It’s great to know there are still artists who make songs with a purpose. That’s the case of the acoustic singer and songwriter John Tracy who have just released the lyric video of his new single “Home”. Make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy reading this exclusive interview with the man himself!
1 — Do you believe in the phrase: ‘If you are a good singer, you’re going to make anything sound good’?
That’s a really good question! I think yes, if you are a good singer, you can make anything sound good. However, first, you have to have a great melody to be the foundation of your singing. And then you have to have passion. I’ve met some amazing vocalists who’s notes sounded like heaven. But their delivery lacked deep passion – like they were just singing words and not actually feeling the magnitude of the lyrical content they were delivering.
Vocal chords are muscles that can be trained and developed. But passion comes from a place deep within. The greatest singers might not be the ones who have trained their vocals but who have lived the song they are singing and make the audience feel every word with them.
2 — Are you vocally trained or is it just a natural talent?
I do not have formal vocal training. At the heart of it, I believe my talent is God-given. However, I also think that the passion in my songs comes from the fact that I write about what I live – the ups, the downs, the trials and victories we encounter on the journey. I feel the experiences with every note I sing and I think my audience fully gets that.
3 — Was your family supportive of you choosing to do music?
I chose music later in life after having a corporate career. My passion for creating music started in my late teens, but my parents didn’t really understand that desire and didn’t value it as a solid career choice.
I did what any good son does – joined the family business, climbed the corporate ladder, got married, had the house, the two kids, the dog, all the while suppressing this burning desire within. After about twenty-five years of that, I couldn’t take it anymore.
I walked away from the family business after a series of unfortunate events made me realize I had no future there. I think it was actually the best thing that happened to me and to my wife and girls. I finally am pursuing the thing I was created for and our little family unit is closer than we have ever been. My wife and daughters were completely supportive of this life and career change and I am grateful for their unwavering encouragement!
4 — What are the main topics of your songs’ lyrics?
I like to say I write “real music” for “real life.” My songs are about our journey – the things we all go through. I sing about love, loss, family, relationships, good times and hard times. I think that’s why people find them so relatable – it’s all of the things they are going through. I also think that’s why I get responses from them like: “you’ve helped me heal,” “you’ve helped me feel less alone,” “you’ve given me hope,” etc.
5 — Are you releasing a new album next month? What can we expect from it?
I am so excited to be releasing a new album in June – June 15 to be exact. It’s titled “Quintessential” and I think this is really my best work yet.
The definition of “Quintessential” is “of the pure and essential essence of something” and “of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something.” I think the overall theme of the songs we put together on this album is the quest to find that pure and essential essence. Perhaps that’s in the love and peace in “Home,” or in the comfort of listening to the “Midnight Moon.” Maybe it is in finding the joy in “Blue Sunny Skies,” or the longing for that healthy relationship in “The Shallow Game.”
We previously released “Midnight Moon” and “Home” as singles, but I’m excited for the world to hear the album tell its story in its entirety.
6 — Are you planning live shows anytime soon?
You know, we just relocated to Richmond VA and finished a long renovation. It was all consuming, but now with the release of this new album, I’m ready to get back out there and share the music.
Actually, my favorite shows are House Concerts. I love the intimacy you get to have with the audience without the barriers found in traditional venues. I’m looking forward to getting that tour together for the second half of this year.
7 — What can you tell us about your new song “Home”? Why is it so special to you?
I’ve written a lot of songs about family, my wife and my girls. But I had never written a song about the idea of home before. I just seemed like a song that wanted to be written. My home is my sanctuary, my safe place. I think a lot of people feel that way about the space they call home.
I love how the ideas of this song came together to fit the melody. It almost wrote itself, which doesn’t happen all the time. I always labor over the lyrics, making sure every word counts. With this song, they just seemed to flow easily, which made it fun to write.
And then the production just seemed to top it off and put the perfect bow on the package. Add to that the awesome lyric video and you almost have that perfect trifecta.
8 — What message do you want to share with this single?
Great question! I think the biggest message I want to get across is to treasure what you have at home. It’s easy to go out in the world every day and get caught up in the race, isn’t it? But home is where you have all of the things that really matter.
9 — Do you have a favorite place at home?
Haha – I was just talking about this with someone the other day. Sure, I have a studio in the house with all of my guitars and gear. My wife often accuses me of spending too much time with “her” (what she calls my guitar). But for me, it’s the couch in the living room. We ended up having to get a new sofa when we moved to this new home. I think my favorite place is sitting right there, in front of the TV, watching our favorite shows with my wife curled up next to me. It’s definitely my happy place!
10 — Finally, is there anything else we should know about John Tracy?
I count myself fortunate to be able to live out my dream. I’m grateful for the fans (and now new friends) I’ve gathered along this journey and look forward to meeting many more in the years ahead. I create music because I want to make other people’s lives better.
Someone recently asked me what my “why” was. It wasn’t hard to put down in words. I believe people want to feel. We want to feel alive. We want to feel hope, excitement, peace, joy. Sometimes we just want to cry. I believe that music is the catalyst that can awaken that in all of us. That’s why I write music filled with stories of real life – to help us have that vehicle to experience life with all of our emotions ignited.
We are all here together, in some crazy way connected with each other, trying to live that life that leaves a positive impact on humanity.
We aren’t all creatives. Not all of us can create music or write songs. However, we all have our purpose in life – that one thing we were created to do, so we’re able to enrich each other’s lives. I believe music is my “one thing” and hope that with it, I can make your journey a little better.
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