Contestant No 2
Tracey Rains is an accomplished vocalist, rated as one of the top female singers in South Australia and nationwide. Her voice has been likened to the smooth sounds of artists such as Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Loretta Lynn, The Supremes Diana Ross & heartbreaker Dionne Warwick. Tracey’s range encompasses all genres of music to give her the unique and distinct quality with the powerful drive that can only be matched by the modern ballad singers of today. Tracey has won numerous awards throughout SA, NSW, and Vic and been fortunate to sing internationally. She is a successful manger of herself founded band “Claypan” who have also accompanied her on the journey of success & were awarded the “Fowler’s Live 2012” “Best country Act”. Tracey & her band “Claypan” have traveled throughout Australia entertaining audiences wherever they have been ensuring those that attended were left with an imprint of not only the beautiful & unmistakably powerful sounds of Tracey’s voice but also her undeniably down to earth contagious personality. Tracey is known for her “honesty” on & off stage sometimes leaving her audience reeling in laughter with one of her many funny stories or sayings that usually leaves her friends and family begging for a mute button.Tracey has also been awarded for her songwriting ability, two of which received 2011“Apra Song of the Year”, modern and traditional revealing that Tracey has an outstanding ability to capture the stories & music that are so distinctly unique from one another.
Tracey won the “Rocky Page” Memorial Scholarship in 2008, which seen her attend the prestigious “CMAA” college in Tamworth where she took every opportunity to further enhance her abilities and make some new friends in country music. Tracey has supported artists such as Beccy Cole, Carole Sturtzel, Lee Kernaghan, Troy Casser-Daly, Adam Harvey, Carter & Carter, Craig Giles, The McClymonts and many more. Of all of these, her favourite she says is her brother Nathaniel O’Brien, who is an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own. Tracey and Nathaniel have competed as a duo “Two Blues”, throughout the Nation and NZ also and have won many 1st’s and hearts alike, the harmonies that these two resonate are unrivaled and their unique ability to know what each is doing is only a talent that a brother and sister could perceive of each other. Tracey has been a successful entertainment manager for events such as “Tour Down Under”, “Victorian Bush Fire Support”, “Riding for the Disabled”, “Royal Society for the Blind”, “The Premier’s Breakfast”, “Cancer Council” and many more. She has done many fundraisers for organisations that are close to her heart, of these a particular one that stands out is “Carolyn’s Day on the Green, a concert put on for a local lady who had been given weeks to live from cancer. Tracey and a few other kind people took it upon themselves to achieve this ladies “Bucket List” wish. Her soundman and husband, Chris & her family of four children ably support Tracey. Meet Tracey and you will fall in love with her. Tracey’s message to all who support her is “You are not my Fans, You are my Friends”. Tracey has two cd’s for purchase:“Live” a compilation of country rock and ballads. $15 “Looking unto Jesus” a beautifully captured gospel cd. $20 You can purchase separate or the two for $30. Awards“Rocky Page” Memorial Scholarship in 2008Graduate of the Academy of Country Music 2009 “Looking For Mr Right
What would it mean to win this competition?
A little background as to why I entered in the first place. My little brother and I performed both as a solo and also as a duo, his name was Nathaniel O’Brien, known by (X-factor 2014 finalist). He was in 2016 going to be a finalist in Toyota starmaker. On November 8th 2015 we had just finished singing together at the Burra country music festival, he had another gig he had to travel to so we said our “love yous” and our see you tonight, have a great gig……… 8 minutes later down the barrier highway his car hit a tree, he was 19. The news was broken to us all (mum, dad and myself) by the police at the festival in front of around 250 people. My brother and I were extremely close, I have not sung since the accident on a stage, it has been extremely difficult for me to see what direction to take with music without him here, until I saw your competition.
My brother and I had dreams of going to Nashville , in fact we were hoping we could in 2017 when he would have been 21. Your competition came up on my Facebook feed, it was almost unbelievable to see a competition that’s prize was a trip to “Nashville “! Despite the fact I had not been able to jump back on stage after the accident I found myself typing into the fields as required , it was almost as if my little brother was saying “this is it Trace” “our chance At Nashville”. I am pouring my heart out here and I know it’s meant to be a simple answer to your question but I felt at least you all needed to know what sort of story is behind this crazy entry. So to answer: what would winning mean to me? Winning would mean I could fulfil a dream for both myself and my brother, I would take him with me still in my heart, My soul and my voice and sing my heart out so his amazing talent can live on through me.
Your contest will be my first appearance on stage since the accident. I have my parents coming over for support, it is going to be an emotional day for all of us but I feel it is something I “have” to do for all of us.