We’ve been playing out two tracks from Tracey Clark Jeffries – All You Need To Know and Stay – over the last few days and weeks, but who is Tracey? We caught up with her to find out …
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
I am a native of St. Louis, Missouri born and raised. I am a mother of four adult kids and have spent my career running a management consulting firm helping other organizations improve community growth.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
I have enjoyed writing since I was a child in my teens I was part of a female rap group I wrote many of the lyrics then. I enjoy poetry and love art in the form of visual and performing.
Music has always been a part of my life; I grew up in a household where music was played a lot; my mother and grandmother could sing. My grandmother sang in a local nightclub in St. Louis. Red Fox warm the crowd with jokes, my grandmother was the second act then Ella Fitzgerald. My grandmother traded in her music for family. As a child my mother did not make much money and for us to make ends meet my mother would go around town to local talent shows and sing and perform often she would win. She would leave the radio on so I could hear her sing because many of the talent shows were on the air.
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
I grew up listening to Motown, Jazz, R&B, country, rock, blues, and gospel. Name it and it played in our home. It made me pretty diverse in my listening range of music.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
I spent my early adult years singing in the church choir and with interdenominational groups. I enjoy singing mostly R&B/Jazz with a soulful twist. I enjoy ballets and wish more was played in the industry.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
Artists I enjoy listening to now include Teddy Swims, Sza, Cocao Jones, Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
I would love to collaborate with artists like John Legend or Chris Brown.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plans is to continue writing music, and creating music that people would like to hear. I also plan to write for other striving artists.
Where can we find your music?
Listeners can play my music on Amazon.