Before Macy Gray was a Grammy Award-winning singer, she was a college student originally from Canton, Ohio, writing songs in a friend's dorm room "studio. After Gray's breakout song, "I Try," reached No. She won for best female pop vocal performance. The whirlwind of fame had quite an impact on the former small-town girl, as she recently told "Oprah: Where Are They Now? This adoration and newfound popularity went straight to the artist 's head. It was also a time when Gray began using drugs. All they did was smoke hash all day, and they knew where to get the good ecstasy. So, you start playing with stuff, and then, suddenly, it's like a crutch. Gray's late-night partying got so bad that it began taking its toll and spilling over into other aspects of her life, namely press interviews.
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She is known for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday. Gray has released ten studio albums, and received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try", taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. In , Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to record an album produced with binaural sound. Stripped Chesky Records, marked the singer's first steps into the world of audiophile recordings. Sign in or Register.
After an accidental entry into the music industry, she reached the mainstream in grand style with "I Try," a Top Five pop hit in Gray went on to build a sizeable and unpredictable discography that included gutsy original material and bold covers that paid tribute to Stevie Wonder , Nina Simone , and Metallica. By , she was revisiting career highlights with a jazz quartet, as documented on Stripped , but Ruby , issued two years later, affirmed that she wasn't content to live strictly in the past. Gray was born Natalie McIntyre in Canton, Ohio, and grew up a shy youngster frequently teased about her odd-sounding voice.