Telling Stories is the fifth album by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released February 14, 2000. It was her first album in over four years, and her first since Crossroads to be produced or co-produced by David Kershenbaum. A special 2 CD tour edition of this album was also released in May 2000, supporting the tour going on at the time. The album is composed of contemporary rock songs in the first half, and folk songs in the second half. The song “Unsung Psalm” was originally written for her previous album, New Beginning, but it didn’t make it onto the album.
The record marked a return to shorter songs for Tracy; on New Beginning they had been somewhat longer.
“Telling Stories” 3:57
“Less Than Strangers” 3:19
“Speak the Word” 4:12
“It’s OK” 4:00
“Wedding Song” 4:36
“Unsung Psalm” 4:19
“Nothing Yet” 3:21
“Paper and Ink” 4:52
“The Only One” 3:08
“First Try” 3:31
Tracy Chapman – acoustic guitar, bouzouki, harp, vocals, background vocals, baritone guitar, record producer, mixing, art design Alex Acuña – percussion Rock Deadrick – vocals, background vocals Tommy Eyre – organ, keyboard Mike Finnigan – organ Denny Fongheiser – percussion, drums Emmylou Harris – vocals Howard Hersh – bass guitar Steve Hunter – dulcimer, lap steel guitar, baritone guitar Larry Klein – bass guitar JayDee Mannes – pedal steel guitar John Pierce – bass guitar Tim Pierce – acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, sitar, baritone guitar Eric Rigler – Uillean pipes, low whistle Scarlet Rivera – violin Glenys Rogers – percussion, vocals, background vocals Andy Stoller – bass guitar Patrick Warren – keyboard, Chamberlin
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Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her singles “Fast Car”, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads”, “Give Me One Reason” and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.
Chapman often performs at and attends charity events such as Make Poverty History, amfAR and AIDS/LifeCycle, to support social causes. She identifies as a feminist.
Although Chapman has never disclosed her sexual orientation, in the mid-1990s she dated writer Alice Walker. Chapman maintains a strong separation between her personal and professional lives. “I have a public life that’s my work life and I have my personal life,” she said. “In some ways, the decision to keep the two things separate relates to the work I do.” –Wikipedia