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Macy Gray

Real name: Natalie Renee McIntyre
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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To date, Gray has released four studio albums, one compilation album, and one live album—with her fourth studio album, Big, released in March 2007. "Coming Back to You", her latest song, is featured on the soundtrack to the 2006 film Déjà Vu. She has appeared in a number of films including Training Day, Spider-Man, and Idlewild. Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try", taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.

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 album managed to peak at number eleven on the Billboard 200. However, it peaked at 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 attributed to the fact that The Id was 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 (Sexo)", from his album Shaman. A cartoon based on Gray's childhood was being developed at one point, but it never came to fruition.

Gray began 2007 badly after being kicked offstage at a concert in Barbados for profanity (which was part of the show), but she wasn't aware that it was against the law in that country. She gave a public apology that night to avoid arrest.

On 7 July 2007, Gray performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. Gray and her band members wore clothes with politically-motivated messages. In her dress, it was written "Darfur Red Alert".

Gray was married to Tracy Hinds from 1996 to 1998, with whom she had three children: Aanisah (in January 1995), Tahmel (in December 1995), and Cassius (in 1997). She opened up a music academy called The Macy Gray Music Academy in 2005 and it was the scene of MTV's Punk'd because of black mold in the building. Gray has been highly praised for her work with the academy and has given underprivileged children and teenagers the chance to perform.

- Grammy Awards: "Best New Artist" and "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" ("Do Something")
- Soul Train Music Awards: "Best R&B/Soul Album - Female" (On How Life Is)

- Grammy Awards: "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" ("I Try")
- BRIT Awards: "International Breakthrough Act" and "International Female"
- MTV Video Music Awards: "Best New Artist" ("I Try") and "Best Cinematography" ("Do Something")

- MTV Video Music Awards: "Breakthrough Video" ("Geto Heaven Remix T.S.O.I. (The Sound of Illadelph)" — shared with Common) and "Best Hip-Hop Video" ("Request Line" — shared with The Black Eyed Peas)
- Billboard Music Video Awards: "Best Rap/Hip-Hop Clip of the Year" ("Request Line" — shared with The Black Eyed Peas); the video also received a nomination for Joseph Kahn for "Director of the Year"

Singles: "Do Something" · "I Try" · "Still" · "Why Didn't You Call Me" · "Sweet Baby" · "Sexual Revolution" · "When I See You" · "She Ain't Right for You" · "Love Is Gonna Get You" · "Finally Made Me Happy" · "Shoo Be Doo"


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