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Tracye Eileen

From the album You Hit The Spot
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“Sultry-voiced, Chicago-based vocalist Tracye Eileen spreads a bluesy blanket over what are essentially straight-ahead renditions. She has excellent range and is suitably emotive when required. She gets a good head start thanks to a splendid choice of material— eight blue-chip tunes, all from the Great American Songbook.”
Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

“Eileen dazzles the trad jazz crowd with both soaring power and sultry finesse on You Hit The Spot. The perfect showcase for her ability to woo, seduce, sass us and swing mightily, it’s an ultra-infectious, craftily arranged set of standards, some very familiar, others delightfully obscure… her artful way with traditional jazz is truly one that hits the spot.” – Jonathan Widran, JW Vibe

“Chicago vocalist Tracye Eileen has a great voice and two solid bands altogether on her new disc, You Hit the Spot. …. All eight selections here are well chosen standards that we all know and enjoy. “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Almost Like Being in Love” and a version of “Just In Time” that even includes the verse is sublime.” – Paul Abella, What’s New on WDCB

On YOU HIT THE SPOT, Chicago singer TRACYE EILEEN returns to her straight-ahead jazz roots on an album of standards performed with a contemporary edge. This is Eileen’s fourth release and third full-length album. Always exploring new ways to express herself, each of her previous recordings covered different genres and stylistic approaches.

Eileen launched her professional career with the release of her first straight-ahead recording, Love’s Journey (2012). She recorded the album shortly after studying at the Bloom School of Jazz in Chicago, where the owner of the school was so impressed with her talent that he briefly served as her manager, helping her hone her straight-ahead sound for her debut album. On her next album, Why Did I Say Yes? (2018), she veered away from straight-ahead jazz into soul and R&B. Then in 2020 she released It’s Time, a smooth jazz album featuring originals co-written by Eileen, on which she reflected on her journey of love as she moves through life. The album charted on several major music charts in the U.S. and abroad and was played in 67 countries on over 220 radio stations. Eileen has also enjoyed a 6-year residency at Buddy Guy’s Legends, the famous Chicago blues and jazz club. She still performs regularly at the club on second Sundays of the month,

For Eileen, YOU HIT THE SPOT is a homecoming to straight-ahead jazz, which has been part of her life for as long as she can remember. Her father was a professional jazz drummer who missed an opportunity to tour with Count Basie’s band because he was drafted to serve in Vietnam. “My father, Ed Smith, an accomplished jazz percussionist, was a major influence in my life. His inspiration many years ago led to successful roles as lead singer in my high school and college jazz bands and my continued love of jazz music.”

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