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Mercy

You can see it in her toes as she taps to the rhythm. The sound rises up through her body like an electric current coursing through her veins. Eyes closed, mind transported she pulses, swaying with the music making every beat her own. And when the time is right, all the energy swirling through her culminates as she sings down the heavens. You hear it. You feel it, deep down in your soul.

This is the voice of Tracy Blackman. An enthralling chanteuse, she can deliver a soft, delicate croon in one moment and then shake the rafters with a plaintive wail or bluesy growl in the next. Her voice is “that perfect combination of sweet and sad” says Producer/Songwriter Bonnie Hayes.

Blackman’s latest release, Mercy, is an authentic and eclectic collection of soulful and inspired material. Here she has penned songs that have the ability to soothe the soul, beautifully demonstrated by the sublime track ‘I’m Alive’ (with lyrics co-written with Bonnie Hayes) as she pays homage to her muse. An earnest songwriter, Blackman sings of the love we all possess in the stirring ‘Love To Give.’ She also knows when to ratchet up the energy as she does with the opening track ‘Mercy, Mercy.’ This funky, bluesy groove-laden track is punctuated with blistering guitar played by none other than her brother-in-law Carlos Santana. Listeners get a glimpse of Blackman’s playful nature on the tracks ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ and straight ahead rocker ‘Psychokinetic Lullaby.’ The former (written with Jimmy Dillon) is a humorous take on the travails of weaning while the latter pokes fun at the impending end of the world. Her sister, Cindy Blackman-Santana, provided impeccably hypnotic drum grooves that pulsate intensely through each track to great effect.

Her fans have called her performances “their church.” They have said that her songs are ‘hymns’ and that she has “the voice of an angel.” She is soulful. She is stirring. She is sublime. She is Tracy Blackman.

Buy Mercy

CD available from CDBaby
Also available from the iTunes Store

Produced by Bonnie Hayes & Tracy Blackman
Additional Production by Karl Derfler
Mixed by Karl Derfler
Engineered by Bonnie Hayes, Tracy Blackman & WAS, Karl Derfler, Joel Jaffe, Kevin Hayes, Erik Schramm
Recorded at The Palace of Tone, Studio D, The Shack, in the fog, in a forest and various other places…
Mastered by Paul Stubblebine
Cover Art by Corey Pane
Design by Christina Youmans
Photography by Silvana DiFranco Photography

Tracy Blackman: Vocals; Backing Vocals on Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7; Acoustic Guitar on Tracks 1, 3; Piano on Track 7
Cindy Blackman-Santana: Drums
Carlos Santana: Lead Guitar on Track 1
Jimmy Dillon: Acoustic Guitar on Tracks 2, 4
Mark Karan: Electric Guitar on Tracks 2, 4
Duke Levine: Electric Guitars on Track 7
Ted O’Connell: Lap Steel Guitar on Track 3
Danny Click: Electric Slide Guitar on Track 4; Acoustic Slide Guitar on Track 6
Robert Matthew Powell: Electric Guitar on Track 5
Gawain Matthews: Acoustic Guitar on Tracks 5, 6
Bennie Reitveld: Bass on Track 7
Darryl Anders: Bass on Tracks 2, 5
Gary Brown: Bass on Tracks 1, 4, 6
Mathiew McClinton: Bass on Track 3
Bonnie Hayes: Keyboards on Tracks 5, 6
Kudisan Kai: Background Vocals on Tracks 1, 2, 4
Vicki Randle: Congas, Cowbell, Guiro on Track 2; Background Vocals, Tambourine on Track 6
Larry Batiste: Background Vocals on Track 5
Mike Rinta: Trombone, Horn Arrangement on Track 2
Michael Peloquin: Alto and Bari Saxophone on Track 2

Carlos Santana appears courtesy of RCA Records and Universal Tone Mgt

All songs written by Tracy Blackman/Kimowahn Songs (SESAC) except for She’s Gotta Have It by Tracy Blackman/Kimowahn Songs (SESAC) & Jimmy Dillon/Jimmy Dillon Music (BMI); Beautiful by Tracy Blackman/Kimowahn Songs (SESAC) & Suzana Haugh/Suzana Haugh Music; I’m Alive by Tracy Blackman/Kimowahn Songs (SESAC) & Bonnie Hayes/Monster Music administered by Bob A Lew Songs (ASCAP)

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