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Macy Gray: Ruby

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Despite selling 25 million records worldwide, Macy Gray classes herself an outsider. Asked about growing up in Canton, Ohio, she says: “I'm too tall, with a little head and big feet and this funny little voice. I didn't fit in and I still don't." Though, now in her forties, she seems to have reached an accommodation with life, love and show business. Of Ruby, her latest album, she says simply: “I hope it makes people happy."

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Macy Gray: Stripped

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It should come as no surprise that vocalist Macy Gray would make a jazz record. Renowned for her platinum trajectory in popular music, Gray always exhibited inherent jazz and blues inclinations in her vocal style and personal demeanor. Stripped is her debut on Chesky Records, recorded in a live setting with their singular binaural microphone technique, accompanied by a premier jazz ensemble. Gray is certainly no stranger to jazz, as she has recently collaborated with saxophonist David Murray ...