After Macy Gray’s 2007 album BIG (one of her most mature albums) didn’t do as well as expected, she jokingly stated that she considered going out and hiring the hottest producers, the best writers and get real skinny instead of staying true to herself. Lucky for us, none of them called her back.

On June 21st, The Sellout, her first album in three years will be released by Concord Records in the U.S., Island Records in the U.K. and Universal Music Group, internationally.

Featuring 12 news songs, my favorite song is title track Sellout, because it sets the tone for the entire album. After listening to this album it’s evident that Macy set out to be herself, Period. Whether she was emancipating herself from a relationship or empowering herself, the message of self preservation is clear throughout the entire album.

Macy gives listeners the perfect blend of fun and funky with songs you can Rock out to like Kiss It to the inspirational Beauty in the World. As the lead single, Beauty in the World explores and admires the many unique and lovely things that the world has to offer. Another standout song is the retro influenced That Man. Bobby Brown fans get a real treat as he joins Macy on the racy yet simpistic ballad Real Love. Other collaborations include The Bodyrockers’ Kaz James and Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum formerly of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver.

In a recent article on Huffington Post Macy questioned the place of a 40 year old woman in a music industry that underestimates the souls of youngsters. She goes on to say, “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.”

As one of those 30+ year old women she speaks of, listening to the Sellout was not only a refreshing break from the norm but addressed issues that I could relate to.