Tracy Chapman is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released on April 5, 1988. The album was recorded at the Powertrax studio in Hollywood, California. In 1987, Chapman was discovered by fellow Tufts University student Brian Koppelman. He offered to show her work to his father, who owned a successful publishing company; however, she did not consider the offer to be serious. After multiple performances, however, Koppelman found a demo tape of her singing her single “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution“, which he promoted to radio stations.
“Fast Car” was nominated for a slew of Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She took home the awards for Best Female Vocal Pop Performance, Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Folk Album.
With sales of more than 20 million copies worldwide (six million in America alone), Tracy Chapman stands as one of the best-selling albums of all-time.
Video: Tracy Chapman – Fast Car (1988)