Tracy Greek is an aspiring singer/songwriter from Austin, TX. His acoustic-driven sound has grown out of a number of early influences such as, the Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M. and The Gin Blossoms. He has recently been influenced by artists such as Jeremy Camp, Leeland, Jeff Deyo and Warren Barfield. Tracy began playing guitar at 16, and shortly thereafter, penned his first song. His desire has always been more to communicate a message than to entertain. The aim of his music is to help others relate to the struggles, trials and successes of living out a life of following Christ. "If I can write a song that makes just one person say 'That really spoke to me' or 'I understand where you're coming from' then I know I'm doing what I was created to do." In 2004, Tracy and a friend recorded their first CD, a joint effort called "You Are Lord." This set the foundation for his current solo effort titled "The Beautiful Escape". Learning the ropes of recording and mixing through his first project allowed him to focus on the art of songwriting and making an album. Most recently, he placed 2nd in the Gospel category of the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, a renowned national songwriting competition, for the second year in a row with his song "Captivate My Heart" (2 years ago he placed with his song "Compass"). While accolades are nice, this isn't his driving force. Tracy has also recently learned to play piano after "You Are Lord" which has opened up another avenue for his songwriting. "Playing both guitar and piano helps me when I get stumped on a song, as well as provides me a completely different texture or sound depending on what I'm trying to say."