Tracey Browne, 'My Best Friend, My Ego' taken from the album 'Everyone is Ordinary'
'Everyone is Ordinary', an album invoking comparison to a host of singer-songwriters including…A British Joan Osborne perhaps, a 21st century Kirsty MacColl, a folkier Sarah McLachlan, a poppier Sheryl Crow...we invite you to judge for yourself.
Championed by Nigel Stonier and Thea Gilmore, Tracey has also garnered praise from Lavinia Blackwall (of Trembling Bells) and has supported O’Hooley & Tidow (finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013). Hers is a sound that transcends comparisons; often deceptively straightforward and shot through with a pop sensibility, Browne's material seems hand crafted to catch those fleeting, transient moments, the times in lives where the axis tilts and the season begins to change.
Tracey is also a qualified and experienced sound engineer, based mostly out of Airtight Studios in Manchester, an established studio which has regularly played host to acts of the calibre of Paul Weller and I Am Kloot. Tracey engineers and produces bands and fellow songwriters on a regular basis at Airtight.
It was two years ago while playing a series of charity bike rallies across the UK that it was pointed out to Tracey that her own tunes, often personal and intimate, were reducing the bikers in her audience - normally inebriated and waiting for their favourite cover versions - to tears and to impassioned and frequent requests to play 'em again...
Tracey's answer was to find, not a studio, but a 17th century church in Northenden, Greater Manchester. Perceiving something magical in the acoustics, she gathered a team of musicians and producer of choice Nigel Stonier - who, having worked with Thea Gilmore, Joan Baez, Martha Wainwright and Clare Teal to name but a few, knows a quality singer songwriter when he hears one. Jumping in at any hour of the day or night, Tracey engineered AND performed, literally hitting the record button in the control room then dashing through to the studio area to perform her vocal overdubs.
The result is a stunningly fine 11 track album in which the emotions of Tracey’s songs take flight on the empathy of the musicians and the combination of spirit and quirk brought to the recording process.
“Tracey Browne is the real deal, an exciting new talent. Heartfelt melodic songs that echo the spirit of Kirsty MacColl, a brilliant voice which can swoop from a rock holler from a tender whisper, and a lively spunky stage presence. Once heard, she's in your head and your heart for good.”
‘I can understand why Thea Gilmore has taken a close interest in the blossoming career of singer-songwriter Tracey, as there is much resembling Gilmore’s early work in these Simple yet cleverly constructed songs…distinctly better than ordinary.’
Daily Express in Scotland