Tracy Young in 2012
|Birth name||Theresa Young|
November 9, 1970 |
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
|Genres||House, Tribal House, Deep House, Tech House|
|Labels||Ferosh Records, F-Region Productions|
Theresa “Tracy” Young (born November 9, 1970), is an American electronic dance music DJ, producer, remixer, radio personality and entertainment correspondent. She is well known for her work as a professional deejay in addition to re-mixing songs for such artists as Madonna, Britney Spears, Pink and Cher.
Young was born in Charlottesville, Virginia to Phillip and Patricia Young. At the age of three, her parents moved to Arlington. Young's parents divorced in 1978 which resulted in numerous moves during her early years, finally settling in Alexandria, only a short distance from Washington, D.C.. Growing up in a divorced household, Young was influenced not only by her family (her father is a commercial real estate broker while her mother worked at the Pentagon during the Reagan Administration; her step-mother owns an independent toy shop while her step-father was a minister), but was also influenced by the surrounding communities around her home. With a strong influence on her musical influences, the time she spent at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria allowed her to branch out into exploring a career in music. She commenced her deejay career at the age of 19 years old, and later went professional in 1992 when she became resident deejay at the Hill Haven Nightclub in Washington. Young graduated in 1997 from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication.
Young began her professional radio career in 1993 as an intern at the urban-leaning rhythmic-formatted radio station WPGC 95.5FM in Washington while attending the University of Maryland. In 1993 Young became the on-air mix show deejay for several of the station's talk shows. In 1995, she was promoted to Assistant Music Director and in 1997 became the Music Director at WPGC 95.5FM where she remained for a year and a half before accepting a new position as Interscope Records's Southeast Regional Promotions Director. The new position resulted her in relocating to Miami, a city with a thriving club music scene. Shortly after her move, Young met club impresario Ingrid Casares, who along with Chris Paciello opened Liquid nightclub in South Beach. By 1998, Young had landed the a permanent deejay residency at Liquid. During her residency, she served as the deejay for many events hosted by celebrities including Sean Puffy Combs, Russell Simmons, Cher, Ricky Martin and The Smashing Pumpkins. It was during her time at Liquid, where Young first met Madonna at a party and landed a prominent gig to serve as the deejay for the party celebrating the launch of Madonna's film The Next Best Thing. Their professional relationship blossomed and in 2000 Young was asked to deejay for the Madonna's and Guy Ritchie's wedding held in Scotland.
Throughout her career as a professional DJ, Young has served as a deejay for many events including The Emmy Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, Kylie Minogue's 2011 North American tour, and Britney Spear’s 21st birthday. In 2003, Young launched her record label, Ferosh Records, and also began serving as executive producer of the annual New Years Day party called Genesis, and supports philanthropic causes by holding fundraising campaigns for various LGBT charities such as GLAAD, GMHC, Elton John AIDS Foundation and The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
She has appeared in numerous television programs such as MTV‘s House of Style, BET’s Rap City, E!’s Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Miami and LOGO’s reality-television series, The A-List: New York. She received plenty of media attention when it was discovered that Young had a relationship with Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kim Zolciak, after they were photographed together while in public. Young later remixed Zolciak's single "Tardy for the Party”.
Presently splitting her time between Miami and New York City. In addition to her residencies, she continues to travel throughout the world to play at major events and continues to release both original and remix productions.
- Inside My Head (2001)
- Party Groove: White Party 02 (2002)
- A Long Time Coming: The Tracy Young Experience(2002)
- The Circuit Party Vol. 7 (2002)
- White Party 2003: Flash Back - Fast Forward (2003)
- Winter Party Vol. 4 - Tracy Young/Warren Gluck (2005)
- Danceculture (2005)
- Danceculture 2 (2006)
- Genesis Pt. 1 (2009)
- Believe In We
- Unreleased Vol. 1
- Living Theater (Remixes)
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- Churchville, Sara (2011). "Tracy Young: Some Girls Just Know How To Do It", South Beach Magazine
- Landers, John (2004). "Get into the Groove: Tracy Young is a DJ with a Heart of Gold" Broward Palm Beach New Times
- Hamersly, Mike (2011). "DJ Tracy Young returns to her hometown of Miami to spin New Year's Day at the Genesis party at Mansion", 'Miami.com'
- Huffington Post (2010), "Kim Zolciak & Tracy Young Dating: Real Housewives' Star Now A Lesbian?"