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I SANG ONSTAGE WITH MY MOM IN VEGAS! Posted on November 28th, 2015 in Tracee.

Last week, in Vegas, my mom, out of nowhere, stopped her show and asked me to come onstage and sing. I think the last time my mom asked me to sing I was 5 or 6 years old. I swear at first I thought she said Evan (my brother, a singer, who was also there). But then I realized she said my name, and before I could think, I was walking toward the stage!

Now, I’m not afraid of much. I used to be afraid of everything. I was shy as a child. Probably tough to believe but it’s true (see pics). I still get nervous all the time but I never let it stop me and I’m certainly not afraid of performing. But, somehow, by the time I stepped onto the stage it was as if I was 6 years old again! There’s something about singing….. It’s no joke trying to do that as the child of DIANA ROSS, let alone while standing by her side on stage. Plus, when you’re nervous, it’s hard to hear, it’s hard to breathe, and it’s hard to be present. These are all important things when you are singing!

Anyway, here it is, me stepping on stage with my mom, fighting through so many childhood fears and fantasies. There is no way to describe the pressure, the fear of what it feels like to allow my voice to be heard as Diana Ross’ child.

All my life I have witnessed her as Diana Ross the icon and Diana Ross the mother, and I have experienced her seamlessly bridge this incredible dichotomy with grace and ease. She is a nurturing and fierce mom, intimate and ancient, in a setting that isn’t meant to support mothering: on stage with the whole world watching. There is a way in which she creates privacy and makes space for the sacred in the most public of settings. It is profound, and defines an infinite depth and wisdom that my mom holds.  She has always carved out space for her children. I have always known I was the priority.

Well here I am, a grown woman with so many thoughts and feelings colluding and colliding. Here is my voice, as much as I could let out.

My favorite part was me burying my head into her shoulder. It has been ages since I’ve hidden so deeply in my mother’s embrace and it was awesome.

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  • Amanda Curry

    What a blessing to have these moments with your mom! Beautiful!

    • Sharon Smith

      I love this Tracee! I remember watching your Mom’s “Live In Las Vegas” tape! Rhonda sang Reach Out And Touch with gusto, you shook your head and said no no no; even Little Chudney tried! I just smiled. Oh my God you are a beautiful young lady (your entire family is beautiful and talented). I thank God and your parents for you. You are a joy!
      Sing more please! Thank you and the gentleman who provided this video! I love it. Tears!

  • I got a little teary-eyed! What a great moment to share with your mother! You have always been one of my favorite women in Hollywood. Your youthful spirit is a mirror of myself. And I love that you blog….just like me!

  • Elysabeth Hunter

    Loved it!!!! I love the bond you and your family have.

  • boazwife

    Tracee! If yo’ mama say you can sing, then girl you best believe that you can sing, you sound great!!!

  • Monet Chapman

    That was oh so sweet! I loved when you embraced your mom and you two just lingered there for a moment. Thanks how I hug my mommy!

  • Asia Lovelace

    so awesome! I understand her fear but real fans know Tracee can carry a tune. Go girl!

  • Deja Speaks

    There were so many GEMS here. This was absolutely beautiful <3 looove the Ross women! My heart reached out to and melted with her for every moment. It's in moments like these, where she obviously feels the weight and pressure we all do, but rallies, first with mindfulness, and also with humor, wit, and an effort that is graceful, courageous, and dedicated, that I am always in awe of and most inspired by Tracee. This was wonderful!

  • Bob Kellerman

    We love you, Tracee! I always got so much from you when we were at the same group, a few years ago, and I am thrilled to see you on top! As for the singing, I doubt God told you to hold back, so GO!
    And as for Diana — I go back to the first Supremes hit, “When the Lovelight Came Shining Through His Eyes”, which was actually slowed down, making it flat, but it was wonderful
    Fifty years ago, I would eat lunch at a little stand in Oakland whose juke box listed songs by the “SOO-premes”

  • Jackie

    How awesome, private yet public. It’s so good to see this side of your mom and family. Thanks for sharing.

  • I’m so glad you got to have that moment on video with your Mom. To have the ability to look back on that in vivid color is priceless. I know that you probably have lots if video but I realized the value of this recently when talking to my Mom about memories that only she has and I will never have of us together. I teared up at this beautiful moment.

  • I love the love that the Ross family has for each other. It’s beautiful.

  • Heidi

    this was soooo sweet, beautiful voice girl!

  • Halleigh Andrews

    This touched my heart. To have yet another beautiful moment with your mother is priceless. This makes me cherish and relish the moments I had with my mother. Your sense of humor is honest and the best even when you are nervous. Love it!

  • Yo People Lawd

    Haha… Tracee you can sing. This was a great moment. I have always enjoyed seeing your mom in her interactions with her children. She is at her best in that moment as well.

  • Al Atkins

    OK, Surprise me. Tracee, YOU CAN SING…WOW, now I’m really impressed….Please sing more, develop those pipes….your gifts run deep and wide….EMBRACE THEM ALL….
    Remember, the Great Carol Burnett is an amazing singer as well as an Iconic Comic Genius…

  • Elizabeth Gouéti

    Thank you for sharing that moment with us. It made me emotional, it must be an amazing feeling.

  • leondra

    Omg u can Sing!!! I loved this moment traceeeee

  • Scott Howitt

    All my Best and Everlasting Success!…I am a child of Motown and always felt a Bond with Your Mom – Her delivery Really “Reaches Out”…Thanks for Sharing these very Moving Moments!

  • Joanne Gibbs

    I have always been a HUGE fan of Diana Ross. Thank you for sharing this. I absolutely loved it. I finally saw Diana perform in Baltimore in September. She was amazing! She did a great job with her children as well. Keep up the good work Tracee.

  • Taj

    That was so touching and beautiful.

  • You’re good! How lovely and touching!
    I have been lucky enough to see your mum on stage 3 times here in Copenhagen, and once be on the stage with her – wow! I’ll never forget that! Please give the best to your mum.

  • Fernanda Gárate Parra

    I’m not crying! You are!!!

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