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Macy Gray parlayed an utterly unique voice and an outlandish sense of style into R&B stardom at the turn of the millennium, appealing to audiences of all colors in search of a fresh alternative to mainstream soul. Gray was actually born Natalie McIntyre in Canton, OH, in 1970, and grew up a shy, awkward youngster who was frequently teased about her odd-sounding voice. She studied classical piano for seven years, but also soaked up the music of soul legends like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin, not to mention 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 screenwriting program, where one day she agreed to write lyrics for a musician 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 neighbor in Canton as her creative alias — wound up singing on the recordings herself, in spite of her distaste for her own voice. One of the songs was never overdubbed with another vocal, and when the tapes started making the rounds of the local music scene, Gray's raspy growl attracted a lot of attention, much to her surprise. She was offered a job singing jazz and pop standards with a band that performed in hotels around Los Angeles, and her continued work as a demo singer created a buzz around the unlikely diva.
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Macy Gray (born Natalie McIntyre, September 6, 1970) is an American neo-soul R&B singer from Canton, Ohio. Her career began after moving to Los Angeles in University of Southern California's screenwriting program, also penning lyrics for a friend's songs. At a demo session for which the singer didn't arrive, Gray sang and the recording became a surprise success. She began performing in hotels in the area; eventually forming an after-hours called the We Ours. Gray then signed to Atlantic Records, who refused to release the album she recorded. A publishing contract with Zomba followed, as a result of her demo tape, and Gray signed another deal, this time with Epic Records, in 1998. The resulting album was 1999's On How Life Is, which gained commercial success slowly, though critical acclaim was nearly unanimous and she was nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal). "I Try", the first single, became a big hit and had gone triple platinum in the U.S. by 2000. "I've Committed Murder" and "Why Don't You Call Me?" were minor hits there.

The next year, Gray won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal for "I Try", and was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. She then collaborated with Fatboy Slim (on Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars), Black Eyed Peas and Slick Rick ("The World Is Yours" from Rush Hour 2 soundtrack), as well as acting for the first time in Training Day. With her fame growing, Gray became known for a series of bizarre antics, including being booed in 2001 after forgetting the words to the American national anthem. In the midst of the controversy, Gray's The Id became a commercial failure, largely stalling on the U.S. charts, in spite of appearances by John Frusciante and Erykah Badu, though the single "Sweet Baby" hit #11 there. In 2002, she appeared in Spider-Man as herself and worked on Shaman, an album by Santana before releasing 2003's The Trouble With Being Myself.

On How Life Is (1999)
The Id (2001)
The Trouble Being Myself (2003)
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