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Nellie McKay

Primary Instrument: Piano

Nellie McKay

Since her audacious double”album debut Get Away From Me, Nellie McKay has been a creative dynamo, releasing Pretty Little Head and Obligatory Villagers, making her Broadway debut (as Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera), performing onscreen (in PS I Love You) and currently writing music and lyrics for the premiere production of Election: The Musical.

Since her emergence on the scene, McKay has been known as an outspoken and fierce advocate for animal rights, feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals. But at first glance the choice of material on Normal as Blueberry Pie is devoid of pointed statements...
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”Doris Day is an emblem of sunshine, communion with nature and animals, and common civility… In a time when cynicism rules, her eager humanity is ever more precious…” ” Nellie McKay, The New York Times Book Review

”Ms. McKay, whose voice is blithe and supple, is a Doris Day fan, but a knowing one, well aware of the distance from Ms. Day’s era to ours. There’s yearning, wryness, and ingenuity in her arrangements.” ” Jon Pareles, The New York Times

”Thanks to (McKay), the Great American Songbook has a living, breathing present as well as a glorious past.” ” Joan Anderman, The Boston Globe

As a Leader

Normal as Blueberry Pie
Verve Records
2009
Tracks: The Very Thought of You; Do Do Do; Wonderful Guy; Meditation; Mean to Me; Crazy Rhythm; Sentimental Journey; If I Ever Had a Dream; Black Hills of Dakota; Dig It; Send Me No Flowers; Close Your Eyes; I Remember You.
Personnel: Nellie McKay: vocals, piano, organ, ukulele, synthesizer, mellotron, bells, tympani, tambura; Bob Dorough: piano; Jay Berliner: guitar; Jay Anderson: bass; Clarence Penn: drums; Charles Pillow: tenor saxophone, oboe; Glenn Drewes: trumpet; John Allred: trombone; Lawrence Feldman: clarinet, flute; David Weiss: flute; Sharon Moe: French horn; Cenovia Cummins: violin; Paolo Perrre, Kevin Rennard, Lucas Steele: vocals.

Obligatory Villagers
Hungry Mouse Records
2007

Pretty Little Head
Black Dove
2005

Get Away From Me
Sony
2004

Other

P.S. I Love You (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Various artists
Atlantic Records
2007

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