Tracy Chapman was a revolutionary black woman who used her music to express social and political discontent and promote activism, especially for black women. Her undeniable musical talent is just a small portion of what ultimately makes her arguably one of the most successful and highly praised singer-songwriters of our time.
Tracy was born in a humble neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio on March 30th, 1964 where she first fell in love with music, playing guitar and writing songs and poetry. She thrived academically and ultimately received a scholarship to Tufts University where she studied African Studies and Anthropology. It was there that she became immersed in folk and rock music by joining an African Drum ensemble as well as writing and performing songs locally.