Macy Gray Shares The Song You Need Right Now
May 7, 2020 • NOW//with
“Hey Guys it’s Macy Gray! I know this is a hard time for everyone. It’s especially hard for those women out there who don’t have a home or their homes are unsafe. I recorded one of my favorite dance songs, Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. I hope you love it! We are donating 100% of the download proceeds to the Downtown Los Angeles Women’s Shelter.”
BIG FAT LOVE TO YA!
~ Macy Gray
Macy Gray Talks Quarantine, Favorite Songs, and Her New Release, “Staying Alive”
We sat down (at a safe distance over the phone, of course) with Macy Gray, NOW//WITH’s celebrity launch partner, to chat about all things quarantine, music, and her new single, “Staying Alive.” Read on for Macy’s curated feel-good playlist and scroll down to find out where to download her new single, all proceeds of which go to support LA’s Downtown Women’s Center.
Thanks for joining us Macy! How have you been in this quarantine?
It’s been up and down. At first when it started, I thought we wouldn’t be in that situation very long, and then it started getting real – like, reality check. And then everybody had to adjust, and I think we all learned a lot about ourselves. Some days I’ll wake up and I want to go create stuff, and other days I wake up and just want to watch five Netflix shows. There’s six of us living in my house, so there’s always action. I mean, I enjoy my family, but this whole lockdown thing is driving me nuts. That’s pretty much how it’s been.
Can you tell us about the backstory of your new song, “Staying Alive”?
I think it’s just the energy right now, like, how are we all surviving all this? It kind of forces everybody into this thing that they aren’t used to. It’s all about surviving it, not like you’re out in a jungle or something, but just coming out of this. Because it will end one day, and nobody knows what that’s going to be like.
Does that song have a special meaning to you?
[Saturday Night Fever] is one of my favorite movies, and the Bee Gees are one of my favorite bands. It’s perfect for what everybody’s going through. “Staying alive” – everybody has a different take on what that means for them. That’s why it’s one of the most interesting songs for right now, because those are the best songs – when everybody has their own connection to it. I think everybody will find some kind of cool in those two words right now, “staying alive.”
What made you decide to drop your new single with us on NOW//WITH?
I love sharing all the things I love with my friends and fans, and NOW//WITH lets me do that really easily. And when I share stuff, people can see exactly where they can find it and shop right on the video. I think it’s a cool new way to spread some happiness and stay connected.
What’s on the ultimate Macy Gray playlist to lift your spirits and get you going?
+ Been Caught Stealing by Jane’s Addiction
+ Free by Stevie Wonder
+ Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers
+ Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
+ On The Radio by Donna Summer
+ Gimme More by Britney Spears
What have you been binging?
Indie movies I haven’t seen, a million documentaries, and The Good Fight. It’s so good.
Any new music you’re loving?
There’s been a lot of great songs. I love that song Dance Monkey [by Tones And I].
What do you miss about being on tour?
Our whole summer got canceled. We were booked all the way until next January, and most of it is gone. It’s really devastating to people. Artists on tour – I don’t care if you’re the biggest act in the world –the summer is when you make the most money with festivals, because everybody’s outside. To have that canceled is really hardcore and that hurt a lot of people. You think of all the crew guys who work on shows, all the promoters, even the ticket agencies. It’s like putting a bomb off. It just blew everything away. Hopefully it’ll be back on its feet in October, but that’s when it slows down because it starts getting cold out and people start focusing on the holidays and stuff like that. So that was rough and I do miss that, and that hurt me the most. I am looking forward to going back out and having real concerts. Zoom concerts are okay, but there’s nothing like the real thing.
You must be excited to perform Staying Alive when we can get back out there!
Of course! And I hope people connect to that, because I think it’s great. I love it. And the proceeds for the song are all going to local women’s shelters through Downtown Women’s Center in LA. People are raising money for food and front-line workers, but what I haven’t heard people talking about is how there’s a lot of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child abuse, because being home for a lot of people isn’t safe. And that’s one of the first things that I thought of. So we’re putting all the proceeds to women’s shelters and hotlines and stuff like that to support those women or those victims, and hopefully we can raise a lot of money for that.
What do you hope people take away from the song when they hear it?
I really just want people to be happy and get uplifted and start dancing again. Just having some fun and throwing their hands in the air!
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.