Nicole Monique Wray (born July 1, 1981, sometimes credited as Nicole Ray or Nicole), is an American R&B, pop, and hip hop singer-songwriter.
Her song « Make It Hot », peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1998.Early success

Wray was born in Salinas, California and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. Introduced to Missy Elliott by one of Elliott’s cousins, Wray sang on a track on Supa Dupa Fly. When Elliott started her own label, The Goldmind, 17-year-old Wray was the first signing.[2]

In mid-1998, her debut album Make It Hot was released. Although criticized for Elliott’s heavy-handed involvement (she produced, wrote, and performed on much of the album),[2] the first single, « Make It Hot » peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified gold.[3] Her second single, « I Can’t See », reached number 36 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart.[4] Later that year, Wray released a song, « Without You, » which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Make It Hot peaked at number nineteen on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (number 42 on The Billboard 200) and dropped off by the end of the year.[5][6]

In 1999, she released a third single from Make It Hot, « Eyes Better Not Wander », which peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[7]

Later that year, Wray appeared on Missy Elliott’s second album, Da Real World, on the song « All n My Grill ».

Unreleased albums

In July 2001, Wray released a new single, « I’m Lookin’ », that was reported to be from a forthcoming album to be called Elektric Blue[8] « I’m Lookin’ » peaked at number 66 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[9] but the album was never released.

After parting ways with The Goldmind, Wray released « I Wanna Kiss You » on the soundtrack to the film Love Don’t Cost a Thing.

In 2004, she released the single « If I Was Your Girlfriend » on Roc-A-Fella Records. She was later placed with the Dame Dash Music Group where she began working on another album, Lovechild,[citation needed] which, like Elektric Blue, was shelved.

Recent activity

In late-2007 interview, Wray told Spotlight Grooves that she hadn’t yet decided on an album title but that she and Focus were « going make people feel the music like on her last album, Make It Hot.[10] Later that year, Wray appeared on two songs on Hurricane Chris’s album 51/50 Ratchet.

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