Tracy Richardson is a singer-songwriter who has been performing throughout the Midwest for over 30 years.
As a band member and a solo act, she has opened for major artists including George Strait, Randy Travis, John Conlee, the Bellamy Brothers, Keith Whitley, Earl Thomas Conley and Little Anthony. Her original music can be heard on local radio stations and in the TV show Gear Heads.
In 2016, she was inducted into the Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame, currently serves on its Board of Directors, and coordinates the Wabash Valley Songwriters' Circle.
In addition to her performer credits, Tracy is a board-certified music therapist with a doctorate in Counselor Education. She has been a Professor of Music Therapy for 23 years and is the Chairperson of the Department of Music and Theatre at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). She is known in the music therapy community as a pioneer, having created two unique programs that blend on-campus and online education. She serves the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) as an Assembly Delegate, and was recently on the AMTA Board of Directors.
Tracy has received the Songwriting Award and Pioneer Award from the AMTA, and the Faculty Award of Service twice from SMWC. She belongs to the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the Songpreneurs Songwriting and Music Business Community. She has a husband and three children and resides in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Photo credit: Amanda L. Perry
Tracy grew up on a farm in rural Indiana listening to the music of the Carpenters, the Eagles, Helen Reddy, BJ Thomas, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Milsap, the Bee Gees, Carole King, the Beatles, James Taylor...and a lot more. Most of all she loved music by singer-songwriters, music with great harmonies, and of course, music with prominent keyboard parts! She began piano lessons at age 9, began writing songs at age 10, and was playing keyboards and singing in a band at age 15. The first album she owned was "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy (perhaps foreshadowing her attending and teaching at a women's college).
Although she has sung country, rock, pop and other styles, these days she is most passionate about singing and playing her own compositions, which tend to be a blend of blues, folk, pop, country, and whatever else feels right in the moment.