How much is Macy Gray worth?
|Net Worth:||$23 Million|
|Date of Birth:||September 6, 1967|
|Country:||United States of America|
“I love music. I like doing movies, but I don’t have the attention span to stay on the set. After four or five days I’m ready to go on to something else.” — Macy Gray
Who Is Macy Gray
Macy Gray grew up as Natalie McIntyre, a shy, awkward girl who was frequently teased about her odd-sounding voice. While growing up, she said, she studied classical piano but also was a fan of ’60s and ’70s Soul artists like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, as well as old-school hip-hop. As a teenager, she was exposed to rock & roll as well while staying at a boarding school. She later moved to Los Angeles to enroll in the screenwriting program at the University of Southern California, where she began to write song lyrics for a musician friend.
Birth Name: Natalie McIntyre. Born: Sept. 6, 1967 in Canton, Ohio.
Macy’s singing career began almost by accident. A singer who was slated to record some of her song lyrics during a demo session never showed up and Gray wound up singing on the recordings herself, but under the name of an elderly former neighbor in Canton, Ohio – a neighbor named Macy Gray. 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 enough attention that she was offered a job singing jazz and pop standards with a band that performed in hotels around Los Angeles.
Rise to Stardom
Eventually, Macy was signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-1990s and recorded an album that was never released. She bounced back and accepted a publishing deal with the Zomba label, which in turn helped her get a new record deal in April 1998, this time with Epic Records. She spent the next year recording her official debut album, On How Life Is, which was released in the summer of 1999. The album was a commercial and critical hit thanks to the single “I Try,” and Macy won a Grammy for the song. None of her subsequent albums have been as successful, but as of 2010, she was stillactive in the recording industry.
Macy Gray has long needed to be reigned in. Her quirky ways and unusual voice made her a successful novelty act when her debut album, On How Life Is, was released in 1999, but she slowly began her wear out her welcome on the music scene, beginning with her second album, 2001’s The Id. Now on her fourth studio album, Big, Macy finds herself under the guidance of hitmaker will.i.am and others who harness and refine her distinctive raspy voice. The results are mixed: her sound’s been updated, but on a few Big songs, her wacky personality is so diluted that she sounds like a run-of-the-mill, average pop singer.
If there’s one thing you can count on with each Macy Gray album, it’s that somebody’s probably going to get killed. Not literally, of course. But on each of her four studio albums, Macy sings about killing someone; it’s been a tradition dating back to the song “I’ve Committed Murder,” from her debut album and continuing with each studio album since.
Such songs epitomizes the quirky, off-kilter nature of the singer and distinguishes her from her musical peers. This time the murder song is “Strange Behavior,” where Macy tells the story of how she and her husband each want to kill one another for the insurance money. It’s one of the album’s highlights, of which there aren’t a lot of.
Part of the album’s problem is that its producers try to remake Macy into a standard adult pop/R&B; singer, which she isn’t. Her attempts at singing over standard R&B; music mostly fail; it’s the more musically jagged songs, like “Treat Me Like Your Money,” (which features will.i.am, who’s also the album’s executive producer); the funky, rock guitar-driven “Get Out” (featuring and produced by Justin Timberlake); and the hip-hop posturing of “Ghetto Love” (which samples a James Brown beat) where Macy is really in her element vocally.
Of the 12 songs on the album, only half and worthy of repeat listening, while the other half sound like the vocal equivalent ramming a square peg in a round hole. So, despite guest performances by many notable artists and better than average song production, Big comes up short half the time when it comes to quality material.
Macy graduated from the University of Southern California in 1990.
She has three children: Aanisah (born in January 1994), Tahmel (born in 1994), and Cassius (born 1997).
She is also an actress and has appeared in numerous high-profile films, including Idlewild 2006; Spider-Man (2002); and Training Day (2001).