Those of us of a certain age remember when Macy Gray first rasped her way onto the scene. The 1999 release of her debut album, On How Life Is, together with its insidiously catchy single “I Try,” sparked a multi-award-winning career which has seen Gray sell over 15 million units. A somewhat unlikely pop star, Gray is known for her uncompromising attitude to music and life. As she describes herself on Twitter, “I want to be as famous as midnight as powerful as a gun as loved as a pizza.” She’s still hard at work creating memorable music, and wearing an olive green disco suit, cobalt scarf and glittery eyelashes that surely weigh a couple of pounds each, she has taken the TEDGlobal stage now to charm us in person.
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