Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey
Founder of Restoration Village Arts and Endowed Artist Fellow
Tracy believes that beauty is integral to justice. As a pastor and theologian, she weaves stories, lament, hope and Spirit into tapestries that convey the world’s wounding and our collective call to act out liberating love. As a recording artist, her vision and work take form as electroacoustic pop and social gospel soul.
Music video for I Keep Watch, from Bring Me Some Peace:
Tracy grew up in the South Platte River Watershed, in and around Boulder, CO, learning the mountains, canyons and desert plains of the Southwest United States. Touring full time from 2000-2009, she played music at colleges, small music venues and festivals, churches, house concerts and prisons throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Her songs have been used by faith communities and in movement work globally. She has served as the director of art and liturgy for many ecumenical and global events working with the Latin American Theological Fellowship, Micah Global, Sojourners, Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Bread For the World and more. Her collaborative work in this season culminated with the release of Hold On To Love, a world-gospel fusion project.
After finishing her M.Div. at Harvard in 2012, she began producing for other artists and organizations, releasing Songs For 1,000 Days for Bread For the World in 2013 and the Oscar Romero Cantata for Luis Alfredo Diaz in 2014. Relocating to the Rivanna River watershed in Charlottesville, VA, now with a family, she continues to cultivate her own humanity and the humanity of the world through music and cultural work. She worked with producer and friend Latifah Alattas to record Bring Me Some Peace, not knowing that it would be released in the wake of white supremacist violence and terrorism in Charlottesville the summer of 2017. The album is laced with pain, hope and healing. This year Tracy recorded another album in Memphis, TN, full of songs written out of the movement work of the past several years and up through the work she and her husband did organizing in Charlottesville during the summer of hate. The social gospel soul album will be released in early 2019.
Follow Tracy’s work and music on her social media @TracyHoweMusic.