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Macy Gray

Macy Gray parlayed an utterly unique voice and an outlandish sense of style into pop stardom at the turn of the millennium, appealing to audiences of all colors in search of a fresh alternative to mainstream R&B. After an accidental entry into the music industry, she reached the mainstream in grand style with a Top Ten pop hit, platinum certifications, and several Grammy nominations. Although her pop success dried up, she built a sizeable and unpredictable discography for a series of major and independent labels that included gutsy original material and bold covers that paid tribute to Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Metallica. By 2016, she was revisiting career highlights with a jazz quartet.

Gray was born Natalie McIntyre in Canton, Ohio, and grew up a shy youngster frequently teased about her odd-sounding voice. She studied classical piano but also soaked up the music of soul legends like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin, as well as old-school hip-hop. At boarding school as a teenager, she was exposed to a variety of white rock & roll as well. She moved to Los Angeles to enroll in USC's screen writing program, where one day she agreed to write lyrics for a friend's original songs. A demo session was scheduled to get the songs on tape, and when the singer failed to show up, Gray -- having adopted the full name of an elderly Canton neighbor as her creative alias -- wound up singing on the recordings, in spite of her distaste for her own voice. One of the songs was never overdubbed with another vocalist, and when the tapes started making the rounds of the local music scene, Gray's raspy growl attracted attention. She sang jazz and pop standards with a band that played in hotels around Los Angeles, continued work as a demo singer, and also performed at an after-hours club she organized.

All the buzz led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Gray recorded an album, but the label declined to release it. Devastated by this rejection and the breakup of her marriage, Gray retreated to Canton. However, her demo tape continued to make the rounds, and she returned to L.A. to accept a publishing deal with Zomba. This in turn helped lead to a new record contract with Epic. Released in July 1999, On How Life Is won glowing reviews and great word of mouth, but was initially slow to catch on. That changed early the next year, when Gray received Grammy nominations in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal. That May, "I Try" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and the album went triple platinum by the end of the year. "I Try" prompted three 2001 Grammy nominations: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal, the last of which she won.

Gray subsequently recorded with Fatboy Slim, the Black Eyed Peas, and Slick Rick, and made her screen acting debut in the Denzel Washington police drama Training Day. By the time she began work on her second album, Gray was developing a reputation for surreal public appearances and interviews, culminating in an August 2001 incident in which she was booed for apparently stumbling over the lyrics to the national anthem. Released the following month, The Id was a determined effort to play up the crazy side of Gray's image. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 11 and quickly went gold on the strength of lead single "Sweet Baby." In spite of guest appearances by Erykah Badu and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante, among others, its sales stalled much sooner than expected. Between releases, Gray appeared as herself in the blockbuster film Spider-Man and also guested on Santana's Shaman. In April 2003, her third album, The Trouble with Being Myself, arrived on the shelves and peaked outside the Top 40 -- a commercial disappointment compared to her first two albums. Gray then moved from Epic to Geffen. With a new production team, including will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas and his confederate Ron Fair, Gray returned with a slicker, Tom Joyner-approved version of soul on 2007's Big, but it didn't perform much better chart-wise. The Sellout, a 2010 release for Concord, featured some self-composed songs and an appearance from Bobby Brown. Gray then signed to the 429 label for a pair of albums released in 2012: Covered featured renditions of songs by Metallica, My Chemical Romance, and Kanye West, while Talking Book was a song-for-song tribute to Stevie Wonder's 1972 classic. The Way, a set of original material, was independently released with help from rights management company Kobalt in 2014. The singer, backed by a jazz quartet featuring trumpeter Wallace Roney, then cut Stripped for the Chesky label. That album, Gray's ninth proper studio album, was released in 2016. ~ Steve Huey & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Talking Book

1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

2. Maybe Your Baby

3. You And I (We Can Conquer The World)

4. Tuesday Heartbreak

5. You've Got It Bad Girl

6. Superstition

7. Big Brother

8. Blame It On The Sun

9. Lookin' For Another Pure Love

10. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

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Track List: Covered

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Track List: The Sellout

1. The Sellout

2. Lately

3. Kissed It

4. Still Hurts

5. Beauty In The World

6. Help Me

7. Let You Win

8. That Man

9. Stalker

10. Real Love

11. On & On

12. The Comeback

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Track List: Big

1. Finally Made Me Happy

2. Shoo Be Doo

3. What I Gotta Do

4. Okay

5. Glad You're Here

6. Ghetto Love

7. One For Me

8. Strange Behavior

9. Slowly

10. Get Out

11. Treat Me Like Your Money

12. Everybody

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Track List: The Very Best Of Macy gray

1. I Try

2. Do Something

3. Still

4. Why Didn't You Call Me

5. I've Committed Murder

6. Sexual Revolution

7. Sweet Baby (feat. Erykah Badu)

8. Boo

9. When I See You

10. It Ain't The Money (feat. Pharoahe Monch)

11. She Ain't Right For You

12. Love Is Gonna Get You

13. Walk This Way

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Track List: The Trouble With Being Myself

1. When I See You

2. It Ain't The Money (feat. Pharoahe Monch)

3. She Ain't Right For You

4. Things That Made Me Change

5. Come Together

6. She Don't Write Songs About You

7. Jesus For A Day

8. My Fondest Childhood Memories

9. Happiness

10. Speechless

11. Screamin'

12. Every Now And Then

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Track List: The Id

1. Relating To A Psychopath

2. Boo

3. Sexual Revolution

5. Sweet Baby

6. Harry

7. Gimme All Your Lovin' Or I Will Kill You

10. Freak Like Me

11. Oblivion

12. Forgiveness

13. Blowin' Up Your Speakers

14. Shed

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Track List: On How Life Is

1. Why Didn't You Call Me

2. Do Something

3. Caligula

4. I Try

5. Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak

6. I Can't Wait To Meetchu

7. Still

8. I've Committed Murder

9. A Moment To Myself

10. The Letter

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Track List: Bang Bang (Single)

1. Bang Bang

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Track List: Beauty In The World (Single)

1. Beauty In The World

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Track List: Kissed It EP

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Track List: Sail (Single)

1. Sail

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Track List: Stoned (Single)

1. Stoned

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Track List: The Way

1. Stoned

2. Bang Bang

3. Hands

4. I Miss The Sex

5. First Time

6. The Way

7. Queen Of The Big Hurt

8. Me With You

9. Need You Now

10. Life

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kcarter20012 0 0 1
I I would love to meet her I would absolutely love to go to her mind I can relate to almost every single song she has
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yedidaadvanc e d
I like her unique sense of dress- style, great flair. Not to mention her incredible personality that she suffuses into her music.
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I Try is my anthem!
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That voice just curls my hair. Forget comparisons with past legends like Billie Holiday, her voice is equally memorable and grand - like a whole new element. Love that gurl!
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albates80
Love you always������
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My favorite song by Macy is"Hands"
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Has always been one of my favorites - love her!!!
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Love it
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I am only a kid and I love your misc
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..classic song
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Why Didn't You Call Me how many of us can relate to that s**t when we had fun
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Get it
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Macy Gray in am Suzie
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do Something!!! !
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Damn I like to listen to her music.. she has her own style..many have forgotten about.
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Music lives on four ever
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Kiss your left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Say ur name
Pick a school day
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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escalled
I have no idea who you are but I heard a preview of one of your songs and I LOVE it
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katsmandoo7
?????
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I love uptown funk you up
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my chemical romance
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I just love Macy Gray
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walksinwater 7
Sell Out is truly one of her best, especially the track featuring Bobby Brown, way cool.
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rodriguezpau l i n a 4 2
♡♡LOVE HER ONE OF MY FAVS☆☆BOO UR ALL I WANT TO LOVE BOO☆☆♡♡
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day.boule
Macy Gray . . . Love your name . . . Love your voice . . . You are wonderful
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However she is my personal information
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Great artist if u ask me grew up listening an loving her
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Boo
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I LOVE HER ..... HER STYLE HER VOICE.... SHE'S ALRIGHT WITH ME ;)
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aries16482
This woman is great
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lamin03
gilmore girls brought me here ;)
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im 18 and i never herd nuthing like her music, i felt at peace when i first herd her voice man shes just amazing
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Macy, the 1st time I heard u, I loved your voice. Unique,Soulf u l , and absolutely amazing. Don't ever stop what u love, and what gives u joy. I know I love you!
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Macys premiere song goes something like this, I don't wanna make it with out I cannot find help
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marcy sing a song call real in the movie domino but i cant find it Help
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they call my mom lil macy she love you
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WE love Macy in everyway. An extraordinar y young women with a uniqueness unrivaled. Actor, Vocalist, and rare bird whom I can only bestow my love upon. Yes, we can't get enough of Macy Gray!!!
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SHE IS A VERY GOOD ACTOR AND VERY LOVELY PERSON.
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abundant721
I've always loved Macy's raw style!
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julian_thomp s o n 3
you are so original and i like yo style
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consciouscho i c e s a z
You're awesome baby. I've always loved you. Thanks for getting out there and making it happen.
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stellarviole t
I bought "On How Life Is" just for "I Try" and was delighted to find so many other gems - "Still" captures the hope <'your crumbs of lovin'> and heartbreak <'he does me wrong and I should be gone'>that keeps people trapped in relationship s ; "I've Committed Murder" allows us all that vicarious thrill of agreement ; listen to "Sex-o-Matic Venus Freak" and draw your own conclusions. . .
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i love yu
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lordverus
rofl, good one Christina :D
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lordverus
Or what?
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Don't mess with Macy !!!!!!!
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lordverus
I cannot describe in words that exist how much I hate this artist, and the fact that anybody supports the verbal diarrhea that she vomits on a daily basis. Macy Gray is the scourge of civilized humanity.
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this artist is off the hook, I can't get enough of her.....
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To I crush,
A) "so little talent can make it,," So you never heard of rap, Britney, Paris, et al?
B)If you could REALLY crush the ignorant with your might, you'd kill yourself.
C) Macy Gray,,, a HOTTIE who "sangs"!
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I f**kin love Macy Gray,and I hate people who call her untalented,a n d people who say she nev should have made it, just because she sounds different.Lo o k outside the box, indulge in some culture.I hate simple-minde d ignorant folk.

keep doin wat u doin Macy G. I love that rugged raspy voice

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