Nicole Wray’s musical journey has been a long, tough and vigorous one. All the while, she maintains her “smile.” In her latest music video for her single “Smiling,” Nicole displays this resilience like no other.
Ms. Wray came into the music industry in 1998 as 17 year-old R&B songstress Nicole (though sometimes credited as Nicole Ray- last name being misspelled) with her hit single and album of the same name Make It Hot, executively produced by her mentor Missy Elliot. For unknown reasons, her second album, Elektric Blue, never commercially released as scheduled in 2001, though versions of it have since leaked online. Nicole Wray kept on smiling.
In 2004, she reemerged with her government name Nicole Wray on Rocafella Records with the help of Dame Dash to release her Lovechild album; but Dash’s split with Jay-Z led to Nicole’s 2005 departure, but not before leaving a street jam for her single “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” which accompanied a Jem & the Holograms inspired music video. She kept on smiling.
In 2007, she released her Independence Day mixtape under the guidance of Dr. Dre’s protégé Focus. Though many believed she’d release an album through Focus, that didn’t come to fruition, but again she kept on smiling.
After a well received independent & self-released album, Boss Chick, in 2010, she combined forces with UK R&B Terri Walker to form a Soul band called Lady. The album spawned the single “Karma,” which landed on an episode of the 7th season of HBO’s True Blood. Before Lady could go on tour, Terri left the group, but Nicole kept pushing smiled through. Now, she’s back with her last album under the moniker Lady Wray, and she’s smiling more than ever while going on tour in Europe and the US, promoting a critically acclaimed soul/retro R&B album.
“Smiling” is a song about maintaining that positive vibe that Nicole has done throughout her life. The video shows Nicole waking up happy, showing a few unseen pics of her with Ginuwine and Missy Elliott. She then goes about her day throughout Atlanta, smiling of course. The video ends with her chilling with family and friends, with smiles all around. Check out the music video below and let us know if it made you smile. Lady Wray’s new album is in stores now. You can click HERE to purchase it.