The Way

The Way

by Macy GrayMacy Gray


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After the diverse Covered and a song-by-song of Stevie Wonder's Talking Book, both of which were released by the Universal-distributed 429 in 2012, Macy Gray returned with a set of originals issued through her new label, named (honest) Happy Mel Boopy Touring Co. Compared to The Sellout, her previous album of original material, The Way is significantly less slick -- a no-fuss organic recording that involves some of the personnel from the 429 albums, including multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey "Zoux" Bluestein and guitarist Martin Estrada. There are some notable guest appearances, the most prominent of which comes from Booker T. Jones, who plays on and co-produced the blissful "First Time." Tracy Nelson and Ledisi contribute some vocals, though Nelson's wailing is strangely submerged in the mix of "I Miss the Sex." While the album is brief and was recorded in a relatively simplified setting, there is a wide range of approaches, including romping blues-rock ("Bang Bang"), lively disco ("Hands"), orchestral soul ("Queen of the Big Hurt"), and multiple shades of Southern soul (including the hushed "Stoned," in which Gray purrs, "I've got the giggles, and baby, I'm loads of fun"). The results are approximately as scattered. Gray's obvious comfort level and charm, however, help compensate for the less than ideal quantity of magnetizing material.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
Label: Happy Mel Boopy
UPC: 5060186923833
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 78939

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Macy Gray   Primary Artist
Tracy Nelson   Vocals
Paul Cartwright   Violin
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Jason Yates   Keyboards,Mellotron
Ethan Farmer   Bass
Ledisi   Vocals
Josie Jones   Vocals
Joel Whitley   Bass
Brian Boland   Vocals
Chris Rob   Piano,Mellotron
Jeffrey Bluestein   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,fender rhodes
Tony Pulizzi   Guitar
Rama Duke   Vocals
Happy Hinds   Vocals
Josh Lopez   Guitar
Andre Brissett   Vocals
Jason Hill   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals
Nick Fyffe   Bass
Tamir Barzilay   Drums
Matthew Resovich   Violin
Sylvester Jordan   Vocals
Sam Barsh   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Maurice Brown   Trumpet
Maiya Sykes   Vocals
Ilona Geller   Viola
Caleb Speir   Bass
James Wright   Vocals
Phillip White   Vocals
Davey Chegwidden   Percussion
Uncle Chucc   Bass
Nick Ackerman   Bass,Percussion
Matthew Cooker   Cello
Martin Estrada   Guitar
Donald Barrett   Drums
Alex Carapetis   Drums
Shemika Seacrest   Vocals
Desiree Webb   Vocals
Stephanie Alexandre   Vocals
Parker T. Parker   Synthesizer,Piano
Olivia Desmond   Vocals
Martin Watkinson   Cello
Kiara Belen   Vocals
Kevin Macmillin   Vocals
Johanna Jones   Vocals
Dawn Accius   Vocals
Adam "Royal Z" Waldman   Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mario James   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Booker T. Jones   Producer
Ethan Farmer   Composer
Jorge Velasco   Engineer
Michelle Bell   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Macy Gray   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Executive Producer,Melody Arrangement
Jason Schweitzer   Engineer
Brian Boland   Engineer
Jeffrey Bluestein   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Jeff Franklin   Executive Producer
Aanisah Hinds   Artwork
Happy Hinds   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Andre Brissett   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Jason Hill   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Melody Arrangement
Tamir Barzilay   Composer
Sylvester Jordan   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Sam Barsh   Composer
Russell Redeaux   Executive Producer
Jeff Phurrough   Engineer
Caleb Speir   Composer
Phillip White   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
BC Jean   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Uncle Chucc   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Nick Ackerman   Composer
Tony Hardy   Composer
Mel Hinds   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Christian Delano   Engineer
Martin Estrada   Composer
Alex Deyoung   Master Chorister
Max Moon   Engineer
Parker T. Parker   Engineer
Adam "Royal Z" Waldman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Melody Arrangement,Additional Production

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