C A N T O N, Ohio, Aug 7, 2001 -- Fans in her hometown booed and laughed as
Macy Gray struggled through the national anthem before the Pro
Football Hall of Fame exhibition game.
Wearing a Cleveland Browns jersey and a large cap, the Grammywinner sang an offbeat, tentative version of The Star-SpangledBanner, on Monday night as her signature raspy voice grew evermore wobbly.
Ending Mercifully Drowned Out
Boos and laughter started when she stumbled over the words. Alow-flying formation of planes drowned out the end. Hours earlier in a brief telephone interview with The Repositoryfrom her parents' home, Gray, whose real name is Natalie McIntyre,said she only agreed to the performance to please her mother. Asked if she was nervous about singing the anthem, Gray said,"I don't know, I have no idea what to expect." Gray also said she worked briefly for the Hall of Fame in summer1987. "I was a tour guide and I got fired after like a week," shesaid.