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Date of Birth : Sep 6th 1967

To date, Gray has released four studio albums, one compilation album, and one live album—with her fourth studio album, Big, released in March 2007. “Coming Back to You”, her latest song, is featured on the soundtrack to the 2006 film Déjà Vu. She has appeared in a number of films including Training Day, Spider-Man, and Idlewild. Gray is best known for her international hit single “I Try”, taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.

After her birth in Canton, Ohio and attendance at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, also in Ohio, Gray decided to pursue a career in music. However, Gray’s initial success came as a surprise. She agreed to write songs for a friend of hers and a demo session was scheduled for the songs to be recorded, by another singer. When the vocalist failed to turn up to record the songs, Gray found herself recording them herself. The demo tape created a lot of attention and consequently landed Gray the opportunity to sing at jazz cafés in Los Angeles, California. Despite Gray’s dislike of her own voice, her vocals garnered lots of attention around the jazz scene, and Atlantic Records signed her to their label. Months later, Gray gave her demo album to Atlantic much to her dismay, due to the record label being dissatisfied with her efforts. Also going through the break-up of her marriage and expecting her third child, Gray retreated back to Canton. During this time, Gray’s demo tape was still doing the rounds, and in 1998 she landed a record deal with Epic Records.

During the whole of 1998, Gray continued to work on her debut album. Released in the summer of 1999, On How Life Is became a worldwide smash. Despite the first single “Do Something” stalling on the charts, it was by word of mouth and the release of the second single “I Try” that the album really became a success for Gray. “I Try” was one of the biggest singles of 1999, and subsequent singles “Still” and “Why Didn’t You Call Me” ensured the album becoming triple platinum in the U.S., quadruple platinum in the UK, and triple platinum in Canada.


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