BiographySpencer was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She began singing by the age of three and modeling in pageant competitions at age five. Tracie performed, produced and directed her first music videos before she was ten years of age. This led to her competing on Star Search the 1980s CBS televised talent competition. She performed Whitney Houston's 1986 hit "How Will I Know" and won the competition.Shortly thereafter, she became the youngest female artist to sign a record deal with a major label, Capitol Records, and to release a self-titled debut album on January 16, 1988. She found success with the singles "Hide and Seek", "Symptoms of True Love" and her remake of John Lennon's "Imagine". Her second album, Make the Difference, was released on August 27, 1990.The first single, "Save Your Love", showed an impressive standing at #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Her following single, "This House", became her biggest hit to date reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Tender Kisses", one of her best-known ballads, hit #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and made her the youngest female artist to receive the ASCAP songwriter of the year award. The other singles, "This Time Make It Funky" and "Love Me", charted relatively well on The Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.Spencer served on the board of the Children's Defense Fund as a teen and was given the Martin Luther King Christian Leadership Award for being a positive role model to youth and traveling across the US and abroad as part of a "Stay In School" program.She made a guest appearance on the hit ABC sitcom, Family Matters as well as commercials, in 1993 and recorded the song "I'll Be There for You" for the 1997 film, Good Burger, "The Rain" for Down in the Delta, and Girlfight, starring Michelle Rodriguez. She also modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, and Dollhouse, which led to her being a part of New York and LA's fashion weeks in 1999-2000, being styled by Derek Khan, being signed to "NEXT" modeling agency and appearing in numerous magazines.On June 29, 1999, she released Tracie, which featured the singles "It's All About You (Not About Me)" and "Still In My Heart." In the 2000s, she started singing background vocals on hip-hop songs for rappers such as Kanye West ("Slow Jamz" and "Never Let Me Down" from The College Dropout), 50 Cent ("Back Down" from Ger Rich Or Die Tryin'), and Eve as well as songwriting for other artist's projects. She acted in the short film, A Tale of Two Sisters; in 2004 and in 2006, she performed in a play called Choices in Los Angeles. As of 2007, Spencer has taken a hiatus from music; however, she is still modeling and pursuing other interests.