b. 25 March 1965, Basildon, Essex, England. Tracie Young left school to become a trainee children’s nurse, switchboard operator, insurance clerk, and finally singer. She originally sang with a Depeche Mode -like outfit called City 19 but was not keen on their style, although she did do some songwriting with band member Dean. After seeing an advertisement in Smash Hits placed by Paul Weller (Jam / Style Council) and Respond Records for a girl singer, she was given the opening she needed. Although the advertisement said 18-years or over, and she was still only 17, she sent a demonstration tape of herself singing ‘Shoorah Shoorah’ and hoped for the best. In return she received a rough demo of the song ‘The House That Jack Built’ and an invitation to sing backing vocals on the Jam’s swansong - ‘Beat Surrender’. In November 1982 she started recording solo and her first single was a version of the finished ‘The House That Jack Built’. She also did backing vocals (live and studio) with the Style Council, and toured in the spring of 1983 as part of a Respond package. By the time of her fifth single she was being credited with her full name, Tracie Young. In 1986 she left Respond for Polydor Records, but the hits had dried up.
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