Stripped

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  1. Annabelle
  2. Sweet Baby
  3. I Try
  4. Slowly
  5. She Ain’t Right For You
  6. First Time
  7. Nothing Else Matters
  8. Redemption Song
  9. The Heart
  10. Lucy

"She’s insanely underrated as a songwriter, a wordsmith whose wordplay is clever, often drolly dark, and full of both biting wit and irony-free vulnerability." - Crave

"Macy Gray's sultry, raspy croon is a totally unique instrument unto itself. Even 15 years after most first heard it on her iconic single "I Try," there's still no voice quite like it." - Chris Riotta, Mic

"The iconic R&B singer sounds just as sultry as ever." - Estelle Tang, Elle Magazine

“Macy Gray has one of those distinctive voices that you immediately recognize.” - x102.3

"The song (Annabelle) saunters in with some seductive guitar licks and showcases Gray's signature rasp as she croons the titular name." - Eric King, Billboard Magazine

"This record showcases Macy Gray in what might be her bona fide persona. Gray is a throwback to the early days when jazz singers were not pretentious, but had to rely on their innate talent to carry the tune with raw emotion and sensual grace. Let's hope Chesky and Gray hook up again for an encore performance. " - James Nadal, All About Jazz

“You know that voice, that Soulful sound, and now she is stretching into the Jazz World with guest musicians like Wallace Roney & Russell Malone and covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" plus showing off her songwriting skills with her own original tunes - She does it all with her familiar ease and sultriness…” - Candy Pennetta, KVNF

"The reimagined version of her Grammy-winning song "I Try" stating "the new version feels totally effortless, yet just as influenced by love's spell as the original." - Outword Magazine

"Gray's recognizable rasp shines" - Dee Lockett, Vulture

"She sings with an aching sensitivity on the album's other cover — Bob Marley's Redemption Song" - Blabbermouth

"It [Nothing Else Matters] definitely works as a fine example of how a good melody and a strong hook are basically unfuckwithable regardless of the genre into which they’re placed. Even if you hate Macy Gray and/or jazz music, I recommend giving it a shot." - Axl Rosenberg, MetalSucks

"Macy Gray’s Jazzy Cover Of Metallica’s "Nothing Else Matters" Is Strangely Great" - Greg Kennelty, Metal Injection

"All of this is led by Gray’s distinctively sweet, dusky vocal as she recasts, revisits and creates on this project." - Quentin Harrison, BlogCritics

“Pretty cool, if you ask me” - Alan Cross, A Journal of Musical Things

"Her version of “nothing Else Matters” sits as comfortably in a late night jazz club as it does in the metal stadiums" - Kyle Meredith, WFPK

"Sounding beautiful in the surroundings, you can hear the clicks on the bass strings, and the brushes on the side drum as it shuffles and dances sedately onwards. Over the top is ‘that’ voice, which was always (at least on the evidence of this) destined to be comfortable and (probably more importantly) authentic within Jazz. It’s so authentic, you can almost smell the tobacco stained late night club. Brilliant stuff." - Jim, Backseat Mafia

"A gorgeous jazzy retake of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters." - KDGE

"She managed to somehow change the slow and slightly overwrought but very emotionally connective power of the original and transform it into a smoky lounge song that emphasized the longing at the song’s heart." - Morgan Evans, Metal Riot

"Now you can play Metallica at all occasions without anyone batting an eye at you." - Brian Storm, Rock Feed

“Annabelle” has a very bluesy feel to it compliments to the production of the overall track and the electric guitar at the intro of the song. It’s so authentic, you would have thought B.B. King was playing!" - DC Rhythm Nation

"It's the closest she’s come to making a Billie Holiday album" - Scott Timberg, Salon

"Macy Gray Is Back and Better Than Ever" - Elias Leight, Vogue

"This album comes to life in a pair of headphones." - Allie Martin, Black Grooves

"Gray's patented purr-and-growl vocals thrive in the intimate setting and the well-chosen repertoire" - Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press

"The new Macy Gray album Stripped features great music, great artistry, and great sound quality. I've never heard Macy sound anywhere near this good." - Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile

“On Stripped, Macy Gray has reached a sophisticated, mature peak that ties her more closely to Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington” - Amoeba Music

“For all its emphasis on the past, Stripped sounds like a step forward.” - Allmusic

"It’s a departure from what we know her for ― a full-on jazz album, featuring a buoyant, snappy recording of “I Try.”" - Maddie Crum, Huffington Post

"A record that sounds great, in every sense. Feel the brushes gently supporting Macy Gray's voice is a pleasure for the ears, while the guitar is barely visible. Welcome back." - Rockol (Italy)

“Never before was her sound more present, never did her songs have a similar force and effect. And when she puts out "Lucy" at the end of the show, any resistance is futile.” - Sonic Soul Reviews

"It is a masterpiece, indeed." - Gina Loves Jazz

"Marks the great artist's return in the form of Jazz fusion." - MTV

"The bass-heavy version of her biggest hit "I Try" gives the track new life." - Exclaim!

"Stripped is an effervescent title, allowing Gray to strut her stuff." - Harris Fogel, Mac Edition Radio

One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable voices in music history is back in a way you've never heard before. Macy Gray makes her Chesky Records debut with her new Jazz infused album, Stripped. Paired with an awe inspiring jazz ensemble that includes Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, Russell Malone, and Wallace Roney, Macy's voice is given the space and freedom to truly shine. Featuring new original songs, intriguing covers, and stunning new arrangements of her classic hits like "I Try," there's something for everyone on this timeless recording.

Macy Gray was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to California for college. She began singing in her 20s and released her multi-platinum debut album, On How Life Is, in 1999, winning a Grammy for her single, “I Try.”

Gray also enjoys acting, and has had small roles on several TV shows as well as movies, including Training Day with Denzel Washington, and Shadowboxer with Cuba Gooding Junior. Additionally she made cameo appearances as herself in films like Spider-Man (2002) and television shows like Ally McBeal. In 2012, she appeared in the film The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. The film was released at the Cannes Film Festival. Gray was also a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2009.

Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure cool music ever recorded.