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Tracy Thomas

Music was introduced into my life at a young age. My father had two classic electric guitars, a 1972 gold top Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and a 1969 Gibson SG Standard. I remember watching him play and loving the look and finish of the guitars. He taught me my first guitar chord - D - at a young age. I remember it being very hard! Both Mom and Dad were good natural singers, as were my Grandma and Grandpa on my Mom’s side. My great grandmother was an accomplished pianist, so I’m told, but I never had the chance to hear her play. Anyway, music was always around.

The first formal training I received started with piano lessons, which I began at age 7. At age 9 I started singing in choir. I always seemed to be pretty proficient on the recorder in music class! And was told by my music teacher in elementary school that I had a good singing voice. Age 11 I got my first musical role as the littlest christmas tree in “The Littlest Christmas Tree.” I got my first solo!!! I can still remember it now!

Soon after this, singing became a bigger part of my life as I was cast in the musical “Narnia” and had to train up to be able to sing the complex songs. I started professional singing training at 13 years old and worked with some wonderful teachers in my hometown in Canada. This led to a stream of roles in musicals, where I played some great roles like Mary Lennox in "The Secret Garden," Anne in "Anne of Green Gables," Maria in "West Side Story," and the like. I trained privately for many years in legit musical theatre and classical music.

Piano lessons fell by the wayside earlier on, so I took up the flute in concert band throughout Junior High and High School. I was fortunate to receive a ton of music theory training in my 7 years in concert band. Upon graduating from high school I decided to branch out into the pop/rock world of music and started playing acoustic guitar. I couldn’t put it down, I loved playing so much. I started writing a lot of songs, at first in more of a folk style, but really wanted to be a rock singer! I did some “basement studio” recordings in Canada, and spent a lot of time experimenting with writing. I played with some different bands in Canada, and collaborated with other writers. I played in our church band in the church I grew up in.

Upon moving to LA I started playing in two churches, leading in two praise and worship bands. Over the past 3 years I've led worship in a little church in Santa Monica. I still do musicals every once in a while, having played Peggy in "Godspell" last summer and Cinderella in “Cinderella: the Musical” in January and February of this year. Over the past few years I’ve been writing a number of songs, and it was a dream come true when the opportunity arose to track my album with Isha Erskine at Glenwood Place Studios. It was such an incredible experience, and the album ended up becoming so much more than I ever could have imagined.

I thank God for all that He’s done for me and for helping me through this whole process. I’m already working on my second album, I’ve been so inspired by this first one!

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