In Your Ear: Macy Gray The Grammy-Award winning songstress opens up her music file and talks about what she's listening to.

In Your Ear: Macy Gray

In Your Ear: Macy Gray

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The Grammy-Award winning songstress opens up her music file and talks about what she's listening to.

MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And now, it's time to find out what's playing In Your Ear.

We like being in the know on what music is hot enough to get your toes tapping and fingers snapping. We invite guests from all over to tell us what's up. Today, we caught up with someone who not only listens to music, but makes it as well.

Here's a hint: she's a Grammy Award-winner with a distinctive voice.

Ms. MACY GRAY (Singer): This is Macy Gray. I really like that girl - that new girl, Lilly Allen. I'm a huge John Legend fan. I love Damian Marley's album.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. DAMIAN MARLEY (Reggae Musician): (Singing) Out in the streets, they call it (unintelligible).

Ms. GRAY: I love, you know - any Stevie Wonder record makes me feel good, and, you know, they just kind of take you out of wherever you're at because they're such, you know, great albums, you know. "That Girl" - I love "That Girl."

(Singing) That girl thinks that she's so fine. And I…

(Soundbite of song, "That Girl")

Mr. STEVIE WONDER (Musician, Songwriter): (Singing) That girl thinks that she's so fine. That soon she'll have my mind.

Ms. GRAY: That stuff was always around me. My parents, you know, were huge, you know, partiers. We always have people at the house. We always had the radio blast an eight-track, you know, on, so - oh, yeah. I was always listening to that stuff.

(Soundbite of song, "Purple Rain")

PRINCE (Musician, Songwriter): (Singing) I never meant to cause you any sorrow.

Ms. GRAY: I love all of, you know, Prince's albums. I listen to him performing.

(Soundbite of "Purple Rain")

PRINCE: (Singing) I only want to see you underneath the purple rain. Purple rain, purple rain.

Ms. GRAY: I just thought that was a greatest album. I was a huge Prince fan, you know. I love that way he says things, you know. He says things differently, you know. You know, I just love like every inch of that song.

(Soundbite of "Purple Rain")

PRINCE: (Singing) Purple rain, purple rain.

Ms. GRAY: And I remember it came out right with the movie. You know, and I was a big fan, like, the first time I saw the movie, I sat and watched it twice in a row. And he had that song, (singing) take me with you.

That was - that's still one of my favorite songs.

(Soundbite of song, "Take Me With You")

PRINCE: (Singing) I don't care where we go. I don't care what we do. I don't care, pretty baby. Just take me with you.

Ms. GRAY: My new album puts me in a great mood.

(Soundbite of song, "Strange Behavior")

Ms. GRAY: There's a song called "Strange Behavior". I think when people hear that, like, they don't forget it. You know, they always, like, go back and listen to it.

(Soundbite of "Strange Behavior")

Ms. GRAY: (Singing) We were happily married, until he waved a gun at me. I said what's with all your strange behavior?

So many great things have happened in music, you know, and you go into the studio and you have to borrow or steal a sample, because there's so much great stuff to hear, you know. And you hear it, and you can't resist it. You know, you got to steal it, you know what I mean?

(Soundbite of song, "You Spin Me Round")

(Singing) …me right round, baby, right round - like a record, baby, right round, round, round. You spin me…

Ms. GRAY: The '80s were a huge, huge influence on me and everybody, so - like a very specific, you know, style of music and perspective that we'll never forget, you know. We'll always going to borrow from the '80s.

(Soundbite of song, "You Spin Me Round")

DEAD OR ALIVE (Rock Band): You spin me right round, baby, right round - like a record, baby…

MARTIN: Macy Gray's new album is called "Big".

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