Friday, September 6, 2013

Sept. 6: R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray is 44 today.

Born Natalie Renee McIntyre - and also credited as Natalie Hinds - Macy is known for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday. Besides singing and song writing, she is also a record producer, and actress. She was born in Canton, Ohio where she worked (briefly) for the Football Hal of Fame until she was fired for lateness.

She decided to pursue a career in music after being expelled from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson. While attending the University of Southern California where she graduated from in 1990, she agreed to write songs for a friend, and a demo session was scheduled for the songs to be recorded by another singer. When the vocalist failed to turn up, Gray recorded them herself.

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Gray has released five studio albums, one compilation album, and one live album, with her fifth studio album, The Sellout, released on June 22, 2010. She has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one.

In late 2008, Gray worked with Carmit Bachar (with the Pussycat Dolls) on songs for her upcoming solo album. It has been reported that Bachar is also featured on Gray's new album.

She has appeared in a number of films including Training Day, Spider-Man, Lackawanna Blues, and Idlewild. Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try," taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.

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