Popular Tracy Chapman songs include "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason." As of 2015, "Fast Car," Chapman's debut single, is still Billboard's highest-ranking song both written and performed by a female, while "Give Me One Reason" remains her most successful single. Chapman's albums have hit multi-platinum sales and earned her several Grammy Award nominations and wins, including Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performer and Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 30, 1964. Her mother noticed that she was drawn to music at an early age, and after learning how to play the ukulele at just 3 years old, Chapman began to play the guitar at age 8. During college, Chapman played in courtyards, clubs and coffeehouses all around Massachusetts, where she was attending Tufts University. In 1986, she was discovered by a colleague of a friend's father, who immediately put her in touch with an executive at Elektra Records. Chapman signed with the label, which released her debut, self-titled album, "Tracy Chapman."
In addition to music, Chapman is passionate about activism; she has worked and performed for years as an activist for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, as well as several other nonprofit, human rights and animal protection organizations.