Fans listening to Macy Gray’s sophomore album The Id might notice there are a few songs about sex-OK, more than a few. Gray is the first to agree that there’s a preoccupation with carnal activity and desire on the album, and she tells LAUNCH that she sees nothing at all wrong with that.
“Everything I write is natural. I think it’s important that you don’t force your art,” she says. “But I think, you know, like, sex, I think that’s a big part of everybody’s life. I think if you do a record and you don’t talk about sex, then I think you’re being unnatural, then something is up. People write it off as taboo, as creepy, as, as startling, but it’s really like food, air, and water-it’s a part of life, you know? It’s not that hard to talk about it if you’re not uneasy about it. Like, if you understand how natural it is and how necessary it is, then it’s not a big deal anymore.”
Gray doesn’t plan to tour to promote The Id until February, but she will take part in the Concert For New York at Madison Square Garden on October 20.