When her first eponymous CD was released, folk-rock singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman proved to be a refreshing new act in a period dominated by 80’s style glam and glitter. She is known for the simplicity and originality of her style, her warm voice, and her socially-aware and introspective lyrics (people who sing about compassion and human struggles in such a way are too few). The music is finely-crafted and executed. The emotion in her voice and the content of the lyrics make her performances truly moving. She’s definitely an artist you need to hear.
Tracy Chapman started playing guitar and writing songs early on in her life, and was singing in local coffeehouses during college (she studied in anthropology I believe) before she was signed by Elektra. She’s made numerous albums, and plenty of great songs. It was hard to decide which ones to put links to, so I’ll go with a few personal favorites, which include a well-known classic.