I first met Tracy Coley in January 1995. I was at Holman Methodist Church for a wedding rehearsal. My memory is normally horrible. So it is unique that I remember that day so well. I walked into the church and heard this wonderful voice singing a cappella … “First time ever I saw your face.” Tracy had attended Morehouse with the groom, Kevin Ross.
I saw Tracy again nearly a year later at Amazing Grace Conservatory. He was sitting behind the piano working with a student, Marquise Wilson, in preparation for the AGC production of the Wiz. Lela Ward Oliver needed some publicity stills for the show, so I arrived with camera in hand. That day changed my life.
Tracy and Wendy warmly welcomed me into the AGC family. So I kept returning, year after year to see AGC grow and the students grow up. The stage productions just got better and better. The last one, Prodigal Sister, was incredible!
I saw Tracy for the last time in July at a birthday party. I thought about Tracy several weeks ago and left a message on his service. I called to say hi and to let him know that I wanted to be on board for the fall AGC production. Tracy never returned the call. His golden voice went silent on November 9, 2002. I will never forget Tracy.