Photo: Giuliano Bekor / Courtesy Macy Gray

Grammy Winner Macy Gray Opens Up On Living in LA, Fame, and Her Favorite Country to Visit

Music + Nightlife
by Nickolaus Hines May 9, 2024

There are few artists that have reached the iconic level of success as Macy Gray. Since her rise in the late ‘90s with her album On How Life Is and the single “I Try” that still gets regular airtime, Gray’s name has resonated across generations.

Gray lives in Los Angeles, where she first moved to from Ohio, where she was raised, to pursue a screenwriting program at the University of Southern California. It’s a city she’s come to love as she’s traveled the world performing over the ensuing decades.

For the Matador Network podcast No Fixed Address: The World’s Most Extraordinary People, host Michael Motamedi and his producer and wife Vanessa Salas spent time with Gray in LA to talk life, celebrity, smoking weed with Snoop Dogg, what do see in LA, and why Spain is one of Gray’s favorite places.

The night took Gray, Motamedi, and Salas to the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, a neighborhood bar in Tarzana in California’s San Fernando Valley known for live music and an everybody-knows-everybody atmosphere. Back at Gray’s Los Angeles home, the three sat for a wide ranging interview.

Gray was a stand-out student in Ohio. At the time, her favorite show was Three’s Company, based around three friends in Santa Monica — especially the scenes highlighting the beach. “That’s why I wanted to go to California,” Gray says on the podcast. “So I only applied to schools in California.”

The LA area has held a special place in Gray’s life since. There are booths at the Beverly Hills standby Crustacean to comedy clubs like the Ha Ha Cafe and Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Even Skid Row, which Gray notes is a need-to-see place for a real perspective on the city.

Still, as a world-class musician, calling Gray well traveled is an understatement. Her favorite place to travel is Spain, a place she says “feels like home” where she can just feel comfortable.

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