Tracey Whitney with Chris Thomas
THURSDAY, October 31st at 6pm
Tracey Whitney, a Los Angeles/Albuquerque-based singer serves up more of the silky R&B/jazz/pop fusion that’s become the trademark for this former child singing sensation and backup vocalist as a member of the world famous ‘Raelettes” for the legendary Ray Charles. Whitney’s musical history stretches all the way back to age 11 at the famed Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, Tracey made her debut as part of The Whitney Family (a singing ensemble that included her mother and seven brothers and sisters). Over the next decade, The Whitney Family toured the world and recorded two albums (including “Let Me Be Your Woman,” a Billboard top singles pick). Tracey also spent 5 years performing throughout Japan. While Whitney’s extraordinary career has played a key role in shaping her smooth sound, her pop instincts, soulful sensibility, and irresistibly natural ease behind the microphone are all-essential to the artist she is today. No matter if she’s delivering an original song or a cover, Tracey infuses her songs with a slick sophistication that’s uncommon in today’s musical landscape. Tracey is available for performances in the greater Albuquerque/Santa Fe regions with her partner & keyboard player, Christopher Thomas.
Keyboard player Christopher Thomas began performing for live audiences at the age of 15. As a member of ”The Heroes” in Colorado Springs, CO, Chris opened for Chubby Checker, The Ventures (of “Hawaii Five-O Theme” fame) and Dave Mason. Relocating to Phoenix, AZ, Thomas opened concerts for Country music stars Alan Jackson at Country Thunder Festival and Asleep At The Wheel in Cave Creek. Chris also had the distinct pleasure of being the musical director for Country star Rhonda Towns, accompanying her as bandleader for her first showcase at the Chandler Center for the Performing Arts. Currently living in Rio Rancho, NM, Chris teaches piano and keyboards at GRS Studios in Corrales and Grandma’s Music and Sound in Albuquerque.