NEW YORK (Billboard) – Macy Gray’s brief career on Epic Records will be revisited on Sept. 7 when the label releases “The Very Best of Macy Gray,” culling material from the eclectic vocalist’s three albums.
Also included is a new single, “Love Is Gonna Get Ya,” previously featured in the short-lived NBC series “Miss Match” starring Alicia Silverstone.
The set kicks off with Gray’s breakthrough 1999 single “I Try,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and also won a Grammy. It is drawn from her debut album “On How Life Is,” which peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has moved more than 3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Other highlights include “Sweet Baby” featuring Erykah Badu, from 2001’s “The Id,” and “It Ain’t the Money” featuring Pharoahe Monch, from 2003’s “The Trouble With Being Myself.” Neither of those albums spent much time on the charts, selling 599,000 copies and 127,000 copies, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A host of oddities round out the set, including the Fatboy Slim collaboration “Demons” and Fatboy’s remix of Gray’s “Sexual Revolution.” Gang Starr has also remixed “I’ve Committed Murder,” which originally appeared on “On How Life Is.”
Gray just wrapped a run of dates in Brazil. She will return to the concert stage Sept. 2 in San Diego and Sept. 4 in Long Beach, Calif. An Epic spokesman confirmed Gray has left the label, but did not have additional information.