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BIRTHDAY: September 9, 1970
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "I Try" (2000)
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BIGGEST LP: On How Life Is (1999)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1
button.gif (123 bytes) "You've got to express what is taboo in you and share your freak with the rest of us cause it's a beautiful thang." - Macy Gray, 2002

 
TIMELINE

Macy Graybutton.gif (123 bytes) Macy Gray was born September 9, 1970 in Canton, Ohio - growing up loving music and training classical piano for 7 years. Macy eventually landed in Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting and also began writing songs. A lucky break came when Macy had to substitute vocals for one of her songs when a scheduled singer was a no-show. The recording resulted in a request to sing jazz music with a local jazz band. By 1998, Macy had a contract with Epic Records.

1999...

June
Macy Gray - On How Life Isbutton.gif (123 bytes) Macy released her debut LP, On How Life Is.

2000... # 10 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) On How Life Is was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female ("Do Something").
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy won 2 Brit Awards for Best International Newcomer and Best International Female and her LP went Top 10 as her Grammy nomination exposure continued and her single "
I Try" hit the Top 40.
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female (
On How Life Is).
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On How Life Is was certified platinum.

March
Macy Gray - "I Try" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Macy won 2 Brit Awards for Best International Newcomer and Best International Female Solo Artist.
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Top 10 with "I Try."
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On How Life Is was certified 2x platinum.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy went in the studio with Fatboy Slim to help him out on his next LP.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy hit
#1 for 2 weeks with "I Try."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy won a L.A. Weekly Music Award for Best New Artist.

June
Macy Gray - "Why Didn't You Call Me" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Macy hit the Top 40 again with "Why Didn't You Call Me."
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy began touring with
Santana in July and August.
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was nominated for a VH1/Vogue Fashion Award for Most Fashionable Artist - Female.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was nominated for a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist ("Do Something").

September
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Top 10 with "Why Didn't You Call Me."
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy took home a
MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist ("I Try") and the video won for Best Cinematography (Jeff Cronenwett) ("Do Something") - her videos were also nominated for Best Female Video and ("I Try") and Best Art Direction (Nigel Phelps) ("Do Something").
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On How Life Is was certified 3x platinum.
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Why Didn't You Call Me" was nominated for a Billboard Music Video Award for Best Pop New Artist Clip of the Year.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy hit the Top 40 with "
Still" and won a VH1/Vogue Fashion Award for Most Fashionable Artist - Female.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy won a Billboard Music Video Award for Best Pop New Artist Clip of the Year ("
Why Didn't You Call Me").

2001... # 88 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was nominated for an
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy won a
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("I Try") and was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (with co-songwriters Jinsoo Lim, Jeremy Ruzumna & David Wilder). Macy also performed at the ceremony.

April
Black Eyed Peas featuring Macy Gray - "Request Line" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Macy hit the Top 40 with Black Eyed Peas with "Request Line" from their LP Bridging The Gap.
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female - New Artist.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was booed and heckled while performing the "Star Spangled Banner" in her home-state of Ohio before a football game. Macy was said to be stumbling over the words.
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy hit the Top 40 with "
Sweet Baby."

September
Macy Gray - The Idbutton.gif (123 bytes) Macy's video with Black Eyed Peas, "Request Line," was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video.
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy's next LP,
The Id, was released.
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The Id topped the UK Albums chart for a week.

October
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The Id was certified gold.
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The Concert For New York City benefit concert in New York City (later released as an LP) with proceeds going to 9/11 charities.

2002...

May
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Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood with "I Want To Be Your Mother's Son-In-Law."

June
Spiderman soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Macy had a cameo appearance in the film Spiderman and appeared on the soundtrack with "My Nutmeg Phantasy" (helped out by Angie Stone and Mos Def).

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy was featured on
Santana's LP, Shaman, on the track "Amoré (Sexo).".
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy appeared on the
8 Mile soundtrack with the track "Time Of My Life."

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy could be heard on the soundtrack for Chicago with the track "Cell Block Tango" (which also features Lil' Kim and Queen Latifah).

June
Macy Gray - The Trouble With Being Myselfbutton.gif (123 bytes) Macy released her next LP, The Trouble With Being Myself, with the first single "When I See You."

button.gif (123 bytes) Macy could be seen appearing in the films Scary Movie 3 and the UPN series Rock Me Baby.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy could be heard on the soundtrack for Mona Lisa Smile with "Santa Baby."

2004..

January
Macy Gray - The Very Best Of Macy Graybutton.gif (123 bytes) Macy appeared on and episode of the NBC series American Dreams.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy could be heard on the compilation LP
Unity - Athens 2004 Olympics with "Oh Yeah."

September
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A greatest hits collection, The Very Best Of Macy Gray was released.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 302 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy could be heard on the soundtrack for
Desperate Housewives with "Boom Boom."

2006...

August
Macy Gray - Bigbutton.gif (123 bytes) Macy could be seen in the film Idlewild.

2007..

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy released Big.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Macy could be heard on the
Shrek The Third soundtrack with "What I Gotta Do."

June
Macy Gray - 'The Sellout'button.gif (123 bytes) On July 7th, Macy performed at the Live Earth concert in Brazil. The 7-continent concert organized by Al Gore brought together over 100 artists to perform and raise the world's awareness about the climate crisis and how to make a difference to help the environment and the world.

2010...

June
Macy Gray - 'Covered'button.gif (123 bytes) Macy released The Sellout.

2012...

March
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Covered.

Macy Gray - 'Talking Book'button.gif (123 bytes) Macy released her tribute LP to Stevie Wonder: Talking Book.

2016...



LPs
Macy Gray - On How Life Is
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
On How Life Is
Released: July, 1999
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Why Didn't You Call Me" - "Do Something" - "Caligula" - "I Try" - "Sexomatic" - "I Can't Wait TO Meetchu" - "Still" - "I've Committed Murder" - "A Moment To Myself" - "The Letter"
Macy Gray - The Id The Id
Released: September, 2001
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 11
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Relating To A Psychopath" - "Boo" - "Sexual Revolution" - "Hey Young World II" (with Slick Rick) - "Sweet Baby" - "Harry" - "Gimme All Your Lovin' Or I Will Kill You" - "Don't Come Around" (with Sunshine Anderson) - "My Nutmeg Phantasy" (with Angie Stone & Mos Def) - "Freak Like Me" - "Oblivion" - "Forgiveness" - "Blowin' Up Your Speakers" - "Shed"
Macy Gray - The Trouble With Being Myself The Trouble With Being Myself
Released: July, 2003
Billboard peak: # 44
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "When I See You" - "It Ain't The Money" - "She Ain't Right For You" - "Things That Made Me Change" - "Come Together" - "She Don't Write Songs About You" - "Jesus For A Day" - "My Fondest Childhood Memories" - "Happiness" - "Speechless" - "Screamin'" - "Every Now And Then"
Macy Gray - The Very Best Of Macy Gray The Very Best Of Macy Gray
Released: September, 2004
Tracks: "I Try" - "Do Something" - "Still" - "Why Didn't You Call Me" - "I've Committed Murder" - "Sexual Revolution" - "Sweet Baby" - "Boo" - "When I See You" - "It Ain't The Money" - "She Ain't Right For You" - "Love Is Gonna Get You" - "Walk This Way" - "Demons" - "When I See You" (Bugz In The Attic Remix) - "I've Committed Murder" (Gang Starr Remix) - "Sexual Revolution" (Norman Cook Radio Version)
Macy Gray - Big Big
Released: March, 2007
Billboard peak: # 39
Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Finally Made Me Happy" - "Shoo Be Doo" - "What I Gotta Do" - "Okay" - "Glad You're Here" - "Ghetto Love" - "One For Me" - "Strange Behavior" - "Slowly" - "Get Out" - "Treat Me Like Your Money" - "Everybody"
Macy Gray - 'The Sellout' The Sellout
Released: June, 2010
Tracks: "The Sellout" - "Lately" - "Kissed It" (featuring Velvet Revolver) - "Still Hurts" (featuring Romika) - "Beauty In The World" - "Help Me" - "Let You Win" - "That Man" - "Stalker" - "Real Love" - "On & On" - "The Comeback"
Macy Gray - 'Covered'
iTunes
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Covered
Released: March, 2012
Tracks: "Here Comes The Rain Again" - "Creep" - "You Want Them Nervous" - "Smoke 2 Joints" - "La La La (Teaching The Kids)" - "Teenagers" - "Power Of Love" - "Nothing Else Matters" - "Sail" - "I Try Is Cool And All, But" - "Maps" - "Love Lockdown / Buck" - "Mel Rap" - "Bubbly" - "Wake Up" - "Really"
Macy Gray - 'Talking Book'
iTunes
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Talking Book
Released: October, 2012
Tracks: "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" - "Maybe Your Baby" - "You And I (We Can Conquer The World)" - "Tuesday Heartbreak" - "You've Got It Bad Girl" - "Superstition" - "Big Brother" - "Blame It On The Sun" - "Lookin' For Another Pure Love" - "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)"
Macy Gray - 'Stripped'
iTunes
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Stripped
Released: September 9, 2016
Tracks: "Annabelle" - "Sweet Baby" - "I Try" - "Slowly" - "She Ain't Right For You" - "First Time" - "Nothing Else Matters" - "Redemption Song" - "The Heart" - "Lucy"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 I Try

from the LP
On How Life Is
ARC chart run: 34 - 27 - 19 - 15 - 15 - 13 - 11 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 4 - 4 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 6 - 12 - 19 - 25 - 38 - off
1(2) 22 2000 Macy Gray - "I Try" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
2 Macy Gray - "Why Didn't You Call Me" (Single)Why Didn't You Call Me
On How Life Is
8 11 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Sweet Baby
The Id
13 9 2001 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 Request Line
[Black Eyed Peas featuring Macy Gray]

from the Black Eyed Peas LP
Bridging The Gap
ARC chart run: 37 - 32 - 28 - 24 - 23 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 142
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Hip-Hop Video
23 5 2001 Black Eyed Peas featuring Macy Gray - "Request Line" (Single)
iTunes
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5 Still
On How Life Is
36 3 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Do Something
On How Life Is
** ** 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Sexual Revolution
The Id
** ** 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  When I See You
The Trouble With Being Myself
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  She Ain't Right For You
The Trouble With Being Myself
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Shoo Be Doo (No Words)
Big
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  What I Gotta Do
Big
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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