Macy Gray sang for love

Macy Gray has revealed she only started writing songs to impress a former boyfriend who was a jazz musician

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Macy Gray

Macy Gray

Macy Gray only became a singer because of an ex-boyfriend.

The 'I Try' hitmaker had no idea if she had any musical ability when she started writing songs, as she was only doing it to spend more time with her sweetheart.

She said: "I got started because of a crush. I had a boyfriend in college who was in a jazz band and had a little studio in his room. We started writing songs together; I didn't know if I had a good voice, I just wanted to hang around him."

The outspoken singer also revealed she thinks the music industry is prejudiced and claims people are keen to stereotype her because of her ethnicity.

She explained to The Guardian newspaper: "Is there prejudice in the music industry? Yes. If you're black and you don't do R&B or hip-hop, then you're going to have a very long haul - there's only one Lenny Kravitz, one Tracy Chapman. The last label I was on only sent my records out to urban radio stations, even though I was more of a pop artist. But the fans don't care who is singing. If you hear a great song, you don't care if it's by a 90-year-old green person."

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