Houston vocalist Jeanie Tracy began singing in the church choir in Fresno, where she grew up. Tracy also took opera and studied piano. She produced her own debut single on the Brown Door label "Making New Friends" before she moved to San Francisco. She played the lead in Oscar Brown Jr.'s Slave Driver in 1970, and then was spotted by Harvey Fuqua in 1976. Tracy was a songwriter and producer for the gospel group Voices of Harmony and also had a solo deal with Fuqua's Milk and Honey label. Her vocals were heard on the soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and she then began singing background vocals for Sylvester. They recorded a duet, "Here Is My Love," in 1981, and Tracy's own Fantasy session Me And You was issued in 1982. She sang lead on Freddie Hubbard's "Splash" that same year, and did background vocals on releases by Jeffrey Osborne, Narada Michael Walden, Peabo Bryson, Aretha Franklin/George Michael, Two Tons of Fun, the Skool Boyz, and Herbie Hancock. Tracy later recorded on the Megatone label, doing dance-oriented material. Despite her undeniable power and range, she was unable to land a breakout hit until her first single for AM Records, 1999's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," hit the Top 20 dance charts. ~ Ron WynnPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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