Macy Gray Talks Black History Month, New Music & More

A private, star-studded event set in the Hollywood Hills around Oscar weekend was the perfect stage for R&B legend Macy Gray to perform some of her latest songs from her new album, Ruby. The invite-only ChefDance Dinner Series event at the C.E. Toberman Estate saw artists such as Bryan Callen, Joon Park, and Mimi Kim, converge for the celebratory and artistically enriching occasion.

Chef Luigi Fineo of Ocean Park’s LUIGI al TEATRO provided the evening’s cuisine in the form of jumbo lamb crab cakes and spicy tuna, amongst other delicacies. The ChefDance event was sponsored by Patron and Proud Source Water.

After releasing her 1999 global R&B hit “I Try”, twenty years later Macy Gray is still creating stories through her soothing voice. One of our affiliates, NogossipLA recently caught up with Macy and asked her a few questions about her work:

NoGossipLA: What’s the inspiration for your latest album, Ruby?

Macy Gray: I love the gem, ruby. I wanted a very classic and historic album and name of album. So Ruby it was.

NoGossipLA: Considering it’s Black History Month, how does it feel knowing you are making history and opening doors for other African-American artists?

Macy Gray: I just hope I can make people continue to smile, and feel like they can reflect through my art. I hope I can contribute more artistically as a human and understand that I am authentic. Authenticity is key.

The authentic ChefDance events are providing artists in the LA community to meet, mingle and showcase great storytellers that are creating fresh and amazing work. We look forward to covering the next ChefDance event.