Enjoy some smooth rhythm and blues when singer Tracey Whitney takes the Music on the Hill stage on June 20.
Joining her for the show are musicians Jim Ahrend, Rodney Bowe, Stephen Dewave Peace, Wayne Johnson and Farid Huisman.
Singing in front of an audience is like breathing for the sultry jazz, r&b and pop singer and songwriter who calls Albuquerque home. “I have nervous energy before I get on stage,” says Whitney. “I feel like a race horse in the gate, ready to go.”
A vocalist who has been performing for audiences since elementary school, Whitney sang with her parents and siblings as a member of her family’s singing ensemble The Whitney Family. The family toured the world and recorded albums for 15 years.
Whitney has had a versatile career, including landing a gig as a backup singer for singer/songwriter Ray Charles, doing studio work with a variety of bands, performing shows in Las Vegas and spending close to five years performing in nightclubs and hotels in Tokyo, Yokohama and Tokushima, Japan.
In 2007, she launched an independent record label, Babydoll Entertainment & Records, by releasing her first solo album “Love…A Fable in 9 Acts.” This album was followed in 2012 with “I Am Singing…Songs I Love.” Her third recording, “Live At The Outpost Performance Space,” was released in 2017 and was a New Mexico Music Awards nominee for Best Vocal Performance.
Since moving to Albuquerque in 2012, Whitney has become an integral part of the city’s jazz scene. Her fans have enjoyed her gigs at area venues including Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge, Santa Ana Star Casino, the Hyatt Tamaya Resort and Isleta Casino. She’s performing multiple times a week at Hotel Andaluz throughout the month of June.
“The most important lesson I’ve learned about performing through the years, and I learned this from my mother, is that it doesn’t matter if you’re performing in front of two people or 2,000 people. You have to give them the same show and always your best,” she says. “My job is to give audiences a good time.”