Macy Gray

Musician, Singer, Actor
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Macy Gray visited the top of the charts on several occasions, but found steadier success contributing to film and television soundtracks and taking the occasional supporting film ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1967 in Canton, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Cardboard Boxer 2014 (Movie)

Den Mother (Actor)

November Rule 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Percentage 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grim Sleeper 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paperboy 2012 (Movie)

Anita Chester (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Black to the Future 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Duets 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Karaoke Superstars 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Idlewild 2006 (Movie)

Taffy (Actor)

Shadowboxer 2006 (Movie)

Neisha (Actor)

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Lashindra Davis (Actor)

Missing 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Sleeping French Woman (Actor)

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lightning in a Bottle 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Music 101: The Green Room 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Gayer 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Presents the '80s 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Across America 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

The Sandman's Wife (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grammy Countdown 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Empire (Tv Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor
Music (46)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 (Movie)

("Beauty In The World") (Song Performer)

A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 (Movie)

("Beauty In The World") (Song)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

("Family") (Song Performer)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

("Family") (Song)

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

("Stand Up") (Song Performer)

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

("Stand Up") (Song)

Killers 2010 (Movie)

("Beauty In The World") (Song Performer)

Killers 2010 (Movie)

("Beauty In The World") (Song)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 (Movie)

("I Try") (Song)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 (Movie)

("I Try") (Song Performer)

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

"Don't Forget Me" (Song Performer)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

("I Try") (Song Performer)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

("I Try") (Song)

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

("Ghetto Love") (Song Performer)

Deja Vu 2006 (Movie)

Featured Vocalist (Vocals)

Deja Vu 2006 (Movie)

("Coming Back To You") (Song Performer)

Deja Vu 2006 (Movie)

("Coming Back To You") (Song)

Emily's Reasons Why Not 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Music

Idlewild 2006 (Movie)

("Greatest Show On Earth") (Song Performer)

Step Up 2006 (Movie)

("Love Life") (Song Performer)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

(Real) (Song Performer)

First Daughter 2004 (Movie)

("You 'N Mego") (Song Performer)

As Told By Ginger 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

("Amore (Sexo)") (Song Performer)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

("Amore (Sexo)") (Song)

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

("Relating To A Psychopath") (Song Performer)

Macarthur Park 2003 (Movie)

("MacArthur Park") (Song Performer)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("Santa Baby") (Song Performer)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("I Want To Be Your Mother's Son-In-Law") (Song Performer)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

("My Nutmeg Phantasy") (Song Performer)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

("My Nutmeg Phantasy") (Song)

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

("Can't Wait to Meetchu") (Song Performer)

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

("Love & War") (Song Performer)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

("I Can't Wait to Meetchu") (Song Performer)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

("Sweet Baby") (Song Performer)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

("I Try") (Song Performer)

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

("I Try") (Song Performer)

As Told By Ginger: Far From Home (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Cadet Kelly (TV Show)

Song

Twas the Night (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Macy Gray visited the top of the charts on several occasions, but found steadier success contributing to film and television soundtracks and taking the occasional supporting film role. Born on Sept. 6, 1967 as Natalie McIntyre, Gray was raised in Canton, OH but headed out for Los Angeles right after high school to pursue her love of writing at the University of Southern California. She began writing songs and eventually warmed to the idea of showcasing her distinctive, smoky voice at jazz clubs and coffeehouses around town. In 1999, Epic Records released Gray's debut album, On How Life Is, and the jazzy, feel-good stylings of the single "I Try" earned Gray a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her flamboyant fashion sense and six-foot stage presence seemed a natural fit for a screen career, so the following year, Gray was cast in a small supporting role in the police drama "Training Day" (2000) starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Gray's second album The Id was released in the fall of 2001 on the unfortunate heels of a highly publicized massacre of a pre-football game National Anthem that fueled Gray's growing reputation as "out there." While Gray dipped in the charts, her vocal style proved a good match for film and TV projects. She was tapped to sing the theme song of Nickelodeon's animated 'tween series, "As Told By Ginger" (2000-03), and recorded songs for the soundtracks of "Baby Boy" (2001), "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002) and "Spider-Man" (2002), in which she also had a cameo as herself.

Relationships

Nehlia

Sister

Nathon

Brother

Tracey Hinds Assistant Director

Husband
Married 1996 Divorced 1998

Aanisah Hinds

Daughter
Born January 1994; father, Tracy Hinds

Cassius Hinds

Son
Born 1997; father, Tracy Hinds

Tahmel Hinds

Son
Born December 1995; father, Tracy Hinds

Otis Jones

Father
Left family when Macy was a baby

Laura McIntyre

Mother
Married Richard McIntyre when Macy was five; he adopted Macy

Richard McIntyre

Step-Father
Adopted Macy after marrying her mother Laura

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

1988
Never graduated

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"

2010

Acted in "For Colored Girls," a feature adaptation of Ntozake Shange's play written and directed by Tyler Perry

2010

Released fifth studio album The Sellout

2009

Joined ninth season of ABC's reality series "Dancing with the Stars" as a competitor

2007

Released fourth studio album Big; the single "What I Gotta Do" featured on the "Shrek the Third" soundtrack

2006

Joined the ensemble feature "Idlewild," a musical set in the 1930s

2006

Appeared in Lee Daniels' indie film "Shadowboxer"

2005

Co-starred in Tony Scott's "Domino" with Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke

2003

Cast as Pauline in HBO's original movie "Lackawanna Blues"

2003

Released third album The Trouble With Being Myself

2002

Appeared as herself in the blockbuster film "Spider-Man"

2001

Released sophmore album The Id, featuring guest appearances by Erykah Badu and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante

2000

Made screen acting debut in the Denzel Washington police drama "Training Day"

2000

Contributed two vocal tracks to Fatboy Slim's Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars album; also sang "The World Is Yours," a duet with rap legend Slick Rick for the "Rush Hour 2" soundtrack

1999

Released breakthrough debut album On How Life Is; received two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal

1998

Returned to Los Angeles to accept a publishing deal with Zomba; this in turn helped lead to a new record contract with Epic Records

Signed with Atlantic Records, who declined to release the album she recorded for them; Gray returned to Canton

Organized an after-hours club called the We Ours, which took place in a small coffeehouse; Gray and her jazz group performed there regularly

Moved to Los Angeles, CA to enroll in USC's screenwriting program

Began singing jazz and pop standards with a band that performed in Los Angeles hotels

Bonus Trivia

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Born Natalie Renee McIntyre, "Macy Gray" was actually the name of a male family friend.

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She was named VH1 and Vogue's Most Fashionable Female Artist in 2000.

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