Macy Gray To Make Her Own Version Of Stevie Wonder's Talking Book Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.19.2012
A love letter to the original...
Billboard reports that Macy Gray will be making her own version of Stevie Wonder's album Talking Book. It will be released on October 30 through 429 Records/Savoy Label Group. It will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Wonder album.
The songs "Sunshine of My Life" and "Superstition", along with eight other songs, will be covered by Gray with producer Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Metallica). After the album was released on October 28, 1972, the album hit #3 on the pop chart and #1 on the R&B albums chart. It also won three Grammys for Wonder including best R&B song for "Superstition."
Gray said that her version is more of a "love letter" than a tribute album. She added: "It's one of my favorite albums. I've never heard a whole album remake before. Thought I'd try one."
She is currently in Australia as part of her 2012 worldwide tour. She will next appear in Lee Daniels' (Precious) film The Paperboy, which stars John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron.
Earlier this year, she released her 429 Records debut Covered, which had covers of Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" and Radiohead's "Creep". It was the follow-up to her 2010 Concord album The Sellout, which peaked at #38 on the Billboard 200.