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American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman received wide fame in the late 1980s and '90s with songs like "Give Me One Reason" and "Fast Car."
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As the album's title suggests, Chapman's New Beginning (1995) proved to be a step back into the limelight for the musician, selling nearly 5 million copies in the United States alone. The album far exceeded the appeal of Chapman's previous projects, thanks to the widely popular single "Give Me One Reason," as well as such catchy, soulful tunes as "Smoke and Ashes" and the album's title track, "New Beginning." Chapman received her fourth Grammy Award in 1997,
for best rock song ("Give Me One Reason"), as well as several Grammy nominations and other music awards.
Chapman's 1995 success has yet to be matched. Since New Beginning's release, the musician has released a handful of albums, including Telling Stories (2000) and Our Bright Future (2008), and toured through 2009. In recent years, however, Chapman has largely stayed out of the spotlight.
Outside of her musical career, Chapman has long worked as an activist, speaking and performing on behalf of several nonprofit organizations, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Circle of Life (no longer active). During a 2003 event to benefit Circle of Life, Chapman performed a memorable duet with Bonnie Raitt, of the John Prine song "Angel From Montgomery."
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