R&B artist Tracy impressed crowd at Bash at the BayWritten by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been said that where words fail, music speaks. If that’s true, then Tracy is the epitome of an orator. Making moves to become a major label R&B singer since 2005, Tracy has achieved the status that every Toledo artist aspires to obtain. And he took the road less traveled to get there.
Contrary to popular belief, Tracy wasn’t always popular in Toledo. He was an unknown singer and had to pay dues to get where he is now. From going to the clubs every weekend and relentlessly handing his CDs to the DJs, to buying them drinks, to carrying their music into the building for them, Tracy was determined to never fall on deaf ears.
Plenty of artists go into the clubs and try to give their music to the DJs, only to be never heard of again. The difference is, Tracy has the personality that draws people toward him. It is not enough to say, “Here’s my music. Play it.” One would be surprised at how much of a difference a proper introduction makes. “What’s going on? I’m Tracy, an R&B artist. I brought you a CD, so whenever you get a minute, I’d appreciate it if you checked it out and let me know what you think.” And he wasn’t afraid to give a variation of that speech dozens of times until he was taken seriously.
After months of handing DJ Kausion his song “If It Ain’t You,” in 2006, DJ Kausion finally gave it a listen, and immediately started playing it. Another respected Toledo DJ, Big Lou Da Mayor, played Tracy’s song “Go Live” as the club was letting out, and when he realized no one left the dance floor, he asked Tracy for more copies of the song.
In 2007, Hutch Daddy Dolla brought the biggest urban event to Northwest Ohio, Bash at the Bay, to Maumee Bay State Park, and asked Tracy to perform. During this first performance in front of thousands of people, Tracy impressed the crowd and moved with the style of a young star.
After four years of anticipation, in 2009, Tracy released his first album, “The Rarebreed,” and had a release party at the Erie Street Market. He sold out of tickets, and had flawless performances all night. All the money that was made from that night has gone back into his career, whether funding more CDs to sell, photo shoots, or recording fees. “The Rarebreed” is not only still selling throughout Northwest Ohio, but overseas as well.
2010 has by far been Tracy’s best year. Every morning he wakes up and sends friend requests to people on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. Still promoting his album, Tracy has performed at the world-famous Apollo Theater, BET’s “106 & Park” and made it to the second round in Steve Harvey’s “Radio Star Contest” and music legend Andre Harell’s “Superstar Soul Search.” He has also kept the attention of several executives and influential DJs, like Tony Neal, founder and CEO of the Core DJs, who personally asked me to send him Tracy’s music.
Bash at the Bay 2010 was the manifestation of Tracy’s hustle. He was the biggest artist on the ticket; bigger than the major label acts if measured in public interest and crowd participation. With a drumline, dancers and stage presence to keep the crowd engaged, Tracy’s performance was exceptional compared to everyone else’s (with U.G.E. in a very close second).
There is not a place in Toledo where Tracy can go and not be asked to sing, sign an autograph or take a picture. But there are plenty of places in the country where that doesn’t happen.
A wise man told Tracy, “Get out of Toledo. Don’t become another local legend.”
And now I say it to him: There is nothing else you can do in Toledo, Tracy. It’s time to revert back to 2005 and introduce yourself to DJs in Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago, and start buying drinks and carrying equipment again, so that the local paper there can write this exact article on you in a couple of years.
I can’t wait to read it.