Tracie Spencer

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Not to be confused with Tracy Spencer.
Tracie Spencer
Birth name Tracie Monique Spencer
Born (1976-07-12) July 12, 1976 (age 38)
Origin Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.
Genres Pop, dance-pop, soul, R&B, new jack swing
Occupations Singer-Songwriter, Actress, Model
Years active 1987-2007
Labels Capitol
EMI Records
Associated acts Tevin Campbell, Al B. Sure!, Shanice, Tony! Toni! Toné!, New Kids on the Block

Tracie Monique Spencer (born July 12, 1976 in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American R&B and Pop, Singer-songwriter, Actress, and Model. She is best known for her singing with singles; Symptoms of True Love (1988), Tender Kisses (1991) and It's All About You (Not About Me) (1999). As of 2007, Spencer has taken a hiatus from music; however, she is still modeling and pursuing other interests.

Early life[edit]

Spencer was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She began singing by the age of three and modeling in pageant competitions at age five. Tracie performed, produced and directed her first music videos before she was ten years of age. This led to her competing on Star Search the 1980s CBS televised talent competition. She performed Whitney Houston's 1986 hit "How Will I Know" and won the competition.[1]

Career[edit]

Shortly thereafter, she became the youngest female artist to sign a record deal with a major label, Capitol Records, and to release a self-titled debut album on January 16, 1988. She found success with the singles "Hide and Seek", "Symptoms of True Love" and her remake of John Lennon's "Imagine". Her second album, Make the Difference, was released on August 27, 1990. The first single, "Save Your Love", showed an impressive standing at #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Her following single, "This House", became her biggest hit to date reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Tender Kisses", one of her best-known ballads, hit #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and made her the youngest female artist to receive the ASCAP songwriter of the year award. The other singles, "This Time Make It Funky" and "Love Me", charted relatively well on The Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

Spencer served on the board of the Children's Defense Fund as a teen and was given the Martin Luther King Christian Leadership Award for being a positive role model to youth and traveling across the US and abroad as part of a "Stay In School" program. She made a guest appearance on the hit ABC sitcom, Family Matters as well as commercials, in 1993 and recorded the song "I'll Be There for You" for the 1997 film, Good Burger, "The Rain" for Down in the Delta, and Girlfight, starring Michelle Rodriguez. She also modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, and Dollhouse, which led to her being a part of New York and LA's fashion weeks in 1999-2000, being styled by Derek Khan, being signed to "NEXT" modeling agency and appearing in numerous magazines.On June 29, 1999, she released Tracie, which featured the singles "It's All About You (Not About Me)" and "Still In My Heart."

In the 2000s, she started singing background vocals on hip-hop songs for rappers such as Kanye West ("Slow Jamz" and "Never Let Me Down" from The College Dropout), 50 Cent ("Back Down" from Ger Rich Or Die Tryin'), and Eve as well as songwriting for other artist's projects. She acted in the short film, A Tale of Two Sisters; in 2004 and in 2006, she performed in a play called Choices in Los Angeles, California.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US R&B
[2]
GER
[3]
1988 Tracie Spencer
  • First studio album
  • Release date: January 16, 1988
  • Label: Capitol
146 57 46
1990 Make the Difference
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: August 20, 1990
  • Label: Capitol
107 38
1999 Tracie
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: June 29, 1999
  • Label: Capitol
114 19
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
US
Dan

[2]
AUS
[4]
GER
[3]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
1988 "Symptoms of True Love" 38 11 14 24 Tracie Spencer
"Hide and Seek" 32
1989 "Imagine" 85 31
1990 "Save Your Love" 7 20 Make the Difference
"This House" 3 7 7 87 26 65
1991 "This Time Make It Funky" 54 31 13 48
"Tender Kisses" 42 1
1992 "Love Me" 48 2
1999 "It's All About You (Not About Me)" 18 6 65 Tracie
2000 "Still in My Heart" 88 36 39
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Cover versions[edit]

Her song "My First Broken Heart" was covered by a Filipina diva-actress Iya Villania, and released in 2008 on her album Finally!.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DiVA station". Tracie Spencer bio. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Tracie Spencer". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b "GER Charts > Tracie Spencer". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  4. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "NZ Charts > Tracie Spencer". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  6. ^ "UK Charts > Tracie Spencer". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  7. ^ "I Love MYX". ABS-CBN Interactive. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 

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