Top 10 Tracy Chapman Collaborations.

Tracy Chapman is known widely for her hits Fast Car and Give Me One Reason, though fans will know exactly how much of a rounded musician she really is. Over the years she has released 8 studio album, from the self titled monster debut (Tracy Chapman 1988) through to her most recent, the Grammy nominated set Our Bright Future (2008). Over the years Tracy has collaborated with numerous artists on the road and on record. Here we count down her best collaborations.

10. My Hometown with Bruce Springsteen

During the “Rock The Vote” tour of 2004, in which a number of major artists encouraged the American public to vote, this soulful duet came about.

9. Ain’t No Sunshine with Buddy Guy

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Featured on Buddy Guy’s 2005 duet album Bring Em In, Ain’t No Sunshine is a rare example of Tracy Chapman covering someone else’s song in studio produced quality.

8. The Thrill Is Gone with BB King

From one soul legend to another. BB King enlists the able help of Tracy Chapman on this version of his classic. It served as a single and featured on his 1997 album Deuces Wild.

7. The Maker with Dave Matthews

This one is really stunning. Tracy Chapman and Dave Matthews perform Daniel Lanois’ song The Maker at the Bridge School Benefit XV in 2001. Click here to listen.

6. Trench Town Rock with Stephen and Ziggy Marley

This impressive rendition of Bob Marley’s class with two of his sons proves to be one of Tracy’s more unusual collaborations.

5. Sweet Home Chicago with Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck and Beth Hart

Tracy joins Bonnie Rait, Jeff Beck and Beth Hart perform “Sweet Home Chicago” in honuor of Buddy Guy at the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors, 2012.

Raitt and Chapman collaborated previously in 2003 at the We The Planet event in San Fransisco when Raitt invited Chapman on stage to perform a duet of “Angel of Montgomery”.

“The single greatest moment of the show came during Bonnie Raitt’s set, when she brought out Tracy Chapman to join her on a duet of “Angel From Montgomery.” The song was soothing and extremely beautiful in its simplicity, while Chapman’s uncompromising voice and wide smile added another dimension to the John Prine song.” [Rollingstone.com]

4. Don’t Give Up with Peter Gabriel

Filling Kate Bush’s shoes is no mean feat, but Tracy does her justice by stepping in on the track during the Human Rights Tour for Amnesty International during the late 80’s.

They also sang this song together at Nelson Mandela: An International tribute to free South Africa in 1990. You can view this performance here.

3. Get Up Stand Up with Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen and Youssu ‘Ndour

We’ve seen Tracy and Gabriel, Tracy and Springsteen and Tracy sing Marley. Put all of these elements together and add Youssu ‘Ndour and you have this rousing rendition of Get Up Stand Up which the group performed at the Paris Concert for Amnesty International in 1998.

Tracy often performs this song on tour.

2. Baby Can I Hold You with Pavarotti

I think you’ll agree, the late great Pavarotti brings more to Baby Can I Hold You than Boyzone ever did.

This duet was recorded at the Pavarotti and Friends concert for Cambodia and Tibet, 2000.

1. Give Me One Reason with Eric Clapton

Tracy joins the legend Eric Clapton at the “A Very Special Christmas Live” charity event in 1998 for this extra bluesy performance of Tracy’s classic.

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