Nellie McKay Creates Her Own Sexism Free Universe With Music

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Nellie McKay spoke with the Charlotte Observer about sexism in the arts and beyond, and how she deals with it professionally. “Music and songwriting is one way to create your own universe,” she said. “I struggle on stage to not be making yet more entertainment for men. I like men, but I’ve gotten very confused about this. Women go see ‘Sex and the City’, which I never will understand. So it’s like, ‘What do people want?'”

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Nellie McKay On Contributing To Woody Guthrie Tribute Album

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Nellie McKay is amongst the artists that contributed to a Woody Guthrie tribute album called ‘Note of Hope: A Celebration Of Woody Guthrie’, released last week on 429 Records. “I love ‘Old Folks’ because it’s beautiful and noble, in a way only the very old and nature can be. It’s about the essence of life – so many otherwise perceptive people fall into the facile trap of youth worship. Woody’s song is an honest breeze blowing through,” McKay said about the song created with the help of Woody’s words and writings. Nelly admitted as she wrote the song, “I kept wanting to ask his advice.” Listen to and order the album at

Nellie McKay Performs ‘A World Without Love’ & Talks About Her Dogs

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While at a park with her dog and after performing ‘A World Without Love’, Nellie McKay talked with Time Out New York about dogs, Feinstein’s and The Beatles.

“I got my dogs about a year ago,” McKay said about Bessie and Hemp. “They’re really children of nature. I can’t even call them my own. I try to take care of them and to a lesser extent control them… They’re mutts. They’re rescues. The best kind. They could use a little more Cesar Millan (of ‘The Dog Whisperer’) in their life.”

Watch the performance and interview via YouTube below.

Nellie McKay ‘Beneath The Underdog’ Video

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Nellie McKay is out with the music video to her new single ‘Beneath The Underdog’, off the American singer-songwriter’s fifth album ‘Home Sweet Mobile Home’, out now on Verve Records. “The idea that often the less you have, the happier you are,” is what McKay said about the song’s inspiration in an interview with American Songwriter. “That possibility is more enticing than reality.” Watch it via Vimeo below the cut. (more…)

Nellie McKay ‘Caribbean Time’ Free Download

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Nellie McKay is offering her new song ‘Caribbean Time’ for free download. The song is off the English-born American singer-songwriter’s fifth album ‘Home Sweet Mobile Home’, out September 28th on Verve Records. ‘Home Sweet Mobile Home’ will include 13 original tracks and was produced by Nellie and her mother, Robin Pappas, with artistic input from David Byrne.

On TV: Paula Abdul, Mandy Moore, Nellie McKay

Pop acts on television this week include Nellie McKay, who performs with the Brooklyn Philharmonic on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday; Paula Abdul, who visits the inaugural ‘The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet’ on FOX on Monday; Katharine McPhee’s mother Peisha, who visits ‘The Dr. Keith Ablow Show’ on Tuesday to help Dr. Keith counsel mothers who have risked their careers, marriages and life savings for their childĀ¹s one shot at fame; and Mandy Moore, who visits ‘The Late Show’ on Wednesday.

On TV: Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, Nellie McKay

Pop acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken, who performs on ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ on Monday and ‘The Megan Mullally Show’ on Friday; ‘Idol’ season two finalist Kimberley Locke, who visits ‘The Megan Mullally Show’ on Friday; and Nellie McKay, who performs on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Friday.

Nellie McKay’s Disputed Album Rears Its ‘Head’

Billboard reports that more than nine months after its originally scheduled release via Columbia Records, Nellie McKay’s second album, ‘Pretty Little Head’, will finally arrive October 31st on her own label, Hungry Mouse. The 23-song 2-disc set will be marketed and manufactured by indie label spinART Records, and includes a 44-page color booklet.

Nellie McKay Won’t Tour Canada Until Seal Killings Stop

The New York Daily News reports Nellie McKay has joined British singer Morrissey and the charity Friends of Animals in an effort to stop Canada’s annual seal-bashing season. The singer added that she will no longer tour in Canada until the practice has been outlawed.