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tracie merchant: bio

 

Tracie continues to promote her popular release, That's Mine.

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“Tracie has one of those rare and distinctive voices that makes people stop what they are doing and pay attention.” – Abby Goldstein

“Tracie Merchant. Her name alone sounds like someone who's sold millions of records.” – Josh Alan

“The first time I heard Tracie perform, I knew that her music and my film belonged together. It was as if the film had been waiting for Tracie’s sound.”– Kevin Nash

North Texas e-News calls Tracie "Entertaining...[with a] potent voice."

Beanstock.org, 2003 – Performer, Assistant Producer, Stage Manager

 

3rd Annual DallasMusic.com Awards – online voters named her “Female Vocalist of the Year", February of 2002.

Two of Tracie’s songs are showcased in Air, an independent, half-length film. “Free” accompanies the movie's opening sequence and “Independence Day” bookends the film during the credits. Air has been featured at several film festivals, independent outlets, and PBS. www.airthemovie.com

The Ackermans recorded “Independence Day” on their Code of the West. It’s featured twice...one version with a French chorus for the Ackerman’s annual European tour.

1998 & 1999 finalist, Lillith Fair Talent Search, Dallas 

Performed notable venues Poor David’s Pub, Club Dada, Casbeers, Anderson Fair, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House, Mother Eagan’s, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.  Shared a stage with Teri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, Adam Carroll, Guy Forsyth, Ruthie Foster, Tom Prasado-Rao, Carrie Cooper, Ken Gains, and Butch Morgan…opened shows for headliners like Betty Lavette, Trout Fishing in America.

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With deep roots in rural Texas and Oklahoma, Tracie Merchant grew up in suburban Dallas.   An only child, she spent hour upon uninterrupted hour with the family's record collection...Elvis, Marty Robbins, Jonny Mathis, Peter Paul and Mary, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Smother’s Brothers, West Side Story, the Sound of Music.  Her grandparents danced in the living room to the Lawrence Welk Show, and she sang hymns in church every Sunday.  Hearing Susan Vega, Tracy Chapman, and Cindy Lauper on her radio created curiosity for songs themselves.  During high school, she met the dynamic songwriter Karl Anthony (now of California) who inspired her to write her own songs.

Tracie went on to study violin and music composition at the University of North Texas.  Not completely satisfied, she decided to jump into songwriting.  Head first.

She played every open-mike and dive bar that would let her on stage.  Bob and Sally Ackerman (husband/wife duo of Dallas) and Jack Hardy (of New York) encouraged her to keep writing.  Bill Nash (of Dallas) introduced her to the Kerrville Folk Festival and Rocky Mountain Song School.  David Card, owner of Poor David’s Pub, booked her for her first "real" opening gig.

Performing in Texas, with a few trips to New York, people began to ask to purchase music.  A finalist several years running in the B.W. Stevenson Songwriting Competition, and winner of DallasMusic.com’s Female Vocalist of the Year, she decided it was time to record.

She launched That's Mine, on her own label, 225 Miles Music.  Self-produced (engineered by Carlos Flood), her debut opus features ten original songs...all acoustic, live studio cuts: simply voice and guitar.  Two songs were penned with Darryl Lee Rush.

This heartfelt recording is simply a taste of her talent…you have to experience the passionate and soulful performance of Tracie Merchant. "I see singing, playing, and writing as something that I'm supposed to be doing", she explains.  "I don't really know why.  My life was good, but I was never really happy.  It was something I had to do for myself.  I see so many people living a life they really don't enjoy.  I wanted to follow my heart – I didn't know where that might take me, but I wanted to find out.” She is quite ambitious, but likes an uncomplicated life.  “Life is simpler when you live what you love,” she says.  If you listen, you can hear her message, and it will take you along for a ride…hang on.

Tracie currently lives in the Fort Worth area with her husband Guy, their two 50 pound lap dogs and two cats who know they are in charge.