Tracey Coryell was born Tracey Lynn Piergross on June 6, 1970 in Riverside, New Jersey, a small town across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. She is a self-taught musician who began songwriting at the age of 13. She also writes short stories, poetry and musicals for children and the young adult age group. To date, Tracey has written and owns over 100 original songs in various styles of music, 40 poems, one musical (Make Believil) and produced an original work of narrated, scary, short stories with audio (Scarytales). Her most recent published work is the children's book, "Tilikum's Dream."
Tracey completed the 'Writing for Children and Teenagers' course at the Institute Of Children's Literature under the tutelage of Deborah Vetter in 2012.
Tracey's activism for animal rights has been very strong over the last five years. She has marched and protested for Marine Mammal rights with organizations like PETA and the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. After writing Tilikum's dream, she discovered and involved herself with helping Blue Freedom.org, an organization dedicated to marine mammal rights and to the release of Tilikum, the Orca whale. Tracey is also a contributing member of Alley Cat Allies, upholding the rights of cats across America. Her Scarytales collection is dedicated to raising funds in support of the Lupus Foundation of America in honor of the late Illustrator, Angel Busque.
In the studio, Tracey has had the pleasure of working with some very talented and well known music industry pros like Grammy Award Winning studio engineers Ron & Howard Albert (Derek & The Dominoes, Firefall, Crosby Stills & Nash), Steve Alaimo (TK Records President/ KC & The Sunshine Band) her recently deceased husband Larry Coryell (renowned Jazz Guitarist), to name a few. (1989 - present)
Her performances have taken her around the globe to Europe, Asia, British Isles, Canada, the Caribbean, and all over the continental United States. 2005 - 2009 were guest vocal spots with her husband Larry Coryell and his bands. She has shared the stage with great musicians such as Alphonse Mouzon, Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), Victor Bailey(Weather Report), GE Smith (Saturday Night Live Band), Paul Wertico(Pat Metheny), Mark Egan(Pat Metheny), Bernard ‘pretty’ Purdie and Jeff Berlin.
Tracey’s voice has been heard on radio stations around the world, from Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul, Korea. National jazz and college stations have been spinning her duet remake of the Tracy Chapman song “Gimme One Reason” from Larry Coryell’s “Live In Seattle” CD. Larry also recorded her song, "The Frist Day Of Autumn" on the album "The Lift" from Widehive Records released in 2013.