With a voice that sounds like Tina Turner swallowing a shop-full of whiskey and razor blades, Macy Gray may not seem a likely first choice for stardom; but in the age of pop divas who value vocal theatrics over communication, her gravelly voice sounds lived-in and real. Gray's style is like a hip-hop, thrift-store version of the '70s, owing more to the sights and sounds found on a rerun of Ten Speed and Brown Shoe than to the real polyester decade. But this isn't a bad thing -- why remake the past when people like Curtis Mayfield did it so well the first time? Gray puts her own spin on classic soul with lyrics that don't get dewy-eyed for a past that never was. A winner when stacked up against today's R&B superstars.
Macy Gray Concert Films
In Session 2007
Runtime: 34 minGrammy nominated and multi-Platinum artist, Macy Gray, performs live at the intimate In Session in 2007. The Session features performances of "Finally Made Me Happy,” "Glad You’re Here" and "I Try.” The Session concludes with an interview with Macy Gray.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minSinger-songwriter-performer Macy Grays unique voice is instantly recognizable as one of the most distinctive in all of pop music. Gray earned a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her 1999 hit single, I Try, which also received nominations for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Her debut album On How Life Is went on to sell more than 7 million copies worldwide.
Macy Gray Top Tracks
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 28 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Live All Around The World
Runtime: 2 hr 36 minLisa Stansfield's debut video features tracks from all her debut solo album as well as tracks by other artists which featured Lisa on lead vocals.
Live at Montreux 1993
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minIn the words of Ben Fong-Torres:
Etta James, who passed away in 2012, was such a magnetic singer and presence that she was a semi-regular at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, which is pretty selective about its bills. After her crack band opens with a couple, including “Hold On, I’m Coming,” James kills on “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “I Just Wanna Make Love to You,” and several more. “Come to Mama,” indeed!
Etta James made many appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival across her long and distinguished career from her first concert in 1975 through to her last in 2008. This film focuses on the concert from 1993 when she was at her absolute peak and complements it with selected tracks from many other Montreux appearances. It features many of her best loved tracks and songs that she is particularly associated with. Etta James was one of the most respected performers of her generation. In a career stretching over 60 years she was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and the Blues Hall Of Fame, won 3 Grammys and received many more nominations and was named Female Blues Artist Of The Year on no less than 14 occasions. Sadly, Etta James passed away after a long illness in January 2012 and this film is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest female vocalists of the 20th century.
Live From Philadelphia
Runtime: 2 hr 10 minLive from Philadelphia further cements John Legend's reputation as a great live performer. The album features 19 soulful performances including tracks from Legend’s first two albums and a duet with Corinne Bailey Rae on "Where Is The Love."
Live At Last
Runtime: 3 hr 7 minRecorded live in Berlin in 2004, Anastacia’s Live At Last features dazzling concert performances of all her biggest hits, including "Left Outside Alone," "I’m Outta Love," "Sick and Tired" and more!
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 46 min"Dionne Warwick (born Marie Dionne Warrick; December 12, 1940) is an American singer, actress and TV show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health. Having been in a partnership with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era (1955--2012), based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. Warwick ranks second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist with 56 singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.
Enjoy her sing some of her greatest hits live with a full band."
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minAn American composer and singer-songwriter who has a unique bass voice which has won him two Grammy awards. White enjoyed great success especially in the 1970s, with his mixture of soul, funk and disco hits, including 'Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe." He has made a number of television appearances and been featured as himself on a few episodes of The Simpsons. His voice can also be heard in Apple's first iBook commercial. This television special features his timeless hits such as "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and "Just The Way You Are"
Runtime: 1 hr 13 min14 time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer, actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Alicia Keys captivated audiences eleven years ago when she performed “Fallin” off her debut album, Songs in A Minor on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since releasing her first album, Keys has built an astonishing repertoire of hits with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. Over the last few years, Keys has evolved her body of work with world tours, movie deals, best-selling books, Broadway plays and philanthropic missions. Her growth as an artist has also been highlighted by numerous collaborations including Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Jack White and Jay-Z. VH1 Storytellers captures her intimate performance from November 2012 where she shares the back story of some of her biggest hits.
Live in London & New York
Corinne Bailey Rae
Runtime: 59 minCiting influences as diverse as Björk, Erykah Badu, and L7, Corinne Bailey Rae burst onto the music scene in 2006 with her self-titled debut. These two concerts include fan favorites from the singer-songwriter, including performances of the simple "Like A Star" and the sultry "I'd Like To. " LIVE IN CONCERT LONDON & NEW YORK also features videos for four of her singles, including "Put Your Records On" and "Trouble Sleeping. "
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 56 minMind, Body & Soul Sessions features R&B phenom Joss Stone live in concert in 2004. Recorded at New York's Irving Plaza, the show begins with an introduction by the legendary Betty Wright, who co-produced the Brit's stunning debut, The Soul Sessions, and co-wrote several songs on the second, Mind, Body & Soul. The barefoot singer then gets down to business, performing a solid selection of material from both albums, including "Super Duper Love" from the first and "You Had Me" from the follow-up. Stone receives strong support from a tight band, distinguished by powerful drummer Caesar Griffin.
In Session Soundcheck 2009
Runtime: 32 minAward-winning singer/songwriter India Arie marries romance and politics in her fourth album. This amazing live performance at Soundcheck mesmerizes with a stirring set, that includes the singles 'Chocolate High,' 'Therapy,' and a stunning Sade cover.
Loberace: Live in Vegas
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minCeeLo Green’s “Loberace – Live In Vegas” is an electrifying, musical journey into the colourful world of CeeLo’s brainchild, “Loberace" filmed live at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. It’s packed to the rafters with girls, glamour and glitz, with CeeLo Green as the ringmaster of this technicolor circus. There are classic songs, provocative dance routines and a breathtaking array of costumes. This is the ultimate Las Vegas all-singing, all-dancing spectacular!
Live in the USA
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minThis DVD features En Vogue - Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis & Amanda Cole - in a concert they gave in Birmingham, Alabama in December of 2002 during which they performed their most popular songs, including their six US Top Ten hits. These include Hold On, My Lovin' and Don't Let Go - each of which made #2 in the U.S. charts, as well as an eleven-minute version of Giving Him Something He Can Feel. Sophisticated, stylish, sultry and sexy, En Vogue were the most successful girl group of the Nineties, notching up a string of hit singles around the world and amassing album sales in excess of eight million. Carrying on the girl group tradition popularized by such Sixties groups as The Supremes and The Ronettes, En Vogue owe a lot of their success to their skilful blending of contemporary R & B with elements of hip-hop, which gave them credibility with hip club and dance audiences. This DVD is perfect evidence of their raw talent to entertain.