Tracye Eileen's Bio

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 The first weekend in March 2020, Tracye Eileen exuberantly danced and sang “Somehow Someway” at the video shoot from a perch high atop a downtown Los Angeles building. The R&B/jazz singer had spent the last eleven years building towards this moment, excited about the upcoming release of her “It’s Time.” EP prefaced by the single that drops Friday. Taking direction from Emmy Award winner Ali LeRoi (“The Chris Rock Show,” “Everybody Hates Chris”), the Chicago native’s time seemed to finally have come. Moving rhythmically in front of a brilliant blue-sky backdrop as wind tossed her curly hair, Eileen never could have anticipated having to push the project’s release date back because of a global pandemic. The set of intimate love songs that she wrote and is eager to share with the world dropped June 12th and rose to global acclaim with the single "Now That We're Here" reaching #2 on the UK Soul Chart and hit #67 on the SmoothJazz.com Top 100 Album Chart!

 

Eileen had been meticulously planning and preparing to take her music career to a new level. A slight delay in the release of her third recording didn't to stop her.

 

“It took a while to bring this project and my career to where I’m ready to move to the next level. My dream and goal have always been to be an internationally known soul/R&B artist. This project represents my next leap. It’s time now for that transition to happen. It’s time for all these projects to come to fruition,” said Eileen, who will begin introducing music from “It’s Time.” to fans this Friday at 6pm ET/5pm CT/3pm PT via Facebook and Instagram on what she calls “Meet Me In My Parlor: A Musical Interlude with Tracye Eileen.” Subsequent episodes will air at that time every other Friday leading up to the EP release date.

 

Eileen linked up with producer-songwriter Kendall Duffie in his Nashville recording studio, crafting an EP that delivers a sophisticated blend of soothing soul and sensual R&B grooves.      

 

“I co-wrote the new songs with Kendall and it was pretty ironic that what he came up with was in line with my thoughts and emotions, expressing how I feel. I think the music composition flowed well with the sentiment of each song,” said Eileen about the disc that opens with the first radio single.

 

“‘Somehow Someway’ felt so soothing to me. I had taken a solo vacation to Belize and I remember being in a hammock, swinging over the ocean, listening to the instrumental track over and over and having the lyrics just come to me. ‘Somehow Someway’ describes a relationship that says, ‘You’ve got to find your way to me somehow someway’ and the experience of what that’s going to feel like being in that relationship.”

 

Eileen acknowledges that the songs on “It’s Time.” are about her romantic life. “The three new songs are aspirational. Now it’s time. I’ve done a lot of work on myself and now I’m ready for the type of love that I want in my life.”

 

Cruising on a midtempo groove with a soulful sax caress from Donald Hayes, “Now That We’re Here” is about committing to the relationship. Eileen’s jazz vocal roots are evident on the rousing “Sweeter With Time,” a tune about how love grows, anchored by a deft drum and bass rhythm track played by Terry Baker and Simeon Baker respectively.   

 

The EP closes with two versions – including a house mix - of the first song Eileen ever wrote, “Why Did I Say Yes,” the title cut of her 2018 album.

 

“I started my professional music career after I got divorced, deciding to invest in myself to release a jazz album, ‘Love’s Journey’ (2012), after having previously invested in my ex-husband’s dreams. I decided to be self-revealing because I want my music to be authentic and real, songs that people could connect to, so I knew it had to be truthful. I’ve had both men and women connect with ‘Why Did I Say Yes,’ which I wrote with the longtime keyboardist in my band, Tom Viatsas. It’s about being in a relationship that you know is not good for you, but you’re in love. When you finally make your way out of it, maybe you run into the person again and you find yourself right back to where you started. Eventually, you make a choice for yourself. You choose you and you choose to operate and stay on a higher plane. The song comes from a very positive place of growth and change.”

 

While Eileen didn’t set out to write a theme EP where all the songs are connected, it happened organically.     

 

“I didn’t recognize how connected the songs were until I started thinking about an EP title. ‘It’s Time.’ came to me in addition to how the songs tie together and why. I knew I wanted to write about a love that I wanted in my life having grown from my past experiences, but I didn’t plan for the songs to flow in a sequence the way they do naturally.”

 

Eileen’s monthly residency with her five-piece band at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago is on hold for the moment because of coronavirus concerns. Over the years, she’s opened for Babyface, The Stylistics, Mary Wilson, Chante Moore, After 7 and Buddy Guy himself.  Listen and Enjoy!

Press 

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— LANA K. WILSON-COMBS, N2ENTERTAINMENT.NET

“The first weekend in March, Tracye Eileen exuberantly danced and sang “Somehow Someway” at the video shoot from a perch high atop a downtown Los Angeles building.The R&B/jazz singer had spent the last eleven years building towards this moment, excited about the upcoming release of her “It’s Time” EP (June 12) prefaced by the new single, “Somehow Someway.” Taking direction from Emmy Award winner Ali LeRoi (“The Chris Rock Show,” “Everybody Hates Chris”), the Chicago native’s time seemed to finally have come. Moving rhythmically in front of a brilliant blue-sky backdrop as wind tossed her curly hair, Eileen never could have anticipated having to push the project’s release date back because of a global pandemic. The set of intimate love songs that she wrote and is eager to share with the world arrives on June 12.” (To read more click on photo.)

— ZIEGE ALL BEITRAGE, SONIC SOUL

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“Solide. Und ohne Mätzchen. Ein locker eingespielter Groove, feine Instrumentierung und eine Produktion, die dezent Soul und Jazz und Pop vermengt. Kein Wunder, denn Kendall Duffie, der durch seine Kloud 9 Musiken mit Zwillingsbruder Kelvis einen überaus guten Ruf geniest, ist verantwortlich für den guten Ton, den Tracye Eileen mit elegant-zurückhaltendem Vokal-Klang aufgreift und entspannt ins Ziel führt. „It’s Time“ wird die dazu eingespielte EP heißen, die ab Juni erhältlich sein wird.”  (To read more click on photo.)

— PEGGY OLIVER, SOULTRACKS.COM

(April 27, 2020) As Tracye Eileen strategically worked out all the details of her third CD, she had the goal of pushing her artistry to become an internationally known soul artist. She already has a rich history, opening for such artists as The Stylistics and Buddy Guy and establishing a monthly residency at Guy’s Legends club in her hometown of Chicago. There were plenty of personal sacrifices and dues paying between her debut 2012 CD, Love’s Journey, and her breakthrough sophomore project, Why Did I Say Yes. That 2018 release provided opportunity for SoulTracks to welcome Eileen with a story on the song’s title track, a stylishly soulful jazz song focusing on a relationship that was falling apart, and the choices it created.” (To read more click on photo.)

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— CHRIS SPECTOR, MIDWEST RECORD BLOG

TRACYE EILEEN/It's Time: Over due debut from a jazzy/funky vocalist that remains a classy lady throughout. Loaded with just the right grooves at just the right times, too bad it's only an ep because more of this would be a good thing..” (To read more click on photo.)

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—THEURBANMUSICSCENE.COM

The R&B/jazz singer had spent the last eleven years building towards this moment, excited about the upcoming release of her “It’s Time.” EP prefaced by the single that drops Friday. Taking direction from Emmy Award winner Ali LeRoi (“The Chris Rock Show,” “Everybody Hates Chris”), the Chicago native’s time seemed to finally have come. Eileen never could have anticipated having to push the project’s release date back because of a global pandemic." (To read more click on photo.)

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— KEYS AND CHORDS MAGAZINE

Eileen has been meticulously planning and preparing to take her music career to a new level.“This project represents my next leap. It’s time now for that transition to happen. It’s time for all these projects to come to fruition,” said Eileen, who will begin introducing music from “It’s Time.” to fans this Friday at 6pm ET/5pm CT/3pm PT via Facebook and Instagram on what she calls “Meet Me In My Parlor: A Musical Interlude with Tracye Eileen.” Subsequent episodes will air at that time every other Friday leading up to the EP release date." (To read more click on photo.)

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— JAZZHQ BLOG

Eileen linked up with producer-songwriter Kendall Duffie in his Nashville recording studio, crafting an EP that delivers a sophisticated blend of soothing soul and sensual R&B grooves.“I co-wrote the new songs with Kendall and it was pretty ironic that what he came up with was in line with my thoughts and emotions, expressing how I feel. I think the music composition flowed well with the sentiment of each song,” said Eileen about the disc that opens with the first radio single." (To read more click on photo.)

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— GREAT SCOTT PR, JAZZCORNER.COM

Somehow Someway' felt so soothing to me. I had taken a solo vacation to Belize and I remember being in a hammock, swinging over the ocean, listening to the instrumental track over and over and having the lyrics just come to me. ‘Somehow Someway' describes a relationship that says, ‘You've got to find your way to me somehow someway' and the experience of what that's going to feel like being in that relationship.." (To read more click on photo.)

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— EXOTIC DJ, THEJAZZWORLD.COM

I started my professional music career after I got divorced, deciding to invest in myself to release a jazz album, ‘Love’s Journey’ (2012), after having previously invested in my ex-husband’s dreams. I decided to be self-revealing because I want my music to be authentic and real, songs that people could connect to, so I knew it had to be truthful. I’ve had both men and women connect with ‘Why Did I Say Yes,’ which I wrote with the longtime keyboardist in my band, ." (To read more click on photo.)

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— TOP40-CHARTS.COM

"Over the years, she's opened for Babyface, The Stylistics, Mary Wilson, Chante Moore, After 7 and Buddy Guy himself. In the meantime, Eileen eagerly anticipates debuting the "Somehow Someway" video on Facebook and Instagram on May 1 followed by the arrival of the EP the following month. For more information, please visit https://www.tracyeeileen.com." (To read more click on photo.)

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— 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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Audience Reviews

“A loosely recorded groove, fine instrumentation and a production that discreetly mixes soul, jazz, & pop.”

 

—  Sonic Soul Reviews