However she will nonetheless be seen round city. The proprietor of a bookstore the place she typically retailers posted on X after her Grammys efficiency that she was “so right down to earth in actual life” when noticed shopping for meals for her canine at an area pet retailer. (The put up was later deleted.) Others have noticed her standing in line at a well-liked bakery. Earlier than the pandemic, she served as a choose for a highschool scholarship program run by the founders of Seashore Blanket Babylon, a now-defunct cabaret.
Lee Housekeeper, a public relations government and music promoter in San Francisco, mentioned he had met Chapman just a few occasions at her studio and rehearsal house. He mentioned she was very good and that they’d chatted about performing artists they each know.
A state assemblyman, Matt Haney, mentioned he’s solely seen her as soon as, at a college board assembly in 2018 when he served on that board. She was there to help the varsity district naming a theater on its property after her good friend Sydney Goldstein. It now homes San Francisco’s in style Metropolis Arts & Lectures program.
“She didn’t make an enormous deal of being there,” Haney recalled in an interview. “I don’t assume she even got here to the mic.”
May she return?
The Grammys efficiency immediately turned a profession spotlight for Chapman, and it may properly stoke demand for her return to recording and touring. This yr she can also be nominated for the Songwriters Corridor of Fame. If she is inducted — a very good guess — that would present one other alternative for a public look.
“There’s at all times been demand for Tracy Chapman to return to performing,” Wealthy McLaughlin, this system director at WFUV, a radio station in New York that celebrates songwriters, mentioned in an e mail. “Whether or not or not it can improve the possibilities of her doing so, nonetheless, is tough to foretell.”
Chapman’s longtime followers might have their fingers crossed, however they’ve additionally realized endurance.
“Tracy Chapman is an artist who follows her muse, not market demand,” McLaughlin added. “If she based mostly her choice solely on demand, she’d have returned to touring years in the past.”