After an accidental entry into the music industry, she reached the mainstream in grand style with "I Try," a Top Five pop hit in Gray went on to build a sizeable and unpredictable discography that included gutsy original material and bold covers that paid tribute to Stevie Wonder , Nina Simone , and Metallica. By , she was revisiting career highlights with a jazz quartet, as documented on Stripped , but Ruby , issued two years later, affirmed that she wasn't content to live strictly in the past. Gray was born Natalie McIntyre in Canton, Ohio, and grew up a shy youngster frequently teased about her odd-sounding voice. She studied classical piano but also soaked up the music of soul legends like Stevie Wonder , Marvin Gaye , and Aretha Franklin , as well as old-school hip-hop. She moved to Los Angeles to enroll in USC's screenwriting program, where one day she agreed to write lyrics for a friend's original songs. A demo session was scheduled to get the songs on tape, and when the singer failed to show up, Gray -- having adopted the full name of an elderly Canton neighbor as her creative alias -- wound up singing on the recordings, in spite of her distaste for her own voice. One of the songs was never overdubbed with another vocalist, and when the tapes started making the rounds of the local music scene, Gray 's raspy growl attracted attention. She sang jazz and pop standards with a band that played in hotels around Los Angeles, continued work as a demo singer, and also performed at an after-hours club she organized. All the buzz led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
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She is known for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday. Gray has released ten studio albums, and received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. Gray is best known for her international hit single " I Try ", taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. In , Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to record an album produced with binaural sound. Stripped Chesky Records ,  marked the singer's first steps into the world of audiophile recordings.