The 41 year-old Macy Gray (born Natalie Renee McIntyre on September 6, 1967 in Canton, Ohio) from the States put on quite the high-energy show in the mountain resort of Tarvisio (located about 80 km north of Udine and right next to the border with Austria).
The scenario for Gray’s concert was rather picturesque, right in the town’s main square and in front of a church with a rather nice bell tower. The concert itself was part of Tarvisio’s “No Borders Music Festival” which in the past has also attracted the likes of Buddy Guy (SUPREME his performance with the Stones in Scorsese’s movie, “Shine A Light”!) and Salomon Burke, not to mention also Ms. Sinead “I-tear-the-pictures-of-popes-to-bits” O’Connor!
Gray was flanked by two ladies donning bright red dresses and blonde wigs (see pics), not to mention a funky five-piece back-up band. Gray herself had emerged out of a mix of Hip-Hop, Funky-Soul and R&B music and is famous for her raspy like-voice and a singing style which is reminiscent of Billie Holiday. To date, Gray has received five Grammy Award nominations and has actually won one award.
Her performance in Tarvisio was rather good and she managed to avoid the embarrassment of what happened to her in 2001 when she was booed off stage at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game after forgetting the words to the American national anthem! But in the midst of that controversy, Gray's The Id became a commercial stillborn, largely stalling on the U.S. charts, in spite of appearances by John Frusciante and Erykah Badu on the album's hit single "Sweet Baby".
In 2003, Gray released her third studio album, The Trouble with Being Myself, to rave reviews. The lead single "When I See You" became a radio hit in the U.S. and a top forty hit in the UK, although the album wasn't as well received by fans.
But the bad news for Gray didn’t end with the anthem episode. She began 2007 badly after being kicked off-stage at a concert in Barbados for profanity (which was part of the show), but she wasn't aware that it was against the law in that country. She gave a public apology that night to avoid arrest.