Personalities | Macy Gray | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1970)

Born Natalie McIntyre in Ohio, Macy Gray is a modern soul singer whose voice is distinctive and demeanor often startlingly original. In 1998, early hits ‘Why Didn’t You Call Me?’ and ‘I’ve Committed Murder’ started to cause minor ripples in her home country, but by the following year her star was well in ascent. The ‘I Try’ single, equally as impressive as the same year’s ‘Still’, was nominated for three Grammy’s and won best vocal performance, while the debut album it came from (On How Life Is) sold over five million copies worldwide.

Later years saw Gray try to diversify with acting, and unfortunate scheduling saw her The Id (2001) sell poorly after the 9/11 tragedy. ‘Demons’, a vocal contribution to Fatboy Slim’s 2001 album, proved the singer was as adept at dance as she was soul, and she also tried hip hop on tracks by Common and The Black Eyed Peas.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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