I Try

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"I Try"
Single by Macy Gray
from the album On How Life Is
B-side "Don't Come Around", "Rather Hazy"
Released

September 27, 1999 (Worldwide)

January 25, 2000 (North America)
Format Digital download, CD single, 12" maxi single
Recorded 1997
Genre R&B, soul
Length 3:59
Label Epic
Writer(s) Macy Gray, Jeremy Ruzumna, Jinsoo Lim, David Wilder
Producer(s) Andrew Slater
Macy Gray singles chronology
"Do Something"
(1999)
"I Try"
(1999)
"Still"
(2000)

"I Try" is a song co-written and recorded by American musician Macy Gray. It was released in September 27, 1999, outside of United States, and later released in North America in January 25, 2000 (See below) , it was the second single from her debut album, On How Life Is. It is Gray's biggest hit to date. It peaked at number six in the United Kingdom, number five in the United States, and number one in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

At the 2001 Grammy Awards, "I Try" won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, the first to be awarded to an African-American artist winner in the category, since Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" in 1997, and was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It remains Gray's biggest hit single in the USA to date, and her only one to reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, the song was featured in an episode of The Office. It was also featured in the series 2 finale of Mrs. Brown's Boys during which it was sung by Brendan O'Carroll and Pat "Pepsi" Shields.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song, directed by Mark Romanek, depicts Gray waking up in a hotel room, buying flowers, and traveling through New York City, traveled through by bus and train to meet a man in a park.

At the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, the video won Best New Artist and was nominated for Best Female Video.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD 1
  1. "I Try" (Album Version)
  2. "I Try" (Full Crew Mix)
  3. "Don't Come Around"
UK CD 2
  1. "I Try" (Album Version)
  2. "I Try" (JayDee Remix)
  3. "I Try" (Bob Power Remix)
European CD single
  1. "I Try"
  2. "Rather Hazy"
  3. "I Try" (Full Crew Mix - Extended 2 - No Vocoder)

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Format Release date
Worldwide September 27, 1999
North America January 25, 2000

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Everyday I Love You" by Boyzone
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
December 11, 1999
Succeeded by
"I Have a Dream"/"Seasons in the Sun" by Westlife
Preceded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
"Mascara"/"Leave Me Alone" by Killing Heidi
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
January 16, 2000 – January 23, 2000 (first run)
February 20, 2000 (second run)
Succeeded by
"Mascara"/"Leave Me Alone" by Killing Heidi
"Bloke" by Chris Franklin
Preceded by
"S Club Party" by S Club 7
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
January 30, 2000
Succeeded by
"What a Girl Wants" by Christina Aguilera