I Try (1999) – Macy Gray

I’m a big fan of this song. What really impressed me apart from the awesome melody was her distinctive voice. It’s a truly unique and gifted voice. The video of the song below is excellent, and it seems to suggest Gray was dreaming / imagining the whole time from her hotel bed of seeing her love. It is Gray’s most successful single to date, peaking at number five in the United States and number one in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. It won the best female vocal performance at the 2001 Grammy awards.

I try to say goodbye and I choke
I try to walk away and I stumble
Though I try to hide it, it’s clear
My world crumbles when you are not near
Goodbye and I choke
I try to walk away and I stumble
Though I try to hide it, it’s clear
My world crumbles when you are not near

Natalie Renée McIntyre was born on September 6, 1967, and known by her stage name Macy Gray. She is known for her 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. She has appeared in a number of films, including Training Day and Spider-Man. In August 2001, Gray was booed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game after forgetting the lyrics to the American national anthem.

Gray received backlash over comments made during her 2022 appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored, which some audiences took as discriminatory towards transgender women. In the interview, Gray was asked how she would define a woman, to which she answered, “boobs and a vagina“. She went on to state that she did not support the inclusion of transgender women in women’s sports, adding that “Just because you go change your parts, doesn’t make you a woman“, although she pointed out that she would call someone what they would like to be called.

References:
1. I Try – Wikipedia
2. Macy Gray – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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6 comments on “I Try (1999) – Macy Gray
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I love her voice…I first heard it in the first Spiderman movie in 2001…that voice was so different.

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