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June Spotlight: Tracy Walker

June Spotlight: Tracy Walker

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Tracy Walker is what I like to call my local Ani DiFranco. For those who know me, you know how important those words are. She knows how to rock, how to command an audience, and how to get her words across. Tracy can make you cry or get up and dance, and you will relate to her lyrics as if she knew just what you were thinking.

Tracy Walker has been at the forefront of Cincinnati's independent music scene for over a decade. Walker’s style is a fusion of folk, rock, country, jazz and blues. Tracy has released two albums: "NAKED", which was released to rave reviews, and "All This Time". Both discs are in constant rotation in the libraries of my closest music lovers.

Tracy can be seen playing all over town at music venues, coffee shops, and festivals. Said of her opening performance for the Indigo Girls at Pepsi Jammin On Main, "...those who care about music...were taken by Tracy. It was a startling set. We got goose bumps backstage enjoying people who were enjoying it." –Bob Elias, Event Producer.

I was at that show and while I came to see The Indigo Girls, I left talking about Tracy Walker. Tracy has opened for the legendary Joe Cocker and also shared the stage with Melissa Ferrick, Sally Taylor, Blessid Union of Souls, Jerry Butler, Tom Paxton, Antigone Rising, O.A.R., Pamela Means, Holly Near, Alix Olson, Hot Buttered Rum, Mitch Ryder and many others.

Tracy has also been able to stretch her talents in yet another direction. Her interest in theater has been played out in shows with the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati and Queen City Off-Broadway productions. Recently she was featured in ArtReach’s production of “Cincinnati: City of Immigrants”.

Tracy Walker has won two Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and two CAMMY Awards for music, as well as being voted Best Local Musician in CityBeat's Best Of Cincinnati readers' poll. Walker has contributed her talent and time to many fund raising efforts. Tracy was on the judging panel for the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences Demo Review Panel. She is a mentor for the Songwriter's Summit for Oneness and has also worked with youth through The True Body Project, Artworks, BOYAC, and ArtSafe. Tracy performs extensively in the Greater Cincinnati region and across the country. Tracy has developed a well-deserved reputation as a fierce performer, both as a solo act and with her band.

Check out where to see Tracy next on her CincyMusic.com profile. Make sure to catch her at Bunbury Music Festival Saturday July 14th. Do yourself a favor and if you haven’t seen her yet, go out and DO IT. Then go tell everyone you know how amazing she is!