Tracie Spencer

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Tracie Spencer
Birth name Tracie Monique Spencer
Born (1976-07-12) July 12, 1976 (age 44)
Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Years active 1987–present
(on hiatus)
Associated acts

Tracie Monique Spencer (born July 12, 1976) is an American R&B/pop singersongwriter, actress, and model. Spencer is best known for her singles from the late–1980s and early–1990s; "Symptoms of True Love" (1988), "Tender Kisses" (1991) and "It's All About You (Not About Me)" (1999). As of 2007, Spencer has taken a hiatus from music; however, she is still modeling and pursuing other interests.

Early life

Born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, Spencer's mother is of Creole and Indian decent; her father is French Canadian and Panamanian.[1] 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.[2][3] 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 thereafter, she became the youngest female artist to sign a record deal with a major label, Capitol Records, and to release a self-titled debut album on January 16, 1988. She found success with the singles "Hide and Seek", "Symptoms of True Love" and her remake of John Lennon's "Imagine". Her second album, Make the Difference, was released on August 27, 1990. The first single, "Save Your Love", showed an impressive standing at #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Her following single, "This House", became her biggest hit to date reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Tender Kisses", one of her best-known ballads, hit #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. 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. She 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, and Girlfight, starring Michelle Rodriguez. She also modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, and Dollhouse, which led to her being a part of New York and LA's fashion weeks in 1999-2000, being styled by Derek Khan, being signed to "NEXT" modeling agency and appearing in numerous magazines. On June 29, 1999, she released Tracie, which featured the singles "It's All About You (Not About Me)" and "Still in My Heart".


In the 2000s, she 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. She 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.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
1988 Tracie Spencer
  • First studio album
  • Release date: January 16, 1988
  • Label: Capitol
146 57 46
1990 Make the Difference
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: August 20, 1990
  • Label: Capitol
107 38
1999 Tracie
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: June 29, 1999
  • Label: Capitol
114 19
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1988 "Symptoms of True Love" 38 11 14 24 Tracie Spencer
"Hide and Seek" 32
1989 "Imagine" 85 31
1990 "Save Your Love" 7 20 Make the Difference
"This House" 3 7 7 87 26 65
1991 "This Time Make It Funky" 54 31 13 48
"Tender Kisses" 42 1
1992 "Love Me" 48 2
1999 "It's All About You (Not About Me)" 18 6 65 Tracie
2000 "Still in My Heart" 88 36 39
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Cover versions

Her song "My First Broken Heart" was covered by Filipina actress/singer Iya Villania, released in 2008 on her album Finally!.[9]


  1. Vibe Magazine - November 1999
  2. Ebony Magazine - March 1991
  3. JET Magazine - February 10, 1992
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