Let’s talk about “a sista from another; who is exactly like no other.” This chic has recorded seven studio albums and appeared in over twenty-nine films. I am talking about a living legend that goes by the stage name of Macy Gray.
Did you know? Macy Gray kicked out the celebration of her 14th anniversary for the album “On How Life Is” with a tour that started on May 21 in Baltimore, Maryland and everything was a funky festive one-stop shop that included Pop, Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Gospel and a little bit of Rock & Roll vibes.
The Baltimore show was a full house you should know that means packed crowd with state-of-the-art lighting and sound at Rams Head Center Stage located in the heart of one of the largest gaming floors in the country called Maryland Live!
Macy Gray entered Rams Head Center Stage wearing a red sequin coat dress with a fluffy long red scarf across her neck draped almost to the stage floor. Yes, she was sporting that natural Afro that sets her apart from the rest. She was dolled up ladies and gentlemen in ‘Afrocentric Goddess’ mode. The whole show consisted of her singing all the songs from the “On How Life Is” album plus extras.
The first musical set began with the cover “Git Up, Get Out;” which many remember originally sung by the Atlanta based rap duo OutKast. This song pumped the crowd. The song actually had the entire audience stand in anticipation and glee. Although, all of Macy Gray’s musical performances for that night were amazing. It was something about her performance of the song “I’ve Committed Murder” that had her fans eating out the palm of her hand; I mean ranting & raving positively amongst themselves after the show.
One of those you had to be there moments included: One hour into the show, after the first set, Macy Gray left the stage and wished the audience a safe journey home. As a result, many fans thought the show was over. I knew there was more to come, because she had not sung “I Try,” the song that earned her a Grammy award in 2001 for ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.’
After ten minutes of the audience chanting ‘Macy, Macy;’ the ‘Afrocentric Goddess’ was back dressed in a form fitting sleeveless black and brown mixed-print long dress with a fluffy black and brown scarf draped around her neck almost barely touching the stage floor. The crowd was so electrified, that they all took to the pit of the stage and stood there throughout the duration of the show.
You should know this audience was treated to an original love ballet. The chorus hook for that song goes as such: “It’s the first time for me.” Macy stated this song was on her new album coming out in October 2013. The fans enjoy the new song. I loved this new song too, it showed a smooth sensual side of Macy Gray.
Talk about a funky good time! Macy Gray is truly a great entertainer that sings and acts; believe it or not she is also quite a comedian on stage. She had the audience laughing out loud several times from her humorous jokes and left the stage with the parting words, “be good to yourself.”
You should know Macy Gray’s 14th anniversary for the album “On How Life Is Tour” will continue in three more cities to include intimate concerts in Virginia, New York and Chicago. Go catch a show of “the sista from another; who is exactly like no other’ known as Macy Gray. Not so fast, ladies and gentlemen. Not so fast, ladies and gentlemen. Check out the Q&A below from my live interview with the one and only Macy Gray.
TD: I know the “On How Life Is” album contributed to your first Grammy win? How did winning that Grammy define or change your life?
MG: Winning a Grammy definitely puts you more under the radar whereas, people pay attention to everything you do and say.
TD: Is it true that you were inspired by Billie Holiday and Bette Davis? If so, what’s your favorite Bette Davis song?
MG: I would say more the likes of Nina Simone as well. I was just not inspired by Jazz & R&B. I have great appreciation for Rock & Roll, as well as all genres of music.
TD: I know you worked with musical artists like Eryah Badu, will.i.am and Steven Tyler. What artist do you see yourself collaborating with in the future?
MG: I haven’t really thought about it. I probably need time to think about that.
TD: Is there more acting in your future?
MG: Yes, I am reading movie scripts right now but, movies depend alot on timing. I love making movies!
TD: What music are you listening to right now?
MG: There are a lot of cool artists out there. I am currently listening to Kendrick Lamar.
TD: How do you feel about social media? Are you into Twitter, Facebook and Instagram?
MG: I do it for a minute, for promotional purposes. It’s cool in the since it gives you the opportunity to connect with fans. You get to monitor what people are saying about you.
TD: You once said, “Art is the best opportunity to tell your truth.” What truth does your music tell?
MG: Music tells where your heart is. Music tells where your mind is. The truth about yourself is revealed in your music.
TD: How are your International fans different from your America fans?
MG: I am more popular overseas places like Brazil have sell-out shows of over 5000 fans or more. I may get about 500 fans at shows in the states.
TD: You are a living legend, what do you want your fans to remember when they think about
MG: I am the sexiest goddess b*tch that ever lived.