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Here’s The Real Reason Why We Don’t Hear From Macy Gray Anymore

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Macy Gray’s raspy voice was all but a thing back in 1999. The Grammy-winner heated up the charts with hits such as “I Try” and “Why Didn’t You Call Me” and even made a cameo in the very first Spider-Man (2002) movie, but for some reason, suddenly, she couldn’t be seen or heard. If you tried to say goodbye to Gray and choked on your nostalgia, we have good news: we can explain why you don’t hear much her anymore.

1. Her albums flopped

Despite her rise to fame back in her 1999 album, On How Life Is, and huge success in the U.K. with her follow-up, The Id, Gray’s third album, The Trouble with Being Myself, was a major flop. Gray later released a live album, (a cover album) and 2007’s Big, which even featured collaborations with music stars such as Justin Timberlake, Fergie and Natalie Cole, but despite that project’s ambitious production, Gray couldn’t match her earlier success.

2. She became a laughing stock

The Wayans Brothers didn’t please Gray when they decided to parody her “I Try” video at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. Gray was so upset by the comic relief that when she took the stage during the award show, she refused to read what was written on the teleprompter. “Now that everybody’s seen my b**h, I don’t think I need to say anything else,” she remarked.

3. Apparently no one wanted to work with her

Gray had a lot of star power to back her up back in her 2007 album, Big. However an ambitious project, she told The Telegraph that the artists she contacted about collaborating: “They didn’t call me back.”

4. She changed her name lots of times but didn’t appeal to the audience

Although Gray’s look and sound was a big thing back in 1999, her image failed to appeal to the audiences of the 2000s, so the musician decided it was time for a career revamp. Around 2008, she rebranded herself as “Nemesis Jaxson” and dropped the single “Slap A B**ch.” In her own words, Jaxson is a “hot” and “sexy” alter ego, “a Cleopatra Jones type.” Although it was a brave move, the audience didn’t seem to catch on.


5. She tried acting to give herself a career boost, but still didn’t work

With her music career still in the box, Gray focused on taking roles on Hollywood to boost her popularity. Despite notable appearances in movies such as Domino (2005), For Colored Girls (2010), and The Paperboy (2012), Gray was set to land a major starring role, but didn’t come to that point as well too…

6. She also tried Dancing with the Stars (she did pretty well)

The hit reality TV dancing competition Dancing with the Stars often cast former or fading celebrities in need of a serious publicity. Gray made it in the show in 2009, but despite a cool performance of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” she was eliminated in the first round.

7. She became addicted and out of control

Gray eventually admitted that her drug use was part of the problem. “I’d been doing a lot of indulging in excess of everything and it started catching up with me,” she told The Telegraph in an interview. On an episode of Oprah’s Where Are They Now?, Gray called herself a “massive a**hole.”

8. She’s struggling to find her musical identity

Gray admitted that her crisis was more of   “a mid-career identity crisis.” She told The Telegraph in an interview, “A lot of people were in my ear telling me: this is cool and this is not cool. They didn’t know what they were talking about, though.”

 9. How she got up again

Gray is set to conquer again and make hits.  Her 2016 album, Stripped, branches off into jazz for the first time while also featuring a new version of her hit song “I Try” as well as covers of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Her newest project was critically acclaimed and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard jazz charts, so the door is definitely open for her once again. 🌈

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