“John Tracy is a musician whose music fortifies the human connection…”

To say that John Tracy writes real music for people living real life might not quite sum up his music written with purpose and passion. His introspective songs of life, love and family resonate deeply within our souls. Beyond that, however, his expertise on acoustic guitar allows him to create interesting and intricate melodies that not only move our feet but make our spirits lighter.

“John Tracy’s genius in delivering lyrical melodies of all things that we experience as humans may only be surpassed by his mastery of the guitar. John will tell you he loves writing songs, but his music tells you that he loves the human connection.” – Jeff Curtis, Executive Director, The Orange Downtown Alliance (Orange, VA)

John has always had a passion for music. It nurtured his artistic nature. He spent hours from the age of sixteen analyzing melodies and honing his finger-style skill on acoustic guitar. Beyond learning to play songs of his musical heroes, however, he deeply wanted to make his own music.

He didn’t start off his professional life with the intention of being an artist. Above all else he wanted a family – a wife and children to love and cherish. So he did what every young professional does. He joined the family business, started climbing the corporate ladder to success and grew his family.

Twenty-five years in, however, he came to the stark realization that his creative side could no longer be suppressed. He had been writing songs all along, but in 2006 he left the corporate world and jumped into life as a performing songwriter. He has studied the craft of songwriting with some of the industry’s best including Don Henry, Ellis Paul and Steve Seskin, gaining a reputation as a lyricist who cuts right to the heart of the matter, impacting us with each word and note.

“John is an exceptional artist. His original pieces are hallmarked by lyrics that move the audience. The complexity of his compositions and his skill in playing them create a sound that is marvelous to hear. As a singer, he projects a warmth and energy that is infectious.” – Clair F. Myers, Ph.D., Executive Director, Wayne Theatre Alliance

His dedicated effort to giving each song something sonically unique makes listening to his body of work a delight to the ears. He draws on his influences from folk, blues and acoustic rock, adding modern elements and mixes in relatable themes to make music that is relevant to all of us on this human journey.

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