By Ian Bremner
Nicole “Lady” Wray just busted out with a phenomenal soul record, Queen Alone on Big Crown Records that has as much heart and authentic soul flavor as any record in recent memory.
If the name sounds familiar though, it’s for good reason. Back in the early 00’s she signed with Missy Elliot’s label and was featured on several her tracks as well as a promising solo career. Where she may have gotten lost in the early 00’s RnB world, she has been floating in and around the scene ever since. In 2013, she put out some singles and toured with Terri Walker as Lady. They opened and sang backup for Lee Fields on the road for a year or so until Walker left to persue a solo career. Again, Wray had to choose her next move.
The music business is fickle and sometimes talent doesn’t always win out. Luckily, Wray was able to team with Leon Michaels and Tom Brenneck (of Menehan Street Band, Budos Band, The Arcs, Charles Bradley, Dap Kings association) in their legendary studio in Queens, New York. Like the true soulful story it is, Nicole Wray is back as Lady Wray. Her debut album, under the new and hopefullly, permanent moniker is out now.
Listen to Queen Alone below
Do It Again (official video)