Macy exploded onto the music scene with her incredibly successful debut album, On How Life Is. Her single I Try landed her a Grammy in 1999 for Best New Artist and the album went on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide. In her second album, The Id, Macy was immensely successful with such eclectic songs as Psychopath, Sexual Revolution, and Sweet Baby. She traveled extensively throughout the world performing in various countries such as Israel, Australia, and Europe where she is extremely popular, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Holland.
In July 2003, Macy Gray released her highly anticipated third album, The Trouble with Being Myself. The album demonstrated Macy exploring a more intimate side of herself, revealing just how textured and unique she can be. Music critics universally hailed the album as her best yet. Her album's reviews are spectacular with high praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. Her two singles, When I See You and She Ain't Right for You, received considerable play on radio and television.
Macy is currently in the studio finishing off her latest album BIG which will be released in Fall 2005. The album is being produced by will.i.am (from the Black Eyed Peas) and features collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Sleepy Brown, Linda Perry and Natalie Cole.
When not working on her own albums, Macy continues to collaborate with many artists such as Carlos Santana, contributing a song on his latest album, The Essential Santana. Macy's pleasing sound has also recently graced such soundtracks as Mona Lisa Smile and Eminem's critically acclaimed blockbuster 8 Mile in which she was the only female artist featured. She also recorded a song for the Academy Award winning film, Chicago along with Queen Latifah and Lil Kim.
Macy has also managed to find time to spread her acting wings as well. She most recently appeared in the HBO television movie Lackawanna Blues which just received seven Emmy Award nominations. She has also appeared in the ABC television drama, MDs where she played a talented singer who was diagnosed with a career damaging disease in her throat. Many television critics applauded her sensitive portrayal of this character. In January 2004, Macy appeared in NBC's hit show American Dreams in a guest-starring role as the legendary Carla Thomas.
With roles in Warner Bros. Training Day starring Denzel Washington and a cameo in the blockbuster hit Spider Man, Macy's film career is taking off. She has also appeared in Scary Movie 3, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and in Jackie Chan's remake of Around the World in 80 Days. She will also be seen in Shadowboxer opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and in Speakerboxx, the musical also featuring Outkast. Macy is currently developing her own animated cartoon with Warner Bros., which will be based on her own childhood. She will lend her unique voice as the central character in this cartoon.
In addition to her acting and music career, Macy has proliferated into the world of fashion. The Natalie Hinds Collection by Macy Gray delivers beautiful clothes designed in the spirit of the world's most beautiful places. Like Macy, this brand new clothing line is bold and exquisite, with enough attitude to stand out from the crowd.
Macy is also working on opening her own music school, The M. Gray Music Academy, in NoHo Arts District (North Hollywood, CA) in September 2005.
Macy Gray currently lives in Los Angeles with her three children.
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Macy Gray Facts
|September 9, 1970 (53)
|Canton, Ohio, USA
|5' 10½" (1m79) How tall is Macy Gray compared to you?