(born Natalie Renée McIntyre
; September 6, 1969) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and actress, known for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis.Gray has released six studio albums, and received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. She has appeared in a number of films, including Training Day
, Scary Movie 3
, Lackawanna Blues
and For Colored Girls
. Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try", taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is
.Awards and nominationsGray won five of seventeen nominations, including Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and BRIT Awards.