Sunday, May 4, 2008

Tracie Spencer

Tracie Spencer (born Tracie Monique Spencer on July 12, 1976 in Waterloo, Iowa) was a female R&B singer from the '80s and '90s. She is the daughter of one of the members of a group called the Cavaliers who opened for Jackie Wilson.

Tracie produced her first music video which led to her gaining a spot on "Star Search" where she sung Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and won the competition. After that, she signed to Capitol Records, becoming the youngest female artist to sign to a record deal with a major label.
In 1988, 12-year-old Tracie released her self-titled album. The album peaked at #146 on the Billboard 200 and #57 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Symptoms of True Love" peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #11 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1988, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #100 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "Hide and Seek" peaked at #32 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in October of 1988, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The last single from the album, a cover version of John Lennon's song, "Imagine" peaked at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #31 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1989, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
In 1990, she released her sophomore album, "Make the Difference" which peaked at #107 on the Billboard 200, #38 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #11 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The first single, "Save Your Love" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #7 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in October of 1990, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The second single, "This House" became a hit for Tracie, peakin at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in March of 1991, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. The song also peaked at #65 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single, "This Time Make it Funky" peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #31 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1991, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The fourth single, "Tender Kisses" peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in November of 1991, staying on the chart for 28 weeks. She later became the youngest female artist to receive the ASCAP "Songwriter of the Year" award.
The last single from the album, "Love Me" peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in May of 1991, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

Tracie served on the board of the Children's Defense Fund as a teenager and was given the Martin Luther King Christian Leadership Award for being a positive role model to youth and traveling across the United States & abroad as part of a "Stay in School" program.

Tracie made a guest-appearance on the ABC sitcom, "Family Matters" and later took a break from the music scene to focus on her education.

In 1997, she recorded the song, "I'll Be There For You" for the "Good Burger" movie soundtrack. She modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, and Dollhouse, which lead to her being a part of New York and L.A.'s fashion weeks in 1999-2000.
In 1999, Tracie released her self-titled third album, which peaked at #114 on the Billboard 200, #19 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The first single, "It's All About You (Not About Me)" peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart in August of 1999, staying on the chart for 23 weeks. The song also peaked at #65 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "Still in My Heart" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in March of 2000, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.

During the 2000s, Tracie sang background vocals on hip-hop songs for rappers such as Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Eve along with songwriting for other artists' projects. In 2004, she acted in the short film, "A Tale of Two Sisters" and in 2006, she performed in a play called "Choices" in Los Angeles.

As of 2007, Tracie has taken a break from music, but she still continues to model and pursue other interests.

To see the music video for "Symptoms of True Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM4JU1CPL7A

To see the music video for "Hide and Seek," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBBlt1s6M5k

To see the music video for "Imagine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46IdWkGqq90

To see the music video for "Save Your Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cu69BxVBnw

To see the music video for "This House," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaFmiIyPcg

To see the music video for "This Time Make it Funky," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJsStCDbq-s

To see the music video for "Tender Kisses," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1mIku1kAHI

To see the music video for "Love Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeSEp34xHV4

To see the music video for "It's All About You (Not About Me)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr_NE95KNCM

To see the music video for "Still in My Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X5VvUCxO3g


As a bonus, here are two videos of Tracie's appearances on "Star Search."

To see the first video, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQDTeN6CNec

To see the second video, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DpNrIe_MgA


[updated on 04\18\2016]

2 comments:

Optimus Prime Time said...

She been fine her whole life!

S. Baker said...

co-sign with optimus prime time. had a crush on her back in the day. always had a great voice. lol.