Who is Macy Gray’s Ex-husband Tracey Hinds?

Tracey Hinds is an American mortgage broker and Macy Gray’s ex-husband. Tracey and Macy Grey were married for two years, from 1996 to 1998 before they divorced in 1998. They had three children together: Aanisah, born on 17 January 1995, Thamel, born in December 1995, and Happy Hinds, born in 1997. 

Although he is associated with a very popular figure in the American entertainment industry, very little is known about Tracey himself. However, we’ll share with you the little information we have been able to glean.

Tracey Hinds Background is a Mystery

Apart from the fact that we know Tracey Hinds is an African American man born somewhere in the United States, there is practically no other available information about his background. This means that details of his date and place of birth, his parents, siblings (if any), childhood, and education, among others, are yet to be unraveled.

However, it has been reported that Tracey is a mortgage broker. Even though his educational background is unknown, it is believed that he must have studied something related to his current career in the tertiary institution.

He Was Married to Macy Gray For Two Years

Macy Gray and her ex-husband, Tracey Hinds, were reportedly married for two years before they parted ways. Sadly, information about when, where, and the circumstances surrounding their meeting are not known.

The former couple was said to have gotten married on 7 March 1996 just shortly after they had met and at that time, Macy was still struggling to find her feet in the music industry. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in 1998, just one year before she had her career breakthrough with her 1999 debut album On How Life Is.

Before then, the duo had already given birth to three children: two daughters and a son. Their first child, a daughter named Aanisah Hinds, was born on January 16, 1995, and is currently 29 years old.

Their second child, a son named Tahmel Hinds, was born in December 1995 and is 28 years old while their last child and second daughter, Happy Hinds, was born on October 6, 1997, and is 27 years old now. Reports have it that Tracey and Macy got divorced shortly after Happy was born.

An artist and a graphic designer, Aanisah attended Beverly Hills High School from 2009 to 2012. There, she studied Visual and Performing Arts before moving on to Pratt Institute from where she graduated with Bachelor’s degree in painting.

Tahmel is reportedly a musician, and Happy is the editor-in-chief at Happy Hinds Magazine. In one of her Instagram posts, she revealed that she started @happyhindsmagazine97 but did not launch it for three years because she was too scared that it would not go well. Thankfully, she did eventually and it’s been going better than she imagined.

Reason Behind Tracey Hinds’s Divorce From Macy Gray

Like we stated earlier, the union between Tracey and Macy lasted for a short while and the reason behind the crash of their marriage is believed to lie in their decision to rush into marriage recklessly.

At the start of their relationship, everything was fine between the lovebirds and they were so in love with each other. However, things took a different turn after they became parents and were unable to handle the real-life issues that came with parenting. Having their first two children in the same year made things even worse, but they kept coping.

However, Macy’s relationship with Tracey hit rock bottom during her pregnancy with their last child, Happy, resulting in divorce eventually. Afterward, even though Macy did not want to, she had no choice but to move in with her mother together with her children.

On the flip side, her marriage to Tracey and their divorce inspired her first album, On How Life Is, which skyrocketed her into fame, compensating her for whatever pain she might have gone through.

To date, the relationship between the R&B singer and her ex-husband is still sour. Speaking during an interview, Macy revealed that she and her children are not in communication with Hinds.

While it is not known where Tracey is since the divorce and whether he remarried, it is common knowledge that Macy has remained unmarried ever since. She has dated several men but is yet to find the one with whom she would grow old.

Is Tracey Hinds a Female?

Who is Macy Gray's Ex-husband Tracey Hinds?
Macy Gray and Tracey Hinds with their first two children

Among the very little information available about Tracey Hinds is that he is a man and not a woman. The confusion about his sexuality possibly arose from his name, “Tracey”, which is more generally considered to be a female name even though it is unisex within the United Kingdom.

That aside, Tracey Hinds is known to have fathered his three children with Macy and as of now, there has been nothing to prove that they probably had them with any outside help. That said, common sense would tell anyone that there was no way he could have fathered their three children if he were female, that wasn’t scientifically possible as of the time Aanisah, Tahmel, and Happy were conceived nor is it possible presently.

Now that we are clear on the fact that Tracey was a man as of the time he was involved with Macy Gray, one might ask, couldn’t he have transitioned into a woman after they parted ways? Well, that is very much possible, but as of now, there is no information pointing us in that direction. So, as far as we know, Tracey is still a man.

Meanwhile, some sources have it that he died sometime in 2020. Whether or not this is true is yet to be confirmed.

How Many Albums Has Tracey Hinds Released?

Macy Gray has come to be known for her very unique raspy voice and style of singing. As of now, she has been nominated for the Grammy Awards five times, winning one. In the course of her very successful music career, she has released 10 albums, 25 singles as a lead artist, 7 singles as a featured artist, 7 promotional singles, and made 29 guest appearances. She has also appeared in 17 music videos as a lead artist and in 4 as a featured artist. Below is a list of her albums.

Studio albums

On How Life Is (1999)

The Id (2001)

The Trouble with Being Myself (2003)

Big (2007)

The Sellout (2007)

Covered (2012)

Talking Book (2012)

The Way (2014)

Stripped (2016)

Ruby (2018)

Live Album

Live in Las Vegas (2005)

Compilation albums 

The Very Best of Macy Gray (2004)

I Try: The Macy Gray Collection (2008)

Original Album Classics (2012)

How old is Tracey Hinds’ Ex-Wife Macy Gray?

Macy Gray is 56 years old. She was born Natalie Renée McIntyre on September 6, 1967, in Canton, Ohio, to Laura McIntyre and Otis Jones who split after some years of being married.

Her mother who was a maths teacher remarried to a steelworker who became Macy’s stepfather. The singer has two siblings: a sister who is a biology schoolteacher and a brother named Nate, who runs his own gym located in West Philadelphia.

During her high school days, Macy attended several high schools, including a high school that expelled her as a result of the way she behaved. She eventually graduated and went on to study scriptwriting at the University of Southern California.

The Singer Began Her Career Early But Never Took it Seriously

The R&B star began her musical career by taking piano lessons at the very young age of seven. As an undergraduate of the University of Southern California, she accepted to write songs for a friend of hers and subsequently, a demo session was fixed for another singer to record the songs. However, the singer did not show up, so Macy took her place and did the recording.

After that, she began to set up bands and write songs for fun, and with time she became more enthusiastic about it and couldn’t detach herself from it. Then a friend of hers offered her an opportunity to be a singer in his jazz band and she accepted.

As a way of preparing herself for the job, Macy dedicated her time to listening to different jazz CDs given to her by her friend and studying the various singers. By so, she was able to teach herself how to sing for a gig. However, she never took it seriously until later.

Who is Macy Gray's Ex-husband Tracey Hinds?
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Meanwhile, Macy was working a cashier in Beverly Hills. Along the line, she met a writer-producer named Joe Solo and together they wrote and recorded some songs in the latter’s studio. With the demo tape on ground, Macy was able to land singing opportunities at Los Angeles jazz cafes.

Even without thinking so highly of her voice, she got signed by Atlantic Records and started recording her debut. Unfortunately, Tom Carolan, the man who got her signed to the record label left Atlantic Records and as a result, she was dropped. Consequently, she moved back to Ohio.

Thankfully, her hopes of launching her music career professionally was restored in 1997 when Jeff Blue, a Zomba Label Group Senior VP A&R man based in Los Angeles, came into the picture. He was able to talk her into returning to music and got her signed to a development contract.

After that, Macy Gray began recording new songs drawn from her experiences in life and Jeff started selling her to record labels. In 1998, Epic Records signed her to a deal. The following year, the entertainer released her hit debut album, On How Life Is. Since then, she has never look back.

Key Facts About Tracey Hinds

  1. Who is Tracey Hinds? Tracey Hinds is an American mortgage broker who is best known as the ex-husband of Macy Gray, an award-winning R&B and soul singer and actress.
  2. How many children did Tracey Hinds and Macy Gray have together? Tracey Hinds and Macy Gray had three children together: Aanisah, Thamel, and Happy Hinds.
  3. What happened to Tracey Hinds? Tracey Hinds reportedly passed away in 2020, according to a post from his daughter Happy Hinds on Facebook.
  4. What is Tracey Hinds’ net worth? Tracey Hinds’ exact net worth is unknown, but based on his career as a mortgage broker, his net worth was estimated to be around $1.1 million.
  5. Did Macy Gray remarry after her divorce from Tracey Hinds? There is no information available about Macy Gray getting remarried after her divorce from Tracey Hinds.
  6. When did Macy Gray’s career take off? Macy Gray signed a record deal with Epic Records in 1998, shortly after her divorce from Tracey Hinds. Her debut album, “On How Life Is,” was released in 1999 and received widespread critical acclaim.
  7. How many Grammy nominations and wins does Macy Gray have? Macy Gray has received five Grammy nominations, winning one award.
  8. What is Macy Gray’s most famous song? Macy Gray’s most famous song is “I Try,” taken from her multi-platinum debut album “On How Life Is.”
  9. Did Tracey Hinds have any involvement in Macy Gray’s career? There is no information available about Tracey Hinds having any involvement in Macy Gray’s career.
  10. How can one find pictures of Tracey Hinds? Some pictures of Tracey Hinds can be found on his daughter Happy Hinds’ Instagram account, where she posted a tribute to him on Father’s Day.
  11. How did Tracey Hinds and Macy Gray meet? There is no detailed information available about how Tracey Hinds and Macy Gray met, but they got married in 1996 after being in a relationship for a few years.
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Alexander Brown is an avid reader and aspiring writer who loves exploring the world of entertainment and lifestyle through her writing.


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