Nicole Monique Wray (born May 2, 1981), also known as Lady, is an an American singer-songwriter and music producer. She has written and produced many songs for various musicians.
Born in Salinas, California, and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, Wray developed an interest in music at an early age, writing her first song at age seventeen. Wray signed a recording contract with Missy Elliott's The Goldmind Inc. and released her debut album, Make It Hot in 1998. The album featured the Billboard top-charting single "Make It Hot". Following her departure from Elliott's label in 2002, she went on to sign with Roc-A-Fella Records and release the single "If I Was Your Girlfriend" in 2004.
In 2012, Wray formed a duo called "Lady" with Terri Walker and signed with Truth and Soul Records. In March 2013, the duo released their self-titled album. Following Walker's departure from the duo, Wray continued her solo career adopting Lady as her stage name.
1997-2001: Make It Hot:
In 1997, Wray signed a recording contract with Missy Elliott's newly developed record label The Goldmind Inc. She began recording songs with Elliott, becoming a featured vocalist on the song "Gettaway", which debuted on Elliott's 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly. In June 1998, Wray released her Billboard top-charting single, "Make It Hot". The single became certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies in America. In August 1998, Wray released her debut album, Make It Hot, which peaked at number forty-two on the Billboard Top 100 albums chart. The album also featured the singles: "I Can't See" and "Eyes Better Not Wander", which also charted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In 1999, Wray provided guest vocals on Elliott's song All n My Grill and I Like Control.
In 2000, Wray began recording her sophomore album, Elektric Blue, which was later shelved. She released a single, I'm Lookin' (2001). The single peaked at number sixty-six on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
2003-2007: Lovechild and hiatus:
Following her departure from The Goldmind in 2002, Wray signed to Roc-A-Fella Records. In 2003, she released "Welcome Home", a single featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard. In the following year, she began recording another album, Lovechild. In the same year, Wray was moved to Def Jam Recordings after the brief termination of Roc-A-Fella Records. In November 2004, she released the lead single "If I Was Your Girlfriend", which charted at number fifty-five on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
In 2005, Wray left the recording label before releasing her album. In 2007, Wray began working with music producer Focus. In July 2007, she released a mixtape titled, Independance Day: The Takeover Volume 1. Wray later went on hiatus, but continued to write and produce songs for The Black Keys, Kid Cudi, Cam'ron, and many other artists.
2009-2011: Boss Chick and Dream Factory Sessions:
In 2009, Wray signed a recording contract with Danizha Inc. In June 2009, Wray released the lead single, I Like It, which featured rapper 2 Chainz. The song failed to chart. Wray was then enlisted to add her background vocals on The Black Keys' seventh studio LP, Brothers, which was released in May 2010. In 2010, she appeared on Kid Cudi's second album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager on the song "The End", alongside Chip tha Ripper and GLC.
In June 2010, she released her second album, Boss Chick, which garnered moderate success. In 2011, Wray reunited with friend and music producer Marcus Vest. Wray began working on a new album, with Vest producing a majority of the songs. In May 2011, she released a single "I Found You. In November 2011, Wray released her third album, Dream Factory Sessions.
In 2012, Wray joined fellow soulstress Terri Walker to form retro-soul duo Lady. Lady were signed to Truth and Soul Records. The duo later toured as background vocalist for Lee Fields' tour. In March 2013, their self-titled debut album was released. After Walker left the group, Wray adopted the group's name and performs under the moniker "Lady".