Macy Gray always carries a pack of cards with her.

The 'I Try' singer always likes to be able to play a game as it helps her relax away from the stresses and strains of her every day life.

She said: ''My handbag essential? A pack of cards. Playing cards brings me peace; I don't worry about things when I'm playing poker, spades or backgammon.

''I'm from Ohio, the mid-west is a bit of a boring place so most people there are really good at cards because it's all you do all day.''

However, she may be playing too many card games, as Macy admits she regularly forgets things she has to do.

She added to Stylist magazine: ''I do a lot of things at the last minute. I'm spontaneous to a fault. I wing it, only remembering that I have to do stuff the day it's due. I'd love to have the power to fly so when I'm running late, I could fly through the traffic.''