Born in the Philippines, Tracy Cruz’s alluring voice is comprised of sounds old and new, resembling Jill Scott’s throaty moans and Sarah Vaughan’s lyrical accentuation, all while still managing to remain distinct. With a vocal range that stretches from unbelievable lows to soprano highs, Tracy pulls from her thriving passion of Filipino ballads.
Her unique musical and lyrical blend — Bay Area urban soul tinged with the influence of her indigenous Filipino roots –has captured the ears of music lovers around the world. Her two full-length albums, Feel’osophy and Universoul Symphony, and EP, Illuminate Love, have garnered numerous awards and nominations, including two Bay Area Black Music Awards for “Best CD/Recorded Performance” and “Bay Area Rising Star” as well as Northern California Entertainers Music Award nominations for “Female Neo Soul Artist of the Year” and “Female Entertainer of the Year.” Cruz has supported several established acts, including Kenny Lattimore, Miki Howard, Keke Wyatt and others. She and her band recently completed a 17-venue, 4 month “SOULShine Tour” around California.
She continues to grow personally and musically, introducing a new chapter into her musical journey. Her newest single, “Losing in Love” is perhaps her most vulnerable composition to date. It recently won an Akademia Award & was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award in the R&B/Soul category. It is a prelude to the collection of raw emotions captured on her upcoming EP, H3artifacts. Pared down to only a piano and vocals, the record conveys the ultimate form of musical vulnerability and fragility. Digging deep into a broken heart, the record explores themes of love, loss, pain, and hope.