It turns out getting fired was arguably the best single event in her life. Now she has accolades from motivating the people you hire: the Australian Institute of Management, Saab Australia, and the State Government of Victoria…
Ironically, she was in sales and marketing when she got the boot. At the time, she thought it was funny, so she became a comedian. She was 30, it was 1989 and hair was still pretty big. It wasn’t long before the Fringe crowds heard her booming voice and uproarious laughter cut through the din of a festival audience 100 metres thick. From the sell-out My Generation: Through The Eyes of a Sixties Child to Raw Hide and its three season returns, people were intrigued, engaged.
They asked if she could do more. She could.
Then they asked if Tracy could speak for them and their business communities. She did. And while she had a lot to talk about she did plenty of singing, too … and lots more stand-up … Melbourne, Sydney, and Edinburgh. But the voice kept flying. By 1994, she’d signed on with 94.5FM in Perth and with Fred Botica, the duo had the run of the town for three years. The wave was building. She heard someone calling from Melbourne. It was FOX FM and brekky with Tracy and Matt in the Morning. Her show with Matt Tilley out-whipped Melbourne FM radio for more than six years.
In 2003, she decided to tally-ho some of the breakfast radio hours and spend more time on the boards – corporate board audiences who were due their motivation.
In 2005 she blasted through ABC’s 774 studios in Melbourne and in 2006, she and Tim Smith teamed up for Tracy & Tim for Breakfast on Mix FM for two years.
But if a dose of Bartram is prescribed, it’s got to be the whole package. You can’t always hide that frame in a radio station. She loves her audiences live, from the front row. And that’s where some of the Australian music industry’s hottest players come in; slamming the choke and stepping on the gas in the Tracy Bartram Band.
It’s jazz that fuels her every-minute-counts explosion of just being.
Go now to the band link. It’s a good place on this site to dig the energy and versatility that is Tracy Bartram.