Meet Tracy Cruz

Tracy Cruz at the Continental Bar in San Jose, CA for her first 17-venue tour entitled Soulshine (summer 2016) Photo by Jason Samy

Tracy Cruz at the Continental Bar in San Jose, CA for her first 17-venue tour entitled Soulshine (summer 2016) Photo by Jason Samy

Tracy Cruz has a voice that will melt even the toughest of hearts. This vocal powerhouse aims to connect communities with her universal language of love, hope, and happiness. 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. Boasting a vocal range that might be bigger than her, Cruz emanates a classic and timeless feel.

Two full-length albums (Feel’osophy and Universoul Symphony) and an 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.” She has supported several established acts including: Kenny Lattimore, Miki Howard, Keke Wyatt, Bilal, and others. The songstress approaches her music unapologetically and freely, staying true to herself, while her stellar band "Instrumentali-T" provides a grown and sexy soundtrack for her vocal creations. They completed a 17-venue, 4 month  “SOULShine Tour” around California in the summer of 2016. Most recently, she had a SOLD OUT dual CD release concert with R&B/Soul band Feelosophy at Yoshi's in Oakland on 8/22/17.

Cruz 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 is a prelude to the collection of raw emotions captured on her upcoming EP “H3artifacts.” Paired 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.  “I wrote ‘Losing in Love’ during a very painful time in my life. I felt like my heart was breaking into a million pieces and I was losing everything all at once. I couldn't stop crying so I poured out all of my emotions and wrote a song. It was a cathartic release,” shares Cruz. She is fearlessly exposed as she shares her personal journey of reclaiming self-love, perseverance, humility, resilience, and healing.

With her continued success and loyal fan base, this new release will not disappoint. She continues to tour and record as well as remaining a strong presence in her community, working with local youth as a vocal coach and mentor. She encourages them to follow their dreams to sing freely and wholeheartedly.

-Written by Elle K. Productions

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Accomplishments

-SOLD OUT dual CD release concert at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA  August 2017)

-Winner of Akademia Award for "Best Song" in the R&B/Soul category for "Wish I Could" (June 2017)

-Winner of Akademia Award for "Best Song" in the R&B/Soul category" for "Losing in Love" (April 2017)

-Nomination for Hollywood Music in Media Award for the song "Losing in Love" in the R&B/Soul category (2017)

-Winner of Bay Area Black Music Award for "Best CD/Recorded Performance" (Universoul Symphony) (2016)

-Winner of Bay Area Black Music Award for "Bay Area Rising Star" (2016)

-Winner of Independent Network for the Music Arts Award for "Best Song" (Joyful Rain) (2013)

-Winner of Muse's Muse Award for "Best R&B CD Project" ("Feel'osophy") (2008)

-Winner of Muse's Muse Award for "Best Lyrics Female" ("Feel'osophy") (2008)

-Winner of Muse's Muse Award for "Best Single Female" (Nothing in this World) ("Feel'osophy") (2008)

-One of the top 6 finalists for MYX TV's Independent Music Search (2012)

-Nomination for a Northern California Entertainers Awards for "Female Neo Soul Artist of the Year" (May 2017)

-Nomination for a Northern California Entertainers Award for "Female Entertainer of the Year" (May 2017)

-Nominations for 8 Bay Area Black Music Awards for "Best Female R&B", "Best Female Vocalist", "The Verge Award", "Bay Area Rising Star", "Best Urban Female", "Best Live Performance", "Best Female Live Performance", "Best CD/Recorded Performance" (2016)

-Nomination for a Hollywood Music in Media Award in the R&B/Soul category for the song "Love's Galaxy" (2014)

-Nomination for Soultracks.com Readers' Choice Award for "Female Vocalist of the Year" (2011)

-Nomination for Soultracks.com Readers' Choice Award for "New Artist of the Year" (2009)

Highlights

-Opened up for Pete Escovedo & Orchestra, Raheem Devaughn & Wes Felton (The Cross Rhodes), Moonchild, Barrington "Bo" Henderson (formerly of the Temptations), Bilal, Kenny Lattimore, Apl. de. Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Keke Wyatt, Miki Howard, Chrisette Michele, Christopher Williams, Sy Smith, Slim of 112, Mark de Clive-Lowe. Shared the stage with Jaguar Wright and Martin Luther

-Featured three times on Soultrain.com

-Featured on Soultracks.com

-Featured on the San Jose Mercury News

-"Universoul Symphony" on UK Soul Chart for 14 weeks

-Performed at San Jose Jazz Summer After Hours

-Performed at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

-Featured on Soulbounce.com

-Chosen to be a Supercuts Rock the Cut Ambassador

-Hosted MYX TV'S Top Ten Countdown

-Music featured on BBC Radio, Jazz FM, Solar Radio, Starpoint Radio

-Performed at MLK2017 Music Festival @ Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade Stage (presented by KBLX 102.9 FM and NORCal MLK Foundation)

-Performed at San Jose Juneteenth, San Francisco Juneteenth, Berkeley Juneteenth, and Vallejo Juneteenth

-Music videos "Joyful Rain" & "Love's Galaxy" aired on MYX TV

-Featured on "World Musikahan" with Ryan Cayabyan (aired on ABS-CBN)

Notable Venues

-Yoshi's Oakland

-Yoshi's San Francisco

-Oracle Arena

-Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

-San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

-Harlow's

-The Regency Ballroom

-Chronicle Pavilion (side stage)

-Le Petit Trianon Theater

-San Jose Improv

-Fenix

-Fairmont Hotel (San Jose, CA)