We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Cruz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to start my own business (Tracy Cruz Vocal Studio) to inspire, guide, and encourage singers, songwriters, and performing artists to pursue their dreams. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by phenomenal music teachers and mentors and I wanted to give that same support to others to help them become successful in their goals and careers in music. Also, I wanted to provide live music entertainment services to help put money into my musician friends pockets and actively contribute to the live music scene.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe my art is heartfelt, sincere, and healing. My lyrics will tug at your heart and the music transport you into another world. (Period not comma). What sets me apart from others is that I’m a go getter but still stay grounded in the fact that I’ll never let success get to my head. In addition, I believe in collaboration over competition and the only person I compete with is myself. I’m very excited about the fact that I’ve won 36 music awards and received over 65 nominations. I started taking music lessons when I was a young girl and was highly involved in choir and band throughout my elementary (choir), middle (band), high school (choir) and college years (choir and band). I competed in a lot of talent competitions growing up and learned what qualities and skills judges look for.
Achieving my professional goals was not easy at all. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to where I am today. I would work 24/7 to achieve my goals for several years and invested a lot of time, money, and effort into my craft. I still continue to put forth the same work ethic. I overcame the challenges with prayers, humility, consistency, persistence, determination and support from my family, friends, and music community.
I’ve learned that being in the music industry is not for the faint of heart. You must have thick skin and resilience in order to succeed. Also, you must show kindness, encouragement, and support towards your fellow music creators and professionals so that the live music scene will continue to survive and thrive. Lastly, keep humility in your heart and always be open to learning and growing.
I want the world to know that my music is heartfelt, sincere, and thought provoking. It comes from my personal experiences, feelings, and thoughts. I want the world to know that my music is intentional. I don’t create or release music just to have consistent content, I make sure it has intention and purpose.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my best friend to Monterey, CA. My children and I absolutely love this place. It is one of our top favorite vacation spots. First, we would go to Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about sea life and then walk around Cannery Row. We would eat at different places like Fish Hopper and Bubba Gump. Then we would order clam chowder and walk down to the beach and eat there. After Cannery Row, we would go to Fisherman’s Wharf and eat at Old Fisherman’s Grotto and Scales on the Go. We would also snack on oysters, crab meat, and octopus. We would finish off with fresh fudge and ice cream from Monterey Bay Creamery and Candy World.
After a fun-filled day of eating and sight seeing, we would watch live music at Sly McFly or Cibo and dine in.
During the other days we would spend several hours hanging out at different beaches and have a picnic. We would specifically go to Pebble Beach, Carmel River State Beach, and China Cove. We would also eat at Lugano’s Swiss Bistro and order cheese and chocolate fondues.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank God for all of His blessings, my dearest family, friends, music supporters, music mentors, my vocal students, and their families for their overflowing love and steadfast support. Also, I would like to thank my truly talented band “Instrumentali-T” for being a significant part of my music journey all of these years!
Live music photos with band and blue background photo: Jerome Sicat of Treehouse Vista Studio White background and pink and purple photo: Leah Marie Studio Music cover art: Jerisa Macalino Villamor Photo: Leah Marie Studio Black and white photos by: Lorenzo Manag and Jaron Delmendo-Cervantes