Tracie Spencer

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Tracie Spencer
Tracie Monique Spencer [1]

(1976-07-12) July 12, 1976 (age 44) [2] [3]
Education Columbus High School
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • model
Height5ft 5in (1.65m)
Musical career
Years active1987–present
(on hiatus)
Associated acts

Tracie Monique Spencer (born July 12, 1976) [5] [6] is an American singer–songwriter, actress, and model. Spencer is best known for her R&B and pop singles during the late–1980s through the 1990s such as; "Symptoms of True Love" (1988), "This House" (1990), "Tender Kisses" (1991) and "It's All About You (Not About Me)" (1999). A Waterloo native, Spencer's first claim to fame was when she participated on the CBS talent competition television show Star Search ; winning the junior vocalist competition in 1987. Following her win on the show, Spencer signed a contract with Capitol Records, at the time the youngest female artist to do so; releasing three albums with the label. Since 2007, Spencer has taken a hiatus from music; however, she is still modeling and pursuing other interests.



Early life and education

Born in 1976 to Theresa (née Williams) and Marvin E. Spencer Sr. (1938–2014), [7] a well-known musician. [8] Spencer was raised in Waterloo, Iowa along with her three siblings; Marvin Jr., Marty and Tricia. Spencer's mother is of Creole and Indian descent; her father was French Canadian and Panamanian. [9] The middle child of three, Spencer began singing at the age of three and began modeling in pageant competitions at age five. In addition to singing, Spencer was an honor student who also played basketball in elementary and high school. [10] [11] Spencer attended Columbus High School, [12] graduating in 1994.



Spencer performed, produced and directed her first music videos before she was ten years of age. This led to her competing on the CBS televised talent competition Star Search in 1987. Shortly after her stint on Star Search where she won the $10,000.00 junior vocalist prize, Spencer became the youngest female artist to sign a record deal with a major label, Capitol Records, [13] and to release a self-titled debut album on January 16, 1988. Spencer found success with the singles "Hide and Seek", "Symptoms of True Love" and her remake of John Lennon's "Imagine". Spencer's second album, Make the Difference , was released on August 27, 1990. The first single, "Save Your Love", showed an impressive standing at No. 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Her following single, "This House", became her biggest hit to date reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Tender Kisses", one of her best-known ballads, hit No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and made her the youngest female artist to receive the ASCAP songwriter of the year award in 1992. [14] The other singles, "This Time Make It Funky" and "Love Me", charted relatively well on The Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.


Spencer served on the board of the Children's Defense Fund as a teen and was given the Martin Luther King Christian Leadership Award for being a positive role model to youth and traveling across the US and abroad as part of a "Stay in School" program. Spencer made a guest appearance on the hit ABC sitcom, Family Matters as well as commercials, in 1993 and recorded the song "I'll Be There for You" for the 1997 film, Good Burger , "The Rain" for Down in the Delta , "Don't Slip Away" for the Super Mario Bros. (film) and Girlfight , starring Michelle Rodriguez. Spencer also modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, and Dollhouse, which led to her being a part of New York City and Los Angeles' fashion weeks during 1999 and 2000, being styled by Derek Khan, being signed to "NEXT" modeling agency and appearing in numerous magazines. On June 29, 1999, Spencer released Tracie , which featured the singles "It's All About You (Not About Me)" and "Still in My Heart".


Beginning in the early–2000s, Spencer started singing background vocals on hip-hop songs for rappers such as Kanye West ("Slow Jamz" and "Never Let Me Down" from The College Dropout ), 50 Cent ("Back Down" from Get Rich Or Die Tryin' ), and Eve as well as songwriting for other artist's projects. Spencer acted in the short film, A Tale of Two Sisters ; in 2004 and in 2006, she performed in a play called Choices in Los Angeles, California.

Personal life

Spencer married following the release of her last studio album and has since changed her last name. [15] For years, it was rumored Spencer was married to one of the producers of Soulshock and Karlin although it was never confirmed. Soulshock was married to Brownstone member Charmayne 'Maxee' Maxwell up until her death in 2015. [16]


Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
1988 Tracie Spencer
  • First studio album
  • Release date: January 16, 1988
  • Label: Capitol
1990 Make the Difference
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: August 27, 1990
  • Label: Capitol
1999 Tracie
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: June 29, 1999
  • Label: Capitol
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum


1988"Hide and Seek"32 Tracie Spencer
"Symptoms of True Love"38111424100
1990"Save Your Love"720 Make the Difference
"This House"377872665
1991"This Time Make It Funky"54311348
"Tender Kisses"421
1992"Love Me"482
1999"It's All About You (Not About Me)"18665 Tracie
2000"Still in My Heart"883639
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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