Tracy Niles

One Step Ahead

by Tracy Niles

Released 2014
Released 2014
Uplifting and catchy original songs ranging in style from electric blues, rock, R&B, and funk to emotional and beautiful ballads.
UDATE: NILES RECEIVES AIRPLAY! Black Heart Blues, Waterside and Change Your World were played on Kjazz's "Nothin' But the Blues" by Host Gary Wagner on February 22nd, who named Niles "Indie Artist of the Week".

Niles' new album is long overdue. The clever title track "One Step Ahead", should be renamed "One GIANT Step Ahead". Niles has hit her stride with her original catchy songs all rooted in the blues yet covering several styles. From electric blues-rock, R&B and funk to emotional and beautiful ballads, her music knows no limits as she merges them into a style all her own. Her honesty shines through her multi-faceted voice on every song with raw emotion. The strong opener "Black Heart Blues" and Track 3 "Leave Me Be", reveal the pain she's been through in relationships. The impressive and bold "I've Got a Right" is a window to her past and her struggles there. But, she balances it out with a new hope for love on "Be Mine" and "Face the World". She shows range and a natural ability for phrasing on the lusty bossa nova "Paris Eyes". It's really an album about coming into her own and the budding of a more mature and grounded Niles.

Chuck Alvarez of Blue Wolf Music produced and selected experienced and creative session players to complement Niles’ style including Skip Edwards (Walter Trout, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams) on Hammond B3 organ, Vince Denham (Michael McDonald) on saxaphone, and special guest and Grammy Winner The Emotions' Wanda (You've Got The Best of My Love) Hutchinson and Pam Hutchinson who back up Niles with soul and perfect pitch. Maria Martinez (Barry White, Rita Coolidge, El Chicano) on drums and Vernon Porter (Dave Mason, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler) on bass make a solid team and grooving rhythm section throughout. And, we hear brilliance from Chris North (Ambrosia) on B3 organ on Black Heart Blues, I've Got a Right and Give it Up and Barnaby Finch (Lee Ritenour, Ronnie Laws, Boz Scaggs) on piano on Waterside, Change Your World and Paris Eyes. And, Alvarez himself does all of the brilliant guitar work on the album incouding the stunning closer "All That Matters is Love". With this exceptional team behind her, Niles thoroughly reveals her vision, talent and personality and shows she is a true contender in the musical universe.