19 April 2024
Entertainment Television

The place Has Tracy Chapman Been?

However she will be able to nonetheless be seen round city. The proprietor of a bookstore the place she generally outlets posted on X after her Grammys efficiency that she was “so right down to earth in actual life” when noticed shopping for meals for her canine at a neighborhood pet retailer. (The put up was later deleted.) Others have noticed her standing in line at a well-liked bakery. Earlier than the pandemic, she served as a choose for a highschool scholarship program run by the founders of Seaside Blanket Babylon, a now-defunct cabaret.

Lee Housekeeper, a public relations govt and music promoter in San Francisco, mentioned he had met Chapman just a few occasions at her studio and rehearsal area. He mentioned she was very good and that that they had chatted about performing artists they each know.

A state assemblyman, Matt Haney, mentioned he’s solely seen her as soon as, at a faculty board assembly in 2018 when he served on that board. She was there to assist the college district naming a theater on its property after her pal Sydney Goldstein. It now homes San Francisco’s standard Metropolis Arts & Lectures program.

“She didn’t make an enormous deal of being there,” Haney recalled in an interview. “I don’t suppose she even got here to the mic.”

The Grammys efficiency immediately grew to become a profession spotlight for Chapman, and it may nicely stoke demand for her return to recording and touring. This 12 months she can also be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If she is inducted — an excellent guess — that might present one other alternative for a public look.

“There’s at all times been demand for Tracy Chapman to return to performing,” Wealthy McLaughlin, this system director at WFUV, a radio station in New York that celebrates songwriters, mentioned in an electronic mail. “Whether or not or not it can improve the possibilities of her doing so, nonetheless, is troublesome to foretell.”

Chapman’s longtime followers could have their fingers crossed, however they’ve additionally discovered endurance.

“Tracy Chapman is an artist who follows her muse, not market demand,” McLaughlin added. “If she based mostly her determination solely on demand, she’d have returned to touring years in the past.”