she became an in demand session vocalist, singing backing vocals on many songs by popular R&B, Soul and Pop stars.
She had two hits on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the mid-1980s. Those singles were “Time Bomb” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way” which peaked at #22 on that chart. After a hiatus from caring for her ailing friend Sylvester, Tracy returned, releasing her second album, It’s My Time in 1995 in the UK on Pulse-8 records. The album scored a underground hit with the title track in the States.
Tracy finally gained her breakthrough chart hits with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” (1999) and “Keep The Party Jumpin’” (1999) both reaching the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The following decade saw her most commerical success yet. The singles “The Power”, “Cha Cha Heels” (both with Rosabel) and “Party People” with Altar all reached #1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The following single “Everybody Up” and “Turn It Out” (both with Altar) also became a Top 10 hit on the same chart. Tracy’s recent singles include “Feel Good” with Edison Pride (2010), “Getcha Hands Offa My Man” and “We Will Be Free Tonite” in 2012.
Edited by discotequedude on 31 Jul 2012, 06:03
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