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Tracy Niles | One Step Ahead

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One Step Ahead

by Tracy Niles

Uplifting and catchy original songs ranging in style from electric blues, rock, R&B, and funk to emotional and beautiful ballads.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Heart Blues
3:47 $0.99
2. Give It Up
3:42 $0.99
3. Leave Me Be
3:14 $0.99
4. Be Mine
3:57 $0.99
5. Face the World
5:00 $0.99
6. Waterside
5:02 $0.99
7. I've Got a Right
3:26 $0.99
8. One Step Ahead
4:09 $0.99
9. Paris Eyes
4:45 $0.99
10. Change Your World
3:59 $0.99
11. All That Matters Is Love
4:07 $0.99
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Tracy Niles is a brilliant song-writer, soulful blues-rock singer and an engaging performer who sings her original songs from her heart, ranging from “guttural growls to falsetto highs”. She catches every audience’s attention immediately! Judges agreed at the 13th Annual L.A. Music Awards where she won “Female Vocalist of the Year” and performed her song “You’re My Way Home” with her Taylor guitar and a 20-piece orchestra.

Her father is the late legendary jazz radio announcer Chuck Niles, who was deemed the Voice of Jazz in Los Angeles on KKGO, and KJazz 88.1 and is the only DJ with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So, Niles was exposed to all the jazz greats very early on. As a child, Niles' was particularly influenced by jazz singer Ernie Andrews. Moved by his poignant delivery, she understood music to its core and knew that's what she wanted to do. But, although Niles respected and understood jazz, she was conflicted about expressing her true love for the edgier southern rock and electric blues. Niles also battled with deep insecurities and a debilitating fear of performing and sadly did not pursue a career in music.

After several years, Niles could no longer ignore her passion and started performing at open mics at Coffee House Java Joe's in Oceanside, San Diego, with knocking knees, but never a shaky voice. She pushed hard through those fears and finally burst on the San Diego music scene in 2000. Her first acoustic CD of all originals “Breaking The Silence”, was nominated for a 2002 San Diego Music Award in the category of “Best Local Recording” and received airplay regularly on San Diego’s KPRI Sunday morning Acoustic Show. She moved to LA in 2003, where she was spotted at the famous Rainbow Room in Hollywood which landed her the LA Music Awards Nomination and, ultimately, the WIN for Female Vocalist of the Year. Shortly after this amazing run, her father passed away in March 2004, which devastated Niles. Ernie Andrews told her at the funeral, "Don't fall out. Fall in". But, she unraveled and took a long sabbatical from music. It wasn't until 2010 when Tracy felt called by her passion once again and slowly began writing and performing. And finally, she made the decision to write this new album.

Niles' new album is long overdue. The clever title track "One Step Ahead", should be renamed "One GIANT Step Ahead". Niles has hit her stride with her original catchy songs all rooted in the blues yet covering several styles. From electric blues-rock, R&B and funk to emotional and beautiful ballads, her music knows no limits as she merges them into a style all her own. Her honesty shines through her multi-faceted voice on every song with raw emotion. The strong opener "Black Heart Blues" and Track 3 "Leave Me Be", reveal the pain she's been through in relationships. The impressive and bold "I've Got a Right" is a window to her past and her struggles there. But, she balances it out with a new hope for love on "Be Mine" and "Face the World". She shows range and a natural ability for phrasing on the lusty bossa nova "Paris Eyes". It's really an album about coming into her own and the budding of a more mature and grounded Niles. Chuck Alvarez of Blue Wolf Music produced and did all of the outstanding guitar work including the stunning closer "All That Matters is Love". Backed by creative session players, Niles thoroughly reveals her vision, talent and personality and shows she is a true contender in the musical universe.

Chuck Alvarez of Blue Wolf Music produced and selected experienced and creative session players to complement Niles’ style including Skip Edwards (Walter Trout, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams) on Hammond B3 organ, Vince Denham (Michael McDonald) on saxaphone, and special guest and Grammy Winner The Emotions' Wanda (You've Got The Best of My Love) Hutchinson and Pam Hutchinson who back up Niles with soul and perfect pitch. Maria Martinez (Barry White, Rita Coolidge, El Chicano) on drums and Vernon Porter (Dave Mason, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler) on bass make a solid team and grooving rhythm section throughout. And, we hear brilliance from Chris North (Ambrosia) on B3 organ on Black Heart Blues, I've Got a Right and Give it Up and Barnaby Finch (Lee Ritenour, Ronnie Laws, Boz Scaggs) on piano on Waterside, Change Your World and Paris Eyes. And, Alvarez himself does all of the brilliant guitar work on the album. With this exceptional team behind her, Niles thoroughly reveals her vision, talent and personality and shows she is a true contender in the musical universe.



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