Lady Wray has been tapped for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series to help celebrate Black History Month.
The singer-songwriter, formerly known as Nicole Wray, performed a four-song set of material from her two albums, Queen Alone and Piece of Me.
Donning a pink fur coat, Wray opened her performance with “Piece of Me,” the title track to her sophomore album. She then went on to sing “Joy & Pain,” another song from Piece of Me, and “Guilty” from her debut. Wray concluded her show with her stirring rendition of “Melody,” a song dedicated to her daughter.
Wray released Piece of Me on Jan. 28, 2022, via Big Crown Records. The album includes the singles “Thank You,” “Under the Sun” and “Games People Play.”
In an interview with Rated R&B, Wray shared that she wanted the album to bring a sense of healing. “I wanted to give people something from me so that they can feel like, ‘Wow, everything’s gonna be okay. We’re gonna take this ride together,” she explained.
Wray added, “I just kind of gave everybody my life. I’m praying that it hits hard and people can take a piece of this and say, ‘Wow, I understand. I’m here with her. And, get it.'”
Piece of Me was among Rated R&B’s 30 Best R&B Albums of 2022 list. Rated R&B’s Edward Dave described the album as a “quality work that captures a specific feeling of self-love and injects listeners with the same clarity once the last track ends.”
Watch Lady Wray’s Tiny Desk performance below.