MACY GRAY tried — and failed — to get the hottest producers to work on her new album. But she said getting dissed by today’s hitmakers actually made her CD better.

“My album would probably be real wack or something,” she stated, laughing.

After her last album 2007’s BIG made a short term impression and flopped, the singer wanted to work with trendy producers in hopes of duplicating the triple platinum success she had achieved with her 1999 debut.

“Oh, you name it, whoever was hot,” MACY answered when asked who she had called, though she wouldn’t be specific.

She said she reached out to those producers because “I thought, you know, maybe I don’t know what I’m doing. I started doubting myself.”

When her calls went unreturned, she cowrote each of the album’s tracks while collaborating with producers Jared Lee Gosselin, Phillip White and Chase N. Cashe, among others.

Then she decided to call the disc THE SELLOUT.

“Once you become successful, then all these people come in with all their opinions, telling you what you should do and what’s cool and what’s not…and who you should work with. And then suddenly your art isn’t just yours any more.”

“A lot of that can affect you as a person and as an artist…and so it’s just about how I had to keep my head above all that.”

The 42 year old singer, who won a GRAMMY in 2000 for her debut song, the raspy pop tune I TRY, said she’s learned that the record industry is completely ageist.

“For some reason the record industry thinks that only teenagers listen to music. People who are 30, 40, 50 need to be musically inspired and motivated too. The industry’s so geared to teenagers right now and writing something for the 20 year old. But there are millions and millions of people that want their issues and the things they’re thinking to be expressed.”

MACY thinks that SUSAN BOYLE’S success last year showed that a void is waiting to be filled.

“She had the monopoly on it because there was nothing else out there,” MACY said of the Scottish breakout singer, whose album has sold more than 3.7 million units in the United States.

MACY is the mother of three children, ages 12, 14 and 15. Her love for music is evident in all her kids, but her 14 year old son has especially caught the bug. He cowrote a song on her new CD called THAT MAN. He also wrote the music for the bonus track LOST, originally meant for his upcoming mixtape.

“I ended up talking him into letting me have it,” she commented with a laugh.

MACY is currently shooting Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. She claims that she’s nervous because of her costars, who include JANET JACKSON and WHOOPI GOLDBERG.

“You want to bring your A game. You don’t want to be the one in the movie that didn’t do good.”



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