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Nellie McKay

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Status: Single

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Her music has showcased different genres from jazz to rap and disco to funk. Her eclectic style and sharp lyrics distinguish her as an original voice. Her songs sometimes have a political tinge; she "is a proud member of PETA" (album notes), wrote a song ("Columbia Is Bleeding") dealing with the issue of Columbia University's cruelty to animals, and ("John John") about her feelings in favor of political candidate Ralph Nader as well as performing concerts as benefits for WBAI.

Similarly, the music chain HMV Canada promoted Pretty Little Head as having a Canadian issue date of February 7, 2006, but no release occurred.

After SpinART declared bankruptcy in 2007, Pretty Little Head was released by Sony in its original, 23-track 2-CD version, effectively bringing this album back to Columbia.

Nellie eventually talked about the issue with her age in an interview with Time Out New York saying: "You should always lie during interviews. I don’t know why more people don’t lie about their age, considering what an ageist society we live in. When I told Sony I was about to turn 19, they said, “Oh, we don’t have to tell anyone.” People pay more attention to you when you have a teen attached to your name."


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