Photo: Irvin Rivera
Macy Gray is well-known across the globe. Standing out from other artists, with her signature raspy voice, Gray has never skipped a beat. Because of growing up in Ohio, despite all of her success, she still remains passionate and humble, with a big scoop of ambition and faith. She is so reputable that most could hear her voice and distinguish her from any other artist. As an actress, Gray’s roles have been equally memorable. Some of her songs holding sentimental value for so many, her presence in culture is the opposite of a fragment. Going on 20 whopping years in the music industry, Gray has no regrets.
I sat down with Macy on Zoom at 7PM on a Sunday.
Happy: So you have a very specific reputation as a very wild and free spirited and outgoing artist. Do you feel that the way your fans view you, is aligned with the person that you are in your personal life?
Macy: Well, I’m older now, so I wouldn’t call myself wild, that’s for sure. But I do know wild people my age, so that’s not an excuse. I don’t think I’m wild. No, but I think I’m free spirited and I can be outgoing when I want to be.
Happy: Since you got your record deal at 26, you’ve been a famous artist for more than half of your life. So do you ever get tired of Fame?
Macy: No. There’s nothing I’m really tired about. About what I do. I think that some things, because I’m used to them, they affect me differently. Like touring… Before, I was say, ‘yeah, let’s go. Let’s get on the bus.’ Now I say, ‘I need to make enough money so I can buy a jet because I’m tired of the bus.’ Stuff like that. But I’m only tired of the bus and going through airports. I really actually love touring. In a weird way, I like the stress of it. I like the challenges of it, still. I know people say that fame is this horrible thing, and it ruins and changes people. But it’s actually good. It’s actually a good thing if you let it be good to you.
Happy: That’s awesome. I feel like people that have been in the industry for as long as you don’t feel that way. So that’s very special that you do.