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CCMA and Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Tracey Brown is a self proclaimed second generation minstrel.
As a former member of Canada's most awarded country band, The Family Brown, Tracey began a career on stage, record and television at the tender age of 10. During their 22 year span, The Family Brown recorded 17 albums on RCA Records, hosted a syndicated television show for 13 years and toured extensively across Canada, parts of Europe and U.S. The band was fronted by patriarch, Joe Brown, a pioneer in the Canadian Country music industry. Joe, originally from Amherst, N.S., toured with his own band, "The Hillbilly Jewels" in the 1940's and 1950's as well as touring with Wilf Carter. Moving to the Ottawa Valley in the mid 1950's, Joe worked on local radio station CFRA with "The Happy Wanderers" and started "The Family Brown" with children Barry, Lawanda and Tracey in 1968.Tracey's formative years were spent on the road crisscrossing the country, playing all kinds of venues as well as guesting on Don Messer's Jubilee and Country Time.
The city of Nepean, ON now has a street named after the group.
Tracey went on to form Prescott-Brown with her brother, award winning songwriter, Barry Brown, and her husband, Grammy nominee and multi award winning producer and instrumentalist, Randall Prescott. The band released two c.d.'s with Sony Music Canada that produced 6 top - 10 singles, and appeared on such shows as Tommy Hunter, Dini Petty, The Rita McNeill Show, Open Mike with Mike Bullard and Adrienne Clarkson Presents. The group was nominated for a Juno Award and released 3 music videos.
In 1998 Tracey released her first solo c.d. "Woman's Work" which garnered a Juno nomination for Country Female Vocalist and a C.C.M.A. nomination for Independent Female Vocalist. Tracey charted 3 singles off the c.d. and released 3 videos.
Her soon to be released second solo c.d. "Alone" is in the final stages of production.
Tracey continues to perform and also co-produces many events and projects with husband Randall Prescott. Together they own and operate an audio/video production facility in the Ottawa Valley.
Recent performances include: CBC's "Madly Off in All Directions" in 2005 and the 25th Anniversary Special of "True North Concert" in Yellowknife, 2006, where she performed for The Right Honourable Governor General Michaelle Jean.
In 2000 Tracey was featured in a photo book by Michelle Valberg called "Dare to Dream - A Celebration of Canadian Women". She performed at the YWCA "Women of Distinction" awards in Ottawa, 2001, and co-wrote and performed a song for a 2001 Toronto Film Festival, award winning short film, "Charlie Noir", by writer/director, Keith Davidson. She has performed extensively across Nunavut, North West and Yukon Territories on many CBC "True North" specials, and has worked in the studio with many Northern artists. Tracey is also the recipient of the 2002 Mississippi Mills Cultural Achievement Award.
Tracey and Randall have performed at and/or organized many fund raising projects:
- Toured on CPR's "Holiday Train" tour 2001 - 2006, making over 100 stops a year at communities across Canada and the U.S., for local food banks. Co-produced the event 2004 - 2006. To date the Holiday Train has raised over 2.4 million dollars and 384 tons of food for North American Food Banks.
- Performed in Calgary Sept. 12, 2001 for "Our Thoughts Are With You" concert, raising over $65,000.00 for The Red Cross (victims of 911). Randall Prescott was one of the event organizers and together they helped organize a similar concert at the N.A.C. in Ottawa on Sept. 23rd for the N.Y. Firefighters 911 Disaster Relief Fund.
- 2 years on the Huron Carole Tour for the Canadian Association of Food Banks.
- Power Aid concert in Ottawa, performed and helped organize.
- Red River Relief Fund concert in Calgary.
- Released a cut on the Neil Young Tribute c.d. "Borrowed Tunes" with proceeds going to Bridge School, a facility for physically challenged children.
Tracey continues a career in the Canadian music scene and has been recognized in the press as one of the finest:
Lucinda Chodan, Country Magazine as "the woman who might just be the finest female country singer Canada has ever produced"
Peter North (Edmonton Journal) "as fine a singer as Trisha Yearwood and should be recognized as such".
Hugh Grant (The Hamilton Spectator) "she gives the impression she could sing in any genre with great distinction".
Tracey is an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast, enjoys family, friends, her 4 dogs, travel, concerts, cooking, learning new things and community work. Tracey and husband, Randall Prescott (also a second generation performer, son of Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame recipient, Irwin Prescott) are actively supporting their children, Kaylen and Kelly, on their goal to becoming third generation artists.