Notoriously private musician Tracy Chapman gave an unexpected performance on a late-night talk show on November 2, 2020. The occurrence was notable not only because the singer rarely goes on TV but also because the song she sang, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution,” has an important (and timely) message. Learn more about Chapman, her music, and her net worth.
Tracy Chapman is a famous singer-songwriter
Chapman broke out in 1988 with her self-titled debut, released via Elektra Records. The artist was a breakout success, earning international fame and success almost immediately. She followed it up with Crossroads in 1989 and Matters of the Heart in 1992. In total, Chapman has released eight studio albums.
The musician has received numerous Grammy nominations, securing four wins at the major award show. Chapman’s debut earned her six nods, including the coveted Album of the Year. She won three times at the 1989 Grammys, including Best Contemporary Folk Album. In 1997, Chapman earned Best Rock Song for “Give Me One Reason.”
Her hit songs include ‘Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution’
While “Give Me One Reason” is among her most awarded and highest-charting singles, Chapman has released several other hits of note. Her debut single, “Fast Car,” went platinum and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other popular singles include “Talkin’ bout a Revolution,” “Baby Can I Hold You,” and “Crossroads.”
Though not as successful in the U.S. as some of Chapman’s others, “Talkin’ bout a Revolution” has become famous for its activist message. The song was featured on a playlist for Bernie Sanders‘ presidential campaign in 2016, playing at his rallies. It’s also included on the singer’s 2015 Greatest Hits album.
Chapman performed the song on TV in 2020
Years after her last TV appearance, Chapman performed ‘Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution’ on Late Night with Seth Meyers the day before Election Day 2020. “This is the most important election of our lifetime,” Chapman said in a statement (via Billboard). “It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy.”
The reactions to Chapman’s performance were positive. “Awesome,” tweeted musical duo the Indigo Girls. “So good to hear this voice. Steady soul with integrity.” Talk show host Amber Ruffin called it “a frigging unbelievable performance,” encouraging her Twitter followers to “Watch it and cry with meeeeeee.”
What is Tracy Chapman’s net worth?
Chapman doesn’t work in the entertainment industry very much these days. Her latest studio album, Our Bright Future, dropped in 2008, and the aforementioned compilation album is her most recent release. Instead, Chapman is more focused on social activism, even receiving multiple honorary doctorates for her work.
In 2019, Chapman sued Nicki Minaj over the rapper’s leaked song, “Sorry,” which sampled “Baby Can I Hold You” without Chapman’s permission. After a legal battle in 2020, the singer lost the case. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chapman is worth an estimated $8 million.