- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 9, 2000

If there is one thing in artists I appreciate, aside from their musical talent, it's humility. That is one thing Macy Gray lacks.

The eccentric funk diva undoubtedly lived up to expectations as her beautiful voice echoed through DAR Constitution Hall's poor acoustics Monday night.

But in a show that ran just less than two hours, Miss Gray changed her clothes three times and disappeared from the stage another couple of times. Her portrait repeatedly flashed on each side of the set, and her security guards pestered fans who danced away from their seats.

Miss Gray, wearing a blood-red pantsuit with a French-cuff shirt complemented by reddish butterfly-shaped sunglasses, opened the show with "Do Something."

She kept the crowd on its feet, shaking her hips and waving her arms as she performed all the songs from her Grammy-nominated debut album, "On How Life Is."

She also joined opening band Black Eyed Peas and sang her renditions of older tunes.

Miss Gray addressed her fans several times throughout the show. At one point, she had the audience chant such words as "love" and "peace" as she launched into the catchy "Why Didn't You Call Me?" plus the hit single "Still" and one new song.

Miss Gray's tunes reflect her tastes in music from Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone to Al Green. The most mesmerizing thing about Miss Gray is her unique voice, alternating from girlishly giddy to mature and gravelly.

Her stage presence and style motivated the crowd and had them anticipating her big hit "I Try" a beautiful song about letting go of love relationships.

She performed the song near the end of the show, encouraging fans to sing most of it without her.

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