CANCELLED: Macy Gray ditches gig just hours before show
Update Thursday 3.40pm: AMERICAN artist Macy Gray has angered local fans by cancelling her Byron Bay show tonight, only hours before she was due to go on stage.
Gray, 50, was scheduled to perform at the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay tonight from 8pm on a 18+ event.
The Beach Hotel confirmed the news via their social media page.
"We are very disappointed to share that Macy Gray has cancelled our show for reasons out of our controlof(sic) we are very apologetic to those who have travelled to see her! " the post said.
"We still have some great entertainment tonight and all ticket holders will receive refunds.
"Once again we are really sorry, stay tuned to our social media channels to find out how you can receive your refund."
Fans were left angered in social media, as unconfirmed reports online indicate Gray had to cancel her Byron Bay show because she missed her flight from Western Australia to the East Coast.
The Perth show last night did not go to plan for Macy Gray as Western Australian media reports fans turned against the artist when she started her show saying "Hello Sydney!"
According to WAtoday.com.au, promoters of the American star's tour were forced to issue a public apology to guests today after Gray arrived on stage at the Astor Theatre gig two hours late, sung two songs and DJed for around half an hour before leaving.
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Macy Gray, born Natalie Renée McIntyre, 50, became known for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday.
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, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Lackawanna Blues, Idlewild 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.
I Try became so successful it was nominated to Song of the Year at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
In 2016, Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to record an album produced with binaural sound.
Stripped (Chesky Records, 2016) marked the singer's first steps into the world of audiophile recordings.
Released on September 9, 2016, Stripped is her tenth album and her first jazz recording. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
Listen to the album here:
Stripped is made up of ten songs, all recorded live on April 7 and April 8, 2016, in a decommissioned Brooklyn church.
The album includes remakes of several of her songs (I Try, Sweet Baby, She Ain't Right For You, The First Time, Slowly) and songs originally by other artists (Nothing Else Matters, Redemption Song), as well as new recordings (Annabelle, The Heart, Lucy).
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Gray told Elle magazine in 2016 that recording a jazz album "was such a completely unexpected but refreshing and fun thing to do."