Tracy Chapman is an acclaimed American singer-songwriter and musician. She climbed the stairs of success and fame with her string of record breaking single hits like “Baby Can I Hold U”, “Give Me One Reason”, “Fast Car”, “Telling Stories” and “Crossroads”. The album “Tracy Chapman” released in 1988 was commercially successful and garnered critical acclaim and went on to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The singer has been honored with the prestigious Grammy awards four times in her career. The lyrics of her songs strongly reflect her views on several social issues. The highly educated artist has received her B.A degree in Anthropology and African studies from Tufts University.
The phenomenal success enjoyed by Tracy in her musical career has turned her into a very wealthy woman with a net worth of close to $38 million. The vast chunk of this massive bank balance has come from the sales proceeds of her many chart topping albums. The singer’s live concerts held in continents like North America and Europe have managed to rake in millions of dollars owing to Chapman’s widespread popularity.
The singer doesn’t lead a very ostentatious life even though she can easily afford it given her vast wealth owing to the sympathy she feels for poor people. Tracy lives in a comfortable mansion in San Francisco, California valued at $1 million and prefers to spend a lot of her spare time indoors with her family. Occasionally Chapman embarks on family vacations to de-stress herself. The iconic singer has earned a well-deserved reputation as a prominent social and political activist. The lady has performed in numerous charity fund raising concerts and donated a lot of money to several philanthropic organizations spread around the globe. NGO’s like Make Poverty History and AMFAR have benefited from her generosity. Tracy is a stanch advocate of universal human rights and campaigned actively against the apartheid regime in South Africa extending her complete support to Nelson Mandela.
Tracy Chapman was born in Ohio in a lower middle-class family. She was raised single-handedly by her mother and endured a lot of financial difficulties in her formative years. Tracy's love for music started at a tender age of three when her mother gifted a guitar. Chapman started to pen songs and play the guitar from a very young age taking inspiration from the musical shows on television. Tracy has always maintained a strong separation between her professional and personal life. Chapman’s personal life has been completely controversy free and not much is known about her relationships. The only known fact in the public domain is that the singer dated author Alice Walker way back in the mid-1990s.