Macy Gray (born Natalie Renee McIntyre; September 6, 1967), also credited as Natalie Hinds in her music, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, famed for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis.
To date, Gray has released five studio albums, one compilation album, and one live album, with her fifth studio album, The Sellout, released on June 22, 2010; and has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. She has appeared in a number of films including Training Day, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Lackawanna Blues and Idlewild. Gray is best known for her international hit single “I Try“, taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.
It was announced on August 17, 2009 that she would compete on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars. She was the second contestant eliminated with a total score of 15 from the judges.