The marvelous Macy Gray has performed to massive crowds at stadiums all around the world. Tonight she gifted her fans with two intimate dinner shows at the City Winery Atlanta. The set began on a funky note with ‘Relating to a Psychopath’ from Macy Gray’s second album The Id, Amazingly talented, ever quirky and enigmatic on stage Macy Gray puts on a show to remember. Tonight was no exception.
Macy Gray exploded onto the scene in 1999 with her raspy and soulful voice and etched a permanent space into my music library with “I Try.” The video for this song won the Best New Artist and Best Female Video awards at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. This song hit number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. I still smile when I watch this video and I would wager that you will smile (again) as you watch.
The heart of tonight’s show included music from Macy Gray’s 10th studio album, Ruby. On Ruby, Macy Gray, infused jazzy elements with soulful R&B. Front and center throughout the album is Macy Gray standing strong with her signature vocals. One of my favorites from Ruby is “Over You.” This song takes a twist of the phrase over you and turns it into a term of endearment.
Macy Gray closed out her show with the opening track from Ruby, “Buddha.” The strong gospel undertones of this song help solidify the uplifting message yet it’s tinged with some sadness as we must wrestle with our days being numbered.
If it’s what you feel, my advice is that you show it
So baby cry, if you hide, how will I know it?
And I pray every night that my dreams come true
Will I finally be happy if they do?
Hurry, hurry up, my days are numbered – “Buddha” Macy Gray
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