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  • Real name : Natalie Renee McIntyre
  • Place of birth : Canton
  • Date of birth : 06/09/1967

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  • Natalie Renee McIntyre
  • Natalie Hinds
  • Nemesis Jaxson
  • Gray Macy

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Macy Gray (1967)

Natalie Renee McIntyre

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Macy Gray is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, famed for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis.

Gray has released five studio albums, with her fifth studio album, The Sellout, released on June 22, 2010; and has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. She has appeared in a number of films including Training Day, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Lackawanna Blues, Idlewild and For Colored Girls. Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try," taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.

  Biography  

 early life and career
Macy Gray, was born to Laura McIntyre, a math teacher, and Otis Jones; Laura later remarried Richard McIntyre, who adopted Macy and fathered her brother Nathon and sister Nehlia. Gray was born in Canton, Ohio, where she briefly worked at age 12, before being fired for lateness. She decided to pursue a career in music after being expelled from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, which she had attended from the age of 14. However, Gray's initial success came as a surprise. While attending the University of Southern California 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. She then met writer/producer Joe Solo while working as a cashier in Beverly Hills. Together, they wrote a large collection of songs and recorded them in Solo's studio. The demo tape landed Gray the opportunity to sing at jazz cafés in Los Angeles, California. Despite Gray's dislike of her own voice, Atlantic Records signed her. She began recording her debut record but was dropped from the label upon the departure of her A&R man Tom Carolan, who signed her to the label. In 1998, she landed a record deal with Epic Records. She was on one of the songs from The Black Eyed Peas' debut album, "Love Won't Wait".

 music career
 On How Life Is (1999-2001)
Gray worked on her debut album in 1999. Released in the summer of 1999, On How Life Is became a worldwide smash. Despite the first single "Do Something" stalling on the charts, the release of the second single "I Try" made the album a success for Gray. "I Try" (which was originally featured in Love Jones and the Jennifer Aniston-starring vehicle, the romantic-comedy Picture Perfect in 1997) was one of the biggest singles of 1999, and subsequent singles "Still" and "Why Didn't You Call Me" ensured the album becoming triple platinum in the U.S., quadruple platinum in the UK, and triple platinum in Canada.

In 2001, Gray won the Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for "I Try", which was also nominated for "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year". She then collaborated with Fatboy Slim, The Black Eyed Peas, and Slick Rick (on the song "The World Is Yours", from the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack), as well as acting for the first time in the thriller Training Day. In August 2001, Gray was booed off the field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game after forgetting the words to the American national anthem.

 The Id and The Trouble With Being Myself (2001–2005)
Gray's The Id featured appearances by John Frusciante and Erykah Badu on the single "Sweet Baby", (which was co-written with longtime collaborator Joe Solo). The album peaked at number eleven on the Billboard 200. Despite its failure in the U.S., it reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold by the BPI. The underperformance in the United States, compared to her debut album, may have been due to The Id being released just a week after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In 2002, she appeared in Spider-Man as herself and worked with Santana on the track "Amoré ", for his album Shaman.

Also in 2002, she appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD in tribute to Nigerian afropop pioneer, Fela Kuti, Red Hot and Riot. She appeared on a remake track of Kuti's classic, "Water No Get Enemy" alongside prominent hip hop and R&B artists, D'Angelo, The Soultronics, Nile Rodgers, Roy Hargrove, and Kuti's son, Femi Kuti.

She recorded a duet with Zucchero called "Like The Sun " which featured Jeff Beck on guitar released in 2004 on Zu & Co., a duets collection. Her song "Time of My Life" was included in the soundrack to 8 Mile. A cartoon based on Gray's childhood was being developed, but it never came to fruition.

In 2003, Gray released her third studio album, The Trouble with Being Myself, to rave reviews. The lead single "When I See You" became a radio hit in the U.S. and a top forty hit in the UK, although the album was not as well received by fans. Nevertheless, it became Gray's third top twenty album in the UK. A greatest hits collection and a live album were subsequently released: The Very Best of Macy Gray and Live in Las Vegas . Additionally, Gray was featured on Marcus Miller's 2005 album Silver Rain, on a cover of Prince's 1986 song "Girls & Boys". She also appeared on the soundtrack to the film Chicago with Queen Latifah and Lil Kim on "Cell Block Tango/He Had it Comin'."

 Return to music and Big (2007-2010)

Gray began 2007 badly after being kicked off-stage at a concert in Barbados for profanity , but she was not aware that it was against the law in that country. She gave a public apology that night to avoid arrest.

In March, Gray released her fourth studio album , entitled Big. Two singles, "Finally Made Me Happy" and "Shoo Be Doo", have been released from the album. "What I Gotta Do", another track from the album, is featured on the Shrek the Third soundtrack. It is considered Gray's comeback album, after a four-year hiatus since her last studio album. The album was critically acclaimed and seen by some as her best work to date. It featured collaborations with Natalie Cole, Fergie, Justin Timberlake, and will.i.am, who co-executive produced the album with Gray.

The album was moderately successful in the U.S., where it debuted and peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200, becoming Gray's highest-charting album since The Id. Big reached #62 on the albums chart in the UK, her lowest-charting UK album, but it did achieve some success in several other countries including Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Finland, reaching the top forty of their album charts.

PBS's Soundstage live concert series premiered a Gray concert on July 5.

On July 7, 2007, Gray performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gray and her band members wore clothes bearing political messages. Gray's dress carried the message "Darfur Red Alert".

In 2008, Macy launched a new campaign under the name Nemesis Jaxson, with upcoming single, "Slap a Bitch".

Macy was available again in another movie soundtrack : Confessions of a Shopaholic, with the newest track "Don'Forget Me".

 The Sellout (2010-present)
The first single from Gray's fifth studio album The Sellout, "Beauty in the World," is featured in the final sequence of the series finale, Hello Goodbye, of the ABC television series, Ugly Betty. "Beauty in the World" is also used as the theme in multiple videos created by Microsoft to promote Internet Explorer 9. Both singles released from the album ("Beauty in the World" and "Lately") are Top 10 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

Upon its release, The Sellout received generally mixed reviews from most music critics. Metacritic, gave it an average score of 57, based on 15 reviews; Andy Gill of The Independent gave it 3 out of 5 stars; while Allmusic writer John Bush shared a similar sentiment and panned Gray's songwriting.

However, The Boston Globe's James Reed commended its productio,. and Jeremy Allen of NME gave the album a 7/10 rating.

 Other work
Gray appeared in the eighth season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, playing for Habitat for Humanity. She finished in third place, behind Robin Tunney and Christopher Meloni, and ahead of Joy Behar and Andy Dick.

In 2002, she was the voice for Seeiah Owens in the video game SSX Tricky. That same year, she made a brief appearance in the film Spider-Man as herself.

Gray sang the theme song for a cartoon show on Nickelodeon, As Told By Ginger, composed by Jared Faber and Emily Kapnek.

She appeared at the 2008 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. She stated she liked the Ferrari team and also found the Honda driver Jenson Button 'cute'.

In August 2008, Gray headlined at the 2008 Summer Sundae music festival in Leicester, England, performing cover versions of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?", Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" and Radiohead's "Creep". For the gig, her band wore pink Andy Warhol wigs.

On September 28, 2008, Gray sang the American national anthem as part of the Israeli flag-raising ceremony at the Israeli Consulate of Los Angeles.

In 2008, Gray collaborated with Australian DJ and singer Kaz James on the song "Can't Hold Back". The single was released in early 2009 in Australia and is credited to Kaz James featuring Macy Gray. It is included on James' debut solo album, If They Knew.

 personal life
Gray was married from 1996 to 1998 to Tracy Hinds, with whom she had three children: Aanisah , Tahmel – known as Mel – also involved in the music industry, and Happy . Gray opened up a music academy called The Macy Gray Music Academy in 2005.

Gray has two tattoos, one on her right wrist with all her children's names and the other on her leg. She was an early supporter of a Barack Obama presidential campaign.

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Name Duration Released
Beauty in the World 03:50 2010
Still Hurts 03:50 2010
The Comeback 04:04 2010
Kissed It 04:36 2010
On & On 03:19 2010
Lately 02:57 2010
Real Love 04:03 2010
The Sellout 03:58 2010
Stalker 02:27 2010
That Man 03:33 2010
Let You Win 03:57 2010
Help Me 04:37 2010
Shoo Be Doo 04:04 27/03/2007
Get Out 04:01 27/03/2007
Finally Made Me Happy 04:02 27/03/2007
Slowly 03:54 27/03/2007
Strange Behavior 03:35 27/03/2007
One for Me 04:09 27/03/2007
Ghetto Love 03:08 27/03/2007
Glad You're Here 02:54 27/03/2007
Okay 04:09 27/03/2007
Everybody 03:16 27/03/2007
What I Gotta Do 03:08 27/03/2007
Treat Me Like Your Money 03:27 27/03/2007
When I See You Again 03:52 30/08/2005
Live Right Now 00:00 30/08/2004
Git Up, Git Out 00:00 30/08/2004
Winter Wonderland 02:53 30/08/2004
I Can't Write Left-Handed 00:00 30/08/2004
Demons 03:14 30/08/2004
Walk This Way 03:31 30/08/2004
Love Is Gonna Get You 03:00 30/08/2004
She Don't Write Songs About You 04:39 15/07/2003
Come Together 04:35 15/07/2003
Things That Made Me Change 04:29 15/07/2003
Every Now and Then 06:30 15/07/2003
She Ain't Right for You 04:12 15/07/2003
Screamin' 03:16 15/07/2003
It Ain't the Money 04:07 15/07/2003
Speechless 04:06 15/07/2003
When I See You 03:43 15/07/2003
Happiness 04:13 15/07/2003
My Fondest Childhood Memories 03:36 15/07/2003
Jesus for a Day 03:30 15/07/2003
Hey Young World Part 2 04:03 18/09/2001
Forgiveness 05:17 18/09/2001
Sexual Revolution 04:45 18/09/2001
Oblivion 02:49 18/09/2001
Boo 04:25 18/09/2001
Freak Like Me 03:38 18/09/2001
Relating to a Psychopath 04:48 18/09/2001
My Nutmeg Phantasy 04:55 18/09/2001
Don't Come Around 04:37 18/09/2001
Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You 04:45 18/09/2001
Harry 03:10 18/09/2001
Shed 04:17 18/09/2001
Sweet Baby 03:49 18/09/2001
Blowin' Up Your Speakers 01:08 18/09/2001
I Can't Wait to Meetchu 05:18 27/07/1999
Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak 03:57 27/07/1999
I Try 03:59 27/07/1999
Caligula 04:38 27/07/1999
Do Something 04:57 27/07/1999
The Letter 05:38 27/07/1999
Why Didn't You Call Me 03:14 27/07/1999
A Moment to Myself 04:00 27/07/1999
I've Committed Murder 04:59 27/07/1999
Still 04:15 27/07/1999
Rather Hazy 03:10 1999

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