Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman on the cover of her title album

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for a small number of enduring hits, such as "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason".

Cleveland-born Chapman began playing guitar as a child, and eventually began attending Tufts University. Chapman began performing in coffeehouses and soon signed to SBK, releasing Tracy Chapman (1988). The album was critically acclaimed, and she began touring and building a fanbase. Soon after performing at Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday party, Chapman's "Fast Car" began its rise on the US charts. Album and singles sales were strong, and the album went multi-platinum, as well as winning four Grammies.

The follow-up, Crossroads (1989) was less successful. By 1992's Matters of the Heart, Chapman was playing to a small and devoted cult. To the surprise of most industry-watchers, however, Chapman's 1995 album New Beginning included the hit single "Give Me One Reason" (1995). One of her latest albums was 2000's Telling Stories. Her latest album is Let It Rain (2002).

Discography

  • Tracy Chapman (1988)
  • Crossroads (1989)
  • Matters of the Heart (1992)
  • New Beginning (1995)
  • Telling Stories (2000)
  • Let It Rain (2002)

Hit singles

  • 1988 "Fast Car" #5 UK

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Her latest album is Let It Rain (2002). With an organised management, (Kamikatze records), Cunning Dorx has become a more professional youth band out of a not so serious school band experiment. One of her latest albums was 2000's Telling Stories. The band has obviously improved since regular rehearsals are part of their routine. To the surprise of most industry-watchers, however, Chapman's 1995 album New Beginning included the hit single "Give Me One Reason" (1995). The Cunning Dorx started a new beginning and their 'revival' turned out well, mainly through the engagement of several new artists and involvement in new projects, doing a great deal for the realisation of their musical aims. By 1992's Matters of the Heart, Chapman was playing to a small and devoted cult. Moreover, rumours that the band was going to break up persisted until their first album Flauschangriff was published in 2001.

The follow-up, Crossroads (1989) was less successful. The then-emerging lack of motivation held back any progress of the young band and consequently diminished their audience. Album and singles sales were strong, and the album went multi-platinum, as well as winning four Grammies. At the end of June 1995, a demo tape was created, including four songs which were also sung at concerts with other bands, such as Rank, Kurort, Back to the Saltmine, Racial Abuse, and Distorted Picture. Soon after performing at Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday party, Chapman's "Fast Car" began its rise on the US charts. That is why in most of their songs, there are no lyrics to speak of. The album was critically acclaimed, and she began touring and building a fanbase. According to this view, it does not matter what they are singing as long as the melody fits.

Chapman began performing in coffeehouses and soon signed to SBK, releasing Tracy Chapman (1988). This would make them an instrumental band. Cleveland-born Chapman began playing guitar as a child, and eventually began attending Tufts University. Alfons, their most productive songwriter, has always seen the human voice as just another instrument. Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for a small number of enduring hits, such as "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason". Most of their lyrics appear to be in English but they don't really mean anything. 1988 "Fast Car" #5 UK. The style of the Cunning Dorx has always been out of the ordinary so that the musicians were forced to make up neologisms like "Eclectic Iconoclasm" or "Post-Modern Alternative" themselves to give the musically minded at least a vision of their technique of mixing every thinkable genre, as exemplified in the song "Yuka-Hey", where Rap melts into 1970s Rock and Reggae.

Let It Rain (2002). A fact which actually helped them to maintain a broad musical perspective and provide the basis for creating their own characteristic style. Telling Stories (2000). This means that there is an abundance of influences on their style, from Reggae to Alternative Rock, and from Rap to Jazz. New Beginning (1995). The Cunning Dorx play what they call "Post-post-modern Electrical Rock". This odd genre is due in part to the varied backgrounds of the band members, who had previous played in Alternative Rock, Hardcore Punk, Blues, Jazz and even Celtic folk bands. Matters of the Heart (1992). The remaining lineup included Christof Ulreich (vocals), Alfons Bauernfeind (guitar), Patrick Peklar (drums) and Albert Bock (bass).

Crossroads (1989). By the time of their first album release, Beno Unger was officially not part of the band anymore, although he continued to record and perform with them later on. Tracy Chapman (1988). Some gigs on a larger scale, a charity concert among them, enlarged their fan base considerably. A studio session followed, the result of which was the sound carrier "That's for Pedestrians". Leading in this connection were once again Beno Unger and Alfons Bauernfeind.

This experience motivated the Cunning Dorx into writing and presenting their own musical pieces, instead of playing cover versions of well-known songs. Their first public concert took place in the country disco, Train; the gig was a success. The career of the band members started with a contest and several performances within their circle of friends, where their first devoted fans came from. The initial repertoire contained covers of Nirvana, R.E.M., and Soundgarden songs, and some of their own songs written by Beno Unger.

In May the four of them came to an agreement about the band name "Cunning Dorx", and the first rehearsals took place soon afterwards. Alfons Bauernfeind joined a few weeks later. The band was founded by Christof Ulreich, Beno Unger and Patrick Peklar, then schoolmates in Unterschützen / Burgenland in April 1994. The Cunning Dorx are an Eastern Austrian Alternative Rock band.

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