"Stepping Stone" has received air time on several internet and national radio stations such as Sunday Side Up Jazz 97.1 The Point out of LasVegas, NV; MuchoSoul podcast on FM 15.11.11 London, England; Internet Radio Virginia Music out of Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Dave Perkins Show on AM 860 The Answer located in Miami, Florida, and WRJR Real Jamz Radio out of Detroit, Michigan. Just recently featured as part of the Home Grown Music segment of the Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer based out of Houston, Texas. In addition, we have just been selected as part of the Radio Indie International Radio Network broadcasting to many countries around the world.
"Traci Cooper is likely the best “unknown” female jazz vocalist you will ever encounter. As an independent musician, recording engineer, producer, and voting NARAS member, I’m always listening for unique talent, and Traci delivers in ways I’ve not heard in far too long. Her unique stylings, when coupled with her dynamic and pleasing vocal timbre, kept me wanting more when I heard her breakout CD. I wouldn’t hesitate one moment to bring Traci Cooper in as the feature entertainment wherever adult oriented jazz, expertly presented, was the call."
By Roseanne Vitro on January February 7th, 2016
Stepping Stone- Traci Stone's vocal debut brings sweet sounds from a lovely singer, performing a sophisticated and thoughtful set of songs with a top shelf band. Sexy and subtle describe, Stepping Stone. You'll need two copies, one for your car and one for whatever room you relax in.
The first thing you notice when listening to Traci Stone's new recording is a voice with a sweet, clear tone. The bass and voice opener, "The Best Is Yet to Come" is a hushed, sexy, invitation to her first album. The overall sound and feel of "Stepping Stone" is relaxed, subtle and swinging, which compliments Traci's pretty voice and beautiful song choices. "After the Lovin" should please country and pop fans with its familiarity; it’s her heartfelt tribute to memories of listening to music with her dad. "Too Darn Hot" puts the singer deep into a pure jazz swing, sexy and fun, but never over the top.
"Lilac Wine" was a surprise and an interesting song choice. Traci sings this plea of love and anticipation with conviction and reverence. This is the first jazz cover I've heard since the late, great Nina Simone's recording in 1954.
"Love Will Follow" is a standout, a soulful duet sung with master R& B vocalist, Clayton Maybin. Smooth jazz and R&B radio should check out this track. It's a groove with great commercial appeal.
Traci's follows her duet with music from Brazil, two tunes by Antonio Carols Jobim:"So Nice" and "So Danco Samba." Listeners will fall in love with the sexy Traci Stone and her brilliant band. There are plenty of classic standard for fans of the Great American Songbook to enjoy including some of my favorites, " The Very Thought of You," "Close Your Eyes," "Getting Some Fun Out of Life," and "You Go to My Head."
"Stepping Stone" is another tune slated for airplay, straight out of the smooth jazz format. DJ's, who've enjoyed David Sanborn's records will enjoy Traci's title track. Last, and perhaps one of the most fun songs on this solid debut, is "No Soap, No Hope Blues," originally recorded by the late great Anita O'Day.
Congratulations to Traci for choosing a wise producer, Jane Vandiver. Jane's choices in the studio and great musicians make this a stellar first outing for Traci Stone. It's a beautiful thing when an accomplished teacher and mother can fulfill her dream with such a team of pros. Pamela York piano, David Craig bass, Mike Wheeler guitar, Sebastian Whittaker drums are the sterling “A” team, hailing from Houston, TX. You could hire this group to play anything and it would sound fantastic. Horn players, Warren Sneed tenor & soprano sax and Dennis Dotson trumpet & flugel horn are the two top call horn players in Houston, lovely job guys. This is a winning project. Congratulations to the entire team. Mark Cooper, executive producer.
Vocalist, Educator, Producer, Journalist
Knock Your Socks Off.
By L. Skipper on November 14, 2015
You might as well take your socks of now, because this album will knock them off. The duet with Clayton Mabin on Love Will Follow is amazing. All the instruments are extraordinary, the vocals are tremendous, but Lilac Wine is awesome. (Even more so live, which I had the great fortune to see/ hear.) I highly recommend this album.
“Traci's easygoing style puts you in a comfortable state of mind. A warm and inviting voice colored by the depth of her soul.”
— Kellye Gray
Semi-Finalist in the 2018 Bay Area Houston Idol contest held at Jackie's Brickhouse in Kemah, TX.
Take This One Everywhere.
By Ixman on November 17, 2015
Every now and then, we besooted music miners dig up a perfect little emerald. I alit upon Stepping Stone while looking for something else and am very happy I took it for a spin. This one's a keeper.
Stepping Stone is a collection of torchy covers rendered with loving, light-hearted passion and precision. There's not a weak piece here, and Traci's breathy, cheerful-vixen style can go with you to your work day, your drive home, cooking dinner with wine, a day trip to the coast, in the tub, or even an evening out with friends - it's that versatile.
Traci is also re-listenable, and inspirational in the most lovely of ways, the ways your mind likes to be inspired when you're enjoying life's sensual, gracious pleasures. To wit:
- The evening air is finally cooling and we're arriving at the Sands, and I hear one of the Rat Pack's playin' tonight.
- There they are - they parked on the beach and brought friends. I'm glad I brought extra wine!
- Yeah, I know we're low on gas, but look at that sunset! Is that music I hear from over there?
- Mom, Dad - she said yes!
Through it all, the collection features a happy little intimacy. The production seems well above average and the band sounds like they grew up with her. Nicely done.
- Lilac Wine - this is a difficult enough piece to even sing, much less strike the right emotional tone. Traci nails it just right. It's a hit, and you'll hit replay on this one. A lot.
- The Very Thought of You/My One and Only Love - Longing personified. Most men out there (and some ladies) will find themselves wishing Traci were singing this directly to them.
- Stepping Stone - Great production here. It's nice to have a soft sax that doesn't sound like waiting room music!
- Love Will Follow - Very nice rendition of the Loggins tune. Clayton knocks it a mile, too!
So let Traci (and yes, her very talented back-up crew) be your go-to guilty pleasure. Stepping Stone will be your delightful co-conspirator everywhere you go. Bravo, Ms. Cooper.