From a fan’s perspective, the best thing about Tracy Howe is that she presents a serene melody while imbuing heartfelt poetic lyrics to her listeners. “Long Time Gone” is Tracy Howe’s third privately released CD. Having started her career at 12 years old with the talent to compose, she could have only hoped that she would gain attention from the industry.
Yes, the singer-songwriter sings for God; she knows what she’s great at and delivers it with confidence and style. Tracy Howe came to Eastern Washington University Wednesday evening. Her performance was amazing. She is supported by first-rate musicians (including pianist Jeremy Burnum, drummer Micah Moore, bass player Steve D. Stanton), which is an attractive performance of standards for a soft rock sound.
Born in Boulder, CO, Tracy has a distinctive voice, sort of a lovely blend between Jewel and Cheryl. With a non-traditional sound and a heavy emphasis on fantastic lyrics, her musical influences are David Wilcox, Ben Harper, and Chopin.
It was when she was in college that she picked up the guitar and began to focus on her music seriously. After graduating from Colorado College with degrees in Religion and Music, she began to tour at colleges, universities, churches, coffee shops, and even living rooms. “I began to grow more and more, spending more time writing, learning to play the guitar, traveling the world, making friends from all over the country. I loved the religion department, challenged everyday to explain what I believed and able to spend time in other religious communities. And something strange happened in all my creative veins- I started to write songs about what I saw and felt. Passion struck inside of me, passion for justice, for women, and for my faith. And I wrote,” Howe said.
She concluded, “It is a passion and desire to encourage a person that inspires me to play. I am excited to grow and keep writing. I have seen things that have pushed me outside of my comfort zone, into an area where I really began to live in faith- and I want to continue to find these places. I will write about them and the people I meet.”
Tracy Howe’s new release “Long Time Gone” is a wonderful CD and complement to any personal music library. You can visit TracyHowe.com to purchase her CDs “My Voice”, “Jerusalem” and “Long Time Gone.” In addition, her web site has information about upcoming performances.