Tracy Lawrence is one of the premiere voices of his generation. A sensitive and intelligent singer who strives to push the limits to be the best that he can be, as an artist and as a person. Tracy's honesty and respect for country music and its heritage have enabled him to build a long career in country music. His voice is his instrument; his message and accomplishments are distinctively clear.
Over the course of his career, Tracy’s string of platinum and multi-platinum albums have spawned 17 No. 1 singles and countless others in the top 10. Hits such as "If The Good Die Young", "If The World Had A Front Porch", "Texas Tornado", "Time Marches On", “Lessons Learned”, “Paint Me a Birmingham” and (with a little help from his friends Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney) “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” have become an important part of country radio’s repertoire. …And today, Tracy Lawrence is set to speak his voice with his latest collection of musical stories entitled THE ROCK.
A powerful, emotional overview of spiritual consciousness, THE ROCK takes stock in life’s blessings recognizing that life is hard and not always good, but through it all, the strength of faith and hope reign triumphant. His motivation to record this collection is pure and simple; he’s a man of his word. “My mom and dad have been coaxing me for years to record an inspirational country CD. I promised them I would, but I kept putting it off because it just didn’t ‘feel’ like the right time. I had to grow, personally and artistically to get here.” Now with his own family that includes two young daughters, Tracy is in the right place and in the right time, in his heart and in his life, to deliver what is a passionate, powerful and moving musical offering. “In a time when our social and political climate is in disbelief and the overall mood of the country in despair, the music is hopeful and bright. In life, timing is everything. This project came along at the perfect time in my life; it was the right time for me to record it and it’s the right time for the music to be heard.”
THE ROCK is vintage Tracy Lawrence warmed with a more passionate and thoughtful take on life. It’s about relationships (personal and spiritual), learning to give up control and believing in something. “Throughout life, relationships are the tapestry of our make-up. From high school to work-related relationships, casual relationships or the relationships you have with loved ones, they all shape and mold who we are. In the meantime, ‘belief,’ ‘encouragement’ and ‘desire’ carry us and give us the strength to get to where we’re meant to be.” The music itself isn’t any different than that we’ve come to know from him. The message, however, is more lifelike in emotion and spirit. “It hits close to home and some of the songs may cut to the bone. You learn about life by living it, and my music, today, is more mature and intellectual. I’ve learned you have to be true to yourself and true to your craft. One day, I just woke up, took a deep breath and let it out.”
The songs contained on the CD talk to the listener and carry them to a state of celebration to ask for a helping hand from a higher power. Co-produced with the help of Julian King, the CD features Tracy’s road band. “This is the first time I’ve recorded with my band in the studio. The more you play together, the more you know how to approach the song. We recorded the entire CD in two days. It’s the most ‘comfortable’ project I’ve ever recorded. …and working with Julian, we were able to put our finger on the pulse of each and every song from the structure, to the arrangement, to the dynamics.”
For the inquiring minds who might ask if this is a new direction in his musical career, Tracy’s answer is unequivocal, “This is a new element that is part of my life, part of me. It does not take the place of the foundation that has been laid before me; it tempers it. I believe people are meant to try to make a difference and I feel blessed to be in the unique position to move people. That’s what this project is all about.” Tracy Lawrence’s mission has been, and always will be, to move people with his music. An eclectic country recording artist who has evolved with confidence in his faith, family and conviction, his legacy will inspire listeners to live life one day at a time, one song at a time, with THE ROCK. Tracy Lawrence—a man of his word, with words to live by.
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