T O M M Y M c C R A C K E N
INTERNATIONAL VOCALIST & ENTERTAINER
Leader of the Force of Habit Band
Tommy McCracken was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. The only child of Helen and Tom McCracken, Tommy enjoyed a religious upbringing. In his early years, he traveled extensively with his grandmother and grandfather as a featured Gospel soloist. Tommy's grandfather was the pastor at a church and Evangelized in and around Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Chicago, Illinois. Tommy now resides in Chicago, Il. He started singing professionally in 1974 and formed his own band, "The Force of Habit" in 1975. Tommy comitted himself to the blues in 1982 and since then, he has become one of Chicago's top blues vocalist/entertainers.
In his travels, Tommy has been fortunate enough to have visited forty American states and four countries. He has appeared at many of the top blues venues in the States including the Soup Kitchen (Detroit Michigan), Blind Pig (Champaign, Illinois), the Slippery Noodle (Indianapolis, Indiana), B.B. King's (on the famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee), Manny's Car Wash (New York), Warm Daddy's (Philadelphia, PA), and many more.
Tommy's appearances include world famous casinos such as Muckleshoot Casino (Auburn, Washington), Motor City Casino (Detroit, Michigan), Jack Binion's Horseshoe Casino (Hammond, Indiana) among many others. From September of 1984 to June of 1986, Tommy appeared as a regular entertainer at one of the world's best known blues venues, the Kinston Mines. After a long hiatus, Tommy returns to the Kinston Mines as of June, 2003 for a limited engagement.
Tommy has performed in the following Canadian cities: Regina, London, Ontario, Calgary, and Edmunton. In Iceland, Tommy has performed in the city of Reykjauik. He has performed at various locations throughout Italy (Sardegna, Bolonia and Rome), Switzerland, London, England, Scandanavia (Copenhagen), Belgium (the world famous Banana Peel), and return engagements to the many hot spots of the Netherlands.
While in Sardegna, Tommy and his Force of Habit Blues Band performed twenty-five concerts in thirty-one days. Tommy headlined his own night on the stellar weekend of July 24-26, performing with many other internationally recognized blues entertainers including B.B. King, Shirley King (B.B. King's Daughter), Chicago Beau, Jimmy Dawkins, Deitra Farr, Katherine Davis, and the Blue Ice Band from Iceland.
Tommy McCracken considers himself fortunate to have worked with or shared the stage with Blues artists such as Albert Collins, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report, Lonnie Brooks, Queen Sylvia, Billy Branch and the Sons of the Blues, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Zora Young, Gregory Hines, JoAnna Connor. Tommy draws strength from the fact that as a young man, he had the opportunity to share the stage with Mahalia Jackson and currently, Gospel and blues icon, Otis Clay.
Accompanying Tommy McCracken is the multi-talented Force of Habit band; a group of veteran blues musicians led by Chicago entertainer and band leader, Bob Johnson. Tommy McCracken and the Force of Habit band deliver a high energy brand of blues and gospel.
"McCracken, a natural entertainer goes with the moment. His show offers a disarming mix of reverence and ego as he rips through a blues cannon that touches on hits from B.B. King to Z.Z. Hill" -- Steve Dollar, The Atlanta Constitution
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