Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tracy Chapman keeps her career running smoothly.(Venue)

Byline: Kevin Hopper FOR THE Journal

'Fast Car' didn't run over integrity

In 1988, seemingly out of nowhere, the unassuming Tracy Chapman took the pop music world by storm with a quiet, plaintive voice and a solitary acoustic guitar. Not since James Taylor in the early '70s had a singer/songwriter caused such a stir in an industry dominated by electric instruments and fashionable gimmicks.

Her eponymous 1988 debut, and most notably the hit single "Fast Car," quickly gained the Cleveland native worldwide fame, four Grammy Awards (one for Best New Artist) and ushered in a new era of folk music that still continues to this day.

But sales of subsequent albums proved less successful and Chapman has settled comfortably into cult status. …

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