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“I try to say goodbye and I choke. I try to walk away and I stumble”—these lyrics, sung in a unique, raspy voice—blasted from radios all across the world at the beginning of the new millennium.

The person behind these words was Macy Gray (her real name: Natalie McIntyre) a young singer from Canton, Ohio who moved to Los Angeles as a teen to study scriptwriting. While there, she wrote lyrics as a way to get to know a guitar player she liked; when the guitarist’s singer didn’t show up one night to a show, Gray took the mic, and the rest is history.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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