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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 prefaced by the single that drops Friday. Taking direction from EmmyAward 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 is now slated to drop June 12. Eileen has been meticulously planning and preparing to take her music career to a new level. A slight delay in the release of her third recording isn’t going 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.”  

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“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.)

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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.”

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(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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For those not in the know, 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 brand new It’s Time EP (due June 12th, 2020). Taking direction from Emmy Award winner Ali LeRoi (“The Chris Rock Show,” “Everybody Hates Chris”), the Chicago native’s time seems to finally have come; in more ways than one.It took a while to bring this project and my career to where I’m ready to move to the next level," Tracye explains. "My dream and goal have always been to be an internationally known soul/R&B artist..” (To read more click on photo.)

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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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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 prefaced by the single that drops Friday." (To read more click on photo.)

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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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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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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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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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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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"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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"Somehow Someway” R&B-jazz singer Tracye Eileen will drop her new record on June 12

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. Moving rhythmically in front of a brilliant blue-sky backdrop, The set of intimate love songs that she wrote and is eager to share with the world is now slated to drop June 12.' (To read more click on photo.)

“(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.)

“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.)

“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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