Macy Gray to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘On How Life Is’ in Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is set to host the celebrated American R&B artist Macy Gray for the 25th anniversary of her debut album, “On How Life Is” at The Fortitude Music Hall.

Macy Gray, known for her unique raspy vocals and neo-soul style, will headline a series of concerts across Australia, including a special performance in Fortitude Valley. The event, presented by The Fortitude Music Hall and Showtune Productions, will open its doors at 7:00 p.m. on the 6th of July 2024. 

A Night to Remember

Gray’s performance in Brisbane is expected to be particularly memorable as it marks her fifth appearance in the city. She performed in Brisbane in 2000, 2012, 2015, and 2023. With The Fortitude Music Hall being one of Queensland’s premier music venues, the night promises to be an exceptional experience for fans.

This concert is part of an extensive Australian tour that includes stops in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Central Coast, Canberra, Wollongong, and Sydney throughout July.

Promoter David M. Hawkins shared insights into the tour’s creation, noting that Gray was enthusiastic about celebrating the anniversary of her groundbreaking album with a special show. “I suggested we make our third Australian tour together to celebrate her multi-platinum album ‘On How Life Is’ for its upcoming 25th anniversary, and do the entire album, live in a new show. She immediately jumped at the idea and our creative jam started,” Hawkins said.

Macy Gray
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Background on Macy Gray

Macy Gray, born Natalie McIntyre on September 6, 1967, in Canton, Ohio, is an acclaimed American R&B, soul, and neo-soul singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. Known for her distinctive raspy voice, Gray draws inspiration from legendary artists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Stevie Wonder, blending elements of jazz, soul, and R&B into her music.

Gray’s breakthrough came with her debut album, “On How Life Is,” released in 1999. The album was a commercial success, achieving triple-platinum status and featuring hit singles such as “Do Something,” “Still,” and the iconic “I Try.” The latter became a global sensation, earning Gray a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance in 2000. Since then, Gray has released ten studio albums, including “The Id” (2001), “Big” (2007), and “Ruby” (2018), showcasing her versatility and staying power in the music industry.

Macy Gray
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In addition to her musical career, Gray has ventured into acting, appearing in films like “Training Day” (2001) and “For Colored Girls” (2010). She is also known for her philanthropic efforts, particularly in support of children’s education and music programs.

Throughout her career, Macy Gray has remained a unique and influential figure in contemporary music, known for her heartfelt lyrics, soulful melodies, and powerful performances.

Gray’s debut album, “On How Life Is,” released in 1999, quickly became a triple-platinum success, catapulting her onto the global stage. The album features hit singles such as “Do Something,” “Still,” “Why Didn’t You Call Me,” and the iconic “I Try,” which landed at number one on the Australian singles chart. This album not only showcased Gray’s talent but also earned her a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance in 2000 and two BRIT Awards.

Macy Gray
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Published 1-July-2024