Chapman,Tracy - Our Bright Future
Our Bright Future
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Our Bright Future is Tracy Chapman's eighth studio album and was released on November 11, 2008. The album was co-produced by Larry Klein. The album's first single "Sing For You" was released digitally on October 31. In promotion for this album Chapman appeared on radio stations across Europe with interviews and sessions. Chapman also performed "Sing For You" on the Tonight Show. A European tour in support of the disc took place through November and December 2008. A U.S. tour was planned for January 2009 but was postponed. http Chapman toured Europe again in the Summer of 2009. Our Bright Future was certified Gold in France for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.http The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.


*Tracy Chapman - acoustic & electric guitar, vocals

*Larry Goldings - keyboards

*Steve Gadd - drums

*Joe Gore - acoustic & electric guitar, keyboards

*Larry Klein - bass, organ

*Dean Parks - guitar, clarinet, mandolin, pedal steel

*Joey Waronker - drums, percussion

*Rock Deadrick - background vocals

*Carla Kihlstedt - violin, nyckelharpa

*Michael Webster - keyboards

*Rob Burger - keyboards


The single "Sing For You" was a moderate airplay hit in the U.S. It charted on Billboard's Triple A chart for 14 weeks.


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Artist/Band Information

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Give Me One Reason", and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.


Tracy Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was raised by her mother. Despite not having much money, her mother recognized Tracy's love of music and bought her a ukulele at the age of three.Williamson, Nigel All About Tracy Chapman, July 2001 Tracy Chapman began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eight. She says she may have been first inspired to play the guitar by the television show Hee Haw.Martin, Michael National Public Radio, August 20, 2009

Chapman was raised Baptist and went to an Episcopalian high school. She was quickly accepted into the program A Better Chance, which enabled her to attend Wooster School in Connecticut; she subsequently attended Tufts University. All About Tracy Chapman At Tufts she graduated with a B.A. degree in anthropology and African studies.Erlewine, Stephen Thomas All Music Guide

In the mid-1990s Chapman dated author Alice Walker.Wajid, Sara The Guardian, December 15, 2006

In May 2004, Tufts honored her with an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, for her strongly committed contributions as a socially conscious and artistically accomplished musician.

Chapman often performs at and attends charity events such as Make Poverty History, amfAR and AIDS/LifeCycle. She currently lives in San Francisco and says she enjoys going to the beach, going to the woods, a really good meal with friends, and fresh organic food. Chapman maintains a strong separation between her personal and professional lives. “I have a public life that’s my work life and I have my personal life,” she said. “In some ways, the decision to keep the two things separate relates to the work I do." All About Tracy Chapman, October 2002


During college, Chapman began street-performing in Harvard Square and playing guitar in Club Passim and within other coffeehouses in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Another Tufts student, Brian Koppelman, heard Chapman playing and brought Chapman to the attention of his father, Charles Koppelman. Koppelman, who ran SBK Publishing, signed Chapman in 1986. After Chapman graduated from Tufts in 1987, he helped her to sign a contract with Elektra Records.

At Elektra, she released Tracy Chapman (1988). The album was critically acclaimed, and she began touring and building a fanbase. Soon after she performed it at the televised Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in June 1988, Chapman's "Fast Car" began its rise on the US charts, eventually becoming a Number 6 pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100. "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", the follow-up, charted at Number 75 and was followed by "Baby Can I Hold You", which peaked at Number 48. The album sold well, going multi-platinum and winning three Grammy Awards, including an honor for Chapman as Best New Artist. Later in 1988, Chapman was a featured performer on the worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. According to the VH1 website, "her album helped usher in the era of political correctness — along with 10,000 Maniacs and R.E.M., Chapman's liberal politics proved enormously influential on American college campuses in the late '80s".

Her follow-up album Crossroads (1989) was less commercially successful, but still achieved platinum status. By 1992's Matters of the Heart, Chapman was playing to a small and devoted audience. However, her fourth album, 1995's New Beginning 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. Her next album was 2000's Telling Stories, which featured more of a rock sound than folk. Its hit single, "Telling Stories", received heavy airplay on European radio stations and on Adult Alternative and Hot AC stations in the United States. She toured Europe and the US in 2003 in support of her sixth album, Let It Rain (2002).

Where You Live, Chapman's seventh studio album, was released in September 2005; a brief supporting tour in major US cities followed in October and continued throughout 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 (Technology Entertainment Design) conference in Monterey, California.

Chapman composed original music for the American Conservatory Theater production of Athol Fugard's Blood Knot, an acclaimed play on apartheid in South Africa staged in early 2008.

On November 11, 2008, Atlantic Records released Chapman's eighth studio album, Our Bright Future. Following the album's release, Chapman completed a 26-date solo tour of Europe. She toured Europe and selected North American cities on an encore tour during the summer of 2009. She was backed by Joe Gore on guitars, Patrick Warren on keyboards, and Dawn Richardson on percussion. All About Tracy Chapman, December 22, 2008



Duet songs:

* "The Thrill Is Gone" with BB King from his album Deuces Wild

* "Give Me One Reason" with Eric Clapton from the album A Very Special Christmas Live

* "Baby Can I Hold You" with Pavarotti from the DVD/Album Pavarotti and Friends for Cambodia and Tibet

* "Ain't No Sunshine" with Buddy Guy from his album Bring 'Em In

*"Trench Town Rock" with Stephen and Ziggy Marley at the One Love Bob Marley All Star Tribute

*"The Maker" with Dave Matthews on October 21, 2001 at the Bridge School Benefit

Covered songs:

*"The House of the Rising Sun" – Rubáiyát (LP)

*"The Times They Are A Changin" – Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration (LP)

*"O Holy Night" – A Very Special Christmas 3 (LP) and A Very Special Christmas Live (LP)

*"Three Little Birds" – Live at the One Love Bob Marley All Star Tribute

*"Get Up Stand Up" – by Bob Marley featured on the Let It Rain tour edition CD2 (LP)

*"Stand By Me" – by Ben E. King on the XM Hear Music Radio Sessions Volume 1 (LP)

Cover versions:

*"Sorry (Baby Can I Hold You?)" – Foxy Brown on the Taxi riddim produced by Steely & Clevie

*"Baby Can I Hold You?" – reached number 2 on the UK chart in 1997 performed by Boyzone

*"Talkin' Bout a Revolution" – Reel Big Fish, Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album, Disc 1, 2006

*"The Promise" – Steve Coleman (singer), "Not Making Much Sense" 2005

*"Talkin' Bout a Revolution" – Playing for Change, Songs Around The World, 2009

*"Talkin' Bout a Revolution" – Leatherface Compact and Bijou EP 1992

Awards and nominations


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