ST Exclusive: Tracy Hamlin shines on Starpoint classic

(September 12, 2018) We’ve been big fans of singer Tracy Hamlin for more than a decade. We raved over her 2015 album No Limits and we look forward to any new music she issues. And she has just released something new that pays tribute to a past legend, the great Renee Diggs, as she takes on the lost gem, “You’re My Sunny Day.”

(September 12, 2018) We’ve been big fans of singer Tracy Hamlin for more than a decade. We raved over her 2015 album No Limits and we look forward to any new music she issues. And she has just released something new that pays tribute to a past legend, the great Renee Diggs, as she takes on the lost gem, “You’re My Sunny Day.”

Born and raised in Baltimore, Tracy Hamlin came to know Renee Diggs as a member of Starpoint, a band of locals done good from nearby Annapolis. “’You’re My Sunny Day’ is my tribute to Renee,” Hamlin states, “a recording on which I continue to honor her legacy as an amazing vocalist and for being my greatest vocal inspiration. I had the opportunity to work with her and sing background vocals on Oasis, the only solo project she recorded before her untimely death from heart failure in 2005…which happened the year my first CD was released. In 2011, I was the featured vocalist with Starpoint for their Reunion Concert in Lyon, France - their first in 25 years. I was the only vocalist they thought could handle Renee's vocals - a heartfelt honor.”

“You’re My Sunny Day,” originally written by Renee Diggs with Starpoint group mate/longtime lover Ernesto Phillips, was recorded by the R&B sextet on its self-titled Chocolate City/Casablanca Records debut LP – their first of a ten-album run between 1980-1990. Until now, it has been a rare crate digger’s delight. Hamlin is breathing vibrant new life into it 28 years later. Right now, Tracy’s collector’s item vinyl release is selling out all over the world, and is almost sold out. But it hasn’t been played on the web…until now. Worldwide digital release is coming September 28.

So we’re proud to present the World Premiere of “You’re My Sunny Day.” It is a great reminder of both Renee Diggs’ legacy as well as the talent of Tracy Hamlin. Check it out below!

SoulTracks Exclusive!
Tracy Hamlin – “You’re My Sunny Day”

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