Biography


Songwriting is how I cultivate my own humanity as I pass through a world largely condemning and diminishing of the beauty, interconnections and vulnerability that come with being human. I was not born into a socio-political location that caused me to struggle for justice. I was born both addicted and blind to the privilege and power that global exploitation, militarism and racism hold in place for a few. Thank God I had music. My early touring career brought me across the continental United States and many parts of Central and South America. The songs opened pathways of relationships and the relationships seeded new songs about the lived realities of people in many different places and the struggles for life and justice everywhere.  Now, 20 years after I started writing songs for public performance and community building, I feel some responsibility as an artist to document what I see happening, to demonstrate and declare the movements of liberation alive in the world. Songs born out of the contemporary movements for liberation in the world today can be the fruit of and seeds for justice and beauty now and in the generations to come.

“I am a songwriter, seeking to cultivate my own humanity and the humanity others, through lyrics and melodies, harmonies and stories of liberation.”

-Tracy