Who is Traci Starr? ( A question that gets answered in Author G. D. Grace’s novel “ICON”)

Excerpt from Author G. D. Grace’s “ICON”, plus a special bonus for the fans. It includes the track line up from both of Traci Starr’s platinum selling releases. 

“…Vast fortune was insurance for a life of always have and never want.  What she discovered is that it came with all those things, and several more she had never counted on. Trust was an empty word, loyalty was just an illusion, and an invasion of privacy was considered normal.

You kept more people fed than you would ever imagine when you sold millions of records and started selling out arenas.  Everyone from minimum waged parking lot workers to the ultimate annoyances , the paparazzi, profited off you by either taking tickets, or stirring up controversy.

Every entertainer finds their own way to cope with the grueling  pressures associated with stardom. Traci wound up in a desperate search for a way to start coping with hers, but nothing seemed to work. She tried meditation, yoga, exercise, religion, support groups, but nothing worked. Life on the road became a blurred stream of countless cities, shifting time zones, and impersonal hotels.

Home became another stop along the way, because she was rarely their to enjoy it.  She had  amassed everything she had ever dreamed of, but had sacrificed her freedom to get it.

During the final show of the Orange Moon tour, she was standing center stage,  performing the last song of the evening. Within the context of that song,  there was a hidden revelation about her that she felt compelled to include. Writing it had already been difficult, but when she sang it in the studio an emotional overload  was unleashed from the depths of her soul, and the song become one of her most personal ones  to date.

After the last few bars of “Message in the Sky,” faded,  a satisfying silence fed anxiousness,  anticipation. and solemn.  It was as if every single fan in the sold out arena had reached one conclusion in the same moment.

“What’s up everybody?” she asked in a commanding dramatic whisper.

A thunderous roar was the response.

“What do y’all find so amusing about me?” was the follow up question she asked, as she teasingly circled the silver mic stand, looking down at the modest stage floor.

“We love you, Traci!”  several fans screamed from the audience.

“You’re the best, girl” screamed another during a brief pause.

“Can I come home with you, baby?”  a random baritone voice asked with excitement.

The crowd erupted in laughter.

His question caught her by surprise, and made her stagger backwards in an amused waddle.

Every time she tried responding, a girlish giggle stopped her.  Fans who attended the concerts always seemed more genuine to her, and it didn’t matter what country she was in. Moment like that one always seemed to make it worth wild.

“Take you home?” she laughed, shaking her head. “Would you even know what to do when we got there?” she asked, knowing very well that the question would throw the crowd into a hysterical fit.

And it did.

“Alright, that’s enough of that. I’m pretty sure my band is tired and ready to get some sleep, but before I say goodnight, I wanna sing a song for you. Is that okay with you?” she asked, in a more serious tone.

“Yeah!” they screamed.

“Okay, but you have to promise me that you’re going to be quiet and let me do this.” she told them.

With that, the band started playing the lush violin intro to “This Side of Heaven“.  The song had never been released as a single, but die-hard fans knew every word by heart.

Never knew of a tree so tall…

Often stood, tumbled down in a fall..,.

Always felt my life would never be

Something close and near to complete.

I did for you

But not for me

I Built you up

Then watched you leave

I  had to find

Myself in me

To be the one

That I got to be

And it’s hard….

This side of heaven

Really hard….

This side of heaven

Hard to make it…

This side of heaven

But gotta try…

This side heaven”

***Below are the track line up from both of Traci Starr’s platinum+ sellers***

Orange Moon – CD (released April 1,1996)

(Completed February 1996)
(released June 1996)

1. “Surly You Know” (released April 1,1996)
2. “Giving In”
3. “Job You Do”
4. “On It”
5.  “I Said”
6.  “Been Around”
7.  “Yours Always”
8.  “Inside I See”
9.   “The Longest Summer”
10.  “Face Me

In the Spirit- CD

(Completed October 1998)
(Released February 1999)

1. “Message in the Sky”
2. “What we Have”
3. “A reason to Live”
4. “The View from Here”
5.  “In the Spirit”
6.  “All  I Can See”
7. “So Gifted”
8. “Blessed Be”
9.  “Very Sure”
10. “This Side of Heaven”

**I don’t profess to be the greatest writer, however, I do profess to being passionate about this literary craft of mine that the “Almighty” has blessed me with.  At the beginning when I released, “Knights of Decpetion“, my first novel, I was greener than a lush field of meadow grass.  Though there was very little fanfare about the accomplishment, a burning desire inside of me compelled me to keep pushing forward.  After self-publishing 5 novels, I toyed around with several others, including sequels to a couple of the first.  “Daddy”, is also another near to completion, but something kept tugging away at my imagination.  I didn’t know it then, but I know it now, it was “ICON“. ~GD

Author & Producer of “A Touch of Grace” G. D. Grace

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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