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About Tracye Eileen

Tracye Eileen, a Chicago native blends her Gospel roots with a rich, sultry, soulful sound. She has the ability to captivate her audience by embodying the raw emotion of a tune, and has the vocal chops to channel this into a powerful performance. Tracye makes a personal connection with her audience, through her warmth and sense of humor and is backed by her own 5-piece band, “The PTR Band” made up of top Chicago-based musicians.

In 2012, Tracye founded her label Honey Crystal Records, and released her debut Jazz CD “Love’s Journey.” In 2013, she founded Tracye Troy Music Publishing, which features original music such as “Why Did I Say Yes” included on her recent same-titled album. Tracye has a residency at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, where she performs both a monthly jazz set and acoustic blues set . She has also opened for such acts as Babyface, The Stylistics, Mary Wilson, Chante Moore, After 7, Storm Large and Buddy Guy.

CHICAGO VENUES include: Buddy Guy’s Legends, Arcadia Theatre, Hollywood Casino Joliet, The Mayne Stage, Country Club Hills Theatre, Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, The Promontory Chicago, Underground Wonder Bar, M Lounge Chicago Jazz Club, Close Up 2 Jazz Club, Sullivan’s Chicago, ETA Theater Music Monday’s, Fitzgerald’s Night Club, Berwyn, 27 Live Night Club, Jazz in the Grazz Jazz Series Festival, Jazzapalooza Jazz Festival, Mo Better Jazz Series, 57th Street Art Fair-Chicago and Navy Pier.

Reviews From The Press

— Peggy Oliver, SoulTracks.com

“(September 17, 2018) Chicago, Illinois is one of the U.S.’s great musical cities, featuring many major festivals, and is the birthplace for artists such as Buddy Guy, whose Buddy Guy Legends’ club houses top blues performers and still stands strong since opening in 1989. Among the talented artists who have graced the Legends stage is singer/songwriter Tracye Eileen. Though certainly nowhere near familiar as Guy, Junior Wells or others who have frequented Legends, Eileen certainly belongs on that stage, armed with her unique jazz infused R&B vibe. She’s been performing jazz and singing with a woman’s gospel choir for several decades. And with all that vocal talent, Eileen, who has opened for Guy and Babyface, recently started writing more of her own material to achieve her artistry direction. Eileen’s latest single and First Listen feature, “Why Did I Say Yes,” illustrates an inspirational story of hope and healing from a soured love relationship.” (To read more click on logo.)

— Bridget Vaughn, South Side Weekly

“Born and raised in Chatham, Tracye Eileen’s musical career started in a school play when she was 8. Now, she runs her own label, has monthly shows at Buddy Guy’s Legends, and is about to drop her second CD, Why Did I Say Yes. In a conversations with South Side Weekly’s Bridget Vaughn, Eileen talks about her musical journey and her newest release.” (To read more click on logo.)

— Debbie Burke, Debbie Burke Jazz Author - Blog

“Chicago Singer’s Second CD Stands Up Strong! Chatting with Tracye Eileen. Destined to soar to women’s anthem status, vocalist Tracye Eileen’s upcoming release “Why Did I Say Yes” is sung with smarts and sass. Intelligent women, she croons, can still make mistakes, and she proves you can be strong, own it, then move on. Crossing her gospel gutsiness with smooth, jazzy sensibility, Tracye musters every emotion and paints like a master. “Before You” showcases a lovely voice with lyrical twists and spot-on use of vibrato; “Lazy Afternoon” lags like its title suggests, with stunning accompaniment by the piano’s light touch and bass’s unhurried punctuation; and the subtle, swingy waltz “Every Little Bit Hurts” shines a floodlight on Tracye’s educated chops. Her melodies feel intuitive, her pacing is precise and the lyrics leave you nodding in deep approval. This new CD should knock a lot of socks off. Go wiggle your toes and catch the groove.” (To read more click on photo.)

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