It’s tough being a 42-year-old singer/songwriter in the music industry-just ask Macy Gray. The mom of three recently wrote about her experiences with age discrimination and why she won’t be singing any songs “that are relevant to teenagers.”
“The truth is that as a mother of three teenagers, I can tell you that the music industry drastically underestimates the souls of the young. And that there are over 40 million women, in the United States alone, in their 30s, 40s and beyond, that are starving to be musically inspired and lyrically represented. While the fans miss out on great music because of age discrimination, there is still BEAUTY IN THE WORLD,” she writes in a blog on HuffingtonPost.com.
Music politics aside, Macy says that her day begins and ends with her kids.
“I am a single mother of three teenagers. My every day begins and ends with them. Breakfast – school – teachers – grades – basketball – piano – tennis – birthday parties – money – etc. The best part of the day is when they smile or laugh, because when they’re laughing or smiling, I know they’re OK. Even if its just for a minute, even if I don’t know what they’re happy about, it’s a relief. My biggest goal is to keep them talking, because that’s the only way I know what they’re thinking and what’s going on, so the most important thing I do all day, is listen.”
Macy has three children with her ex-husband Tracy Hinds: daughters Aanisah, 15, Tahmel, 14, and son Happy a.k.a Cassius, 12.