Michael Tracy was celebrated in his hometown, winning the 2017 Queen City Award for Best Rock Artist (Male). Michael had been nominated the past 3 years in the same category the past 3 years. Michael was also nominated in the 2017 Americana category.
Michael Tracy combines straightforward American Rock and Roll with poignant lyrical themes, reminiscent of Rock Singer/Songwriters like Tom Petty & Bob Seger but with a modern edge that hints of The Killers. He has released four studio albums, and together with his band has been invited to be supporting act for rock heavy weights like Bon Jovi (garnering him a featured article in Billboard Magazine), Poison, George Thorogood, Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, Jefferson Starship, Dokken, Marshall Tucker Band, & Foghat. Michael released his new album Still Got Soul on November 17, 2017, recorded in Los Angeles with producer/co-writer Sahaj Ticotin. Michael's latest effort is his most ambitious yet, representing an artist who has clearly found his voice and a "lane" to call his own.
The official music video for the title track "Still Got Soul" was released in Nov. 2017 and already it has received hundreds of thousands combined views on Vevo/Youtube/Facebook and is being picked up by broadcasters across the country including:
- Via In-Store Sports Network - broadcasting in Rooms To Go Stores nationwide in Jan. 2018
- PC Music Pool - servicing the MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, The Bellagio, and other Hotel Resorts & Retail outlets
- California Music Channel - Reaching 2.5 million homes in the Bay Area of California + online stream
- Video Hits - regional TV in Rochester NY reaching over 1 million homes in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester & Syracuse
- OKTV in Germany - Reaching 4 million homes via The Chubb Show regional TV in Charlotte, NC
- The Sound Chamber - Regional TE reaching over 1.5 million homes in the Denver, CO area
More from album: Still Got Soul
“Each and every song possesses that instant, memorable sing along quality...Still Got Soul could well be huge, the massive crossover appeal undoubted.”
“Still Got Soul can be classified as one of the best of 2017. Tracy managed to develop his own creative sound in the American rock wilderness.”
“...his work is of the highest, finest, rawest quality, not one lyric too much, not one sentiment not having been felt by us all at some stage”
It was early 2011 when Michael Tracy began his journey as a singer/songwriter, stepping on stage at a local open mic in Charlotte, NC, to nervously perform some songs he had just written. He had spent his early 20’s in the Navy, stationed on both coasts and traveling to countries throughout the Mediterranean during his time in the military. He married his wife while in the Navy and they have two children together. It was later that Michael joined together his love of words and music as a songwriter, having learned guitar as a child fascinated with books and writing. The open mic performance awakened something in Michael Tracy and he continued honing his chops that first year, jumping on stages all over Charlotte and jamming with local musicians. He went into the studio and recorded his first album, Enough Small Talk, which he released in November 2011.
Over the next two years, Michael put a band together and impressed audiences with his high-energy and soulful performances. By 2013 he won his first of many local and regional awards with the reader’s choice award for Best Songwriter from Creative Loafing Best of Charlotte. He also won the Charlotte Music Awards 2013, and performed his first major opening gig when he was offered the supporting slot for George Thorogood at The Fillmore in Charlotte.
Michael Tracy booked even more high profile supporting gigs in 2014, including opening slots for Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, Jefferson Starship, Dokken, and Zach Myers (Shinedown), and he ended the year ended with his own headline show at The Fillmore promoted by Live Nation. While spending 2014 performing across the region, Michael also returned to the studio and produced his next album Gonna Smile, which was signed by the indie label Spectra Records and released in February 2015.
Despite an eventual falling out with that label and a restructuring of his band, Michael pushed forward and set out to find the right producer that could capture the sound and style he had spent years cultivating, but had yet to realize on a record. In late 2015 Michael would find what he was looking for with Los Angeles producers Bob Marlette (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper) and Sahaj Ticotin (Ra). He traveled to LA and recorded three songs with them that would find themselves on his early-2016 release Love And Worries, a short collection of previously unreleased material that also included a couple of songs recorded in Atlanta, GA with producer Joey Huffman (Hank Jr.) and featuring guitar slinger Rick Richards (Georgia Satellites).
From those original Los Angeles sessions, a bond emerged between Michael and producer Sahaj Ticotin, and a shared belief that together they could create great records. Michael and Sahaj got together in late 2016, co-writing an original Holiday tune that Michael had been working on called “Poinsettia Red.” Immediately in 2017 they began plotting Michael’s next full-length album. His last label experience not being a perfect fit, Michael was inspired to start his own independent label, TW Music Group, to support his newest November 2017 release, Still Got Soul.
Though his time in the studio throughout 2017 kept his performances limited, Michael still booked some of his most notable shows to date. In February Michael and his band opened for Bon Jovi in Greenville, SC, garnering him a featured article in Billboard Magazine. In the early spring, he played two arena shows opening for Poison, and in September was on the PNC Pavilion stage in Charlotte opening for the Jeff Foxworthy/Larry The Cable Guy Back Yard BBQ featuring Marshall Tucker Band & Foghat.