Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer

Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer

By: Collette McLafferty (author)Paperback

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In April of 2014, former edibleRed vocalist Collette McLafferty had the shock of her life when a gig in a P!NK cover band dragged her into a $10,000,000 lawsuit. The Plaintiff, a personal injury attorney who once played drums for Michael Bolton, had a dispute with her band leader claiming he stole the lawyer's idea to start Long Island's first P!NK cover band. Although she had never met the attorney and was only a "hired gun" in the group, McLafferty found herself named in the 112-page complaint. Stunned to learn she could be in a years-long court battle for singing "Raise Your Glass" at a Long Island Bar, Collette made the difficult decision to take her case to the press. She made a late night phone call to The New York Post in hopes of leaving a message. To her surprise, a copy boy was eating lunch at the Tip Desk during the graveyard shift. Sympathetic to her situation, he knew he had a big story on his hands and promised to pitch it the next morning. Although the dispute was mostly between the two men, Collette woke up to the headline "Singer Sued for Being Too Old and Too Ugly for P!NK Cover band" in the paper. The sensationalized headline told a story of a singer who was so "old, ugly and untalented" that her one-night performance prompted the lawyer to sue. This "fake news" version of events went viral worldwide, garnering coverage in Time, Yahoo News and Breitbart. The former MTV "Buzzworthy" artist was dismayed to see her online reputation unceremoniously destroyed as highlights from her 20-year professional history were suddenly buried under pages of career-ending click bait. The headlines alleged she"ruined" the P!NK cover band with her inferior looks and singing, triggering a deep depression. Determined to find justice, McLafferty fought the case and eventually introduced "Collette's Law" with the help of The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda. "Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer" documents the emotional two-year journey of navigating the legal system, while embarking on a quest to clear her name.

About Author

Collette McLafferty moved to New York City on a Greyhound Bus straight out of high school to pursue her dream of singing professionally. Attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, she found an additional source of education singing in nightclubs around the city. This set the stage to later form her first band, edibleRed. Playing venues big and small, edibleRed signed with Select Records/ADA. They released one album "Welcome to My Bad Behavoir", which enjoyed placements on MTV "Buzzworthy", MTV Canada's "Sucker Free" and Showtime's "The L Word". The "Sucker Free" placement presented edibleRed with the honor of being the first rock band to cross over to the popular hip hop program with their cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya". In 2010, Collette branched out as a radio sidekick on "The Dr. Blogstein Show" interviewing the likes of "The Daily Show" correspondent Hasan Minhaj, Coolio and Mary Jo Buttofucco. Additionally, she sang on national TV for commercials for Met Life Insurance, Barbie and Fischer Price. Between the big gigs, Collette ran a steady business providing vocals for independent artists and cover bands. In 2014, she found herself dragged into a $10,000,000 lawsuit between two former band members when she accepted a job singing for one night in a P!NK Tribute Band. Sued by a complete stranger (a personal injury attorney representing himself), Collette went to The New York Post for help when she learned she could be in the legal system for years. Although the case revolved around the two former band members, The NY Post actually ran the headline "Singer Sued for Being Too Old and Ugly for P!NK Coverband". Accompanied by a supermarket tabloid style photo, the misleading headline went viral worldwide. Perez Hilton, Time, Yahoo News, CBS radio and countless media outlets reported that the lawsuit revolved around her alleged bad looks and singing. "Fake News" had not yet become a mainstream topic, so she started the blog "Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer" to separate fact from fiction. The blog was also a form of self therapy as her decades-long career had suddenly been wiped off the internet. A Google search for "bad, ugly singer" now landed Collette on the front page. The lawsuit caught the attention of The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, launching "Collette's Law" aka The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act. Introduced on the Assembly Floor, the bill seeks to award damages to defendants that are wrongfully dragged into the court system. Sponsored by attorney and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, "Collette's Law" has five co-sponsors in The Assembly and is currently awaiting a Senate Sponsor. Collette is currently working on an album to musically document that time period. A nod to Adele's "19", "21" and "25". Collette will release "42", to send a clear message that every year of a woman's life is worthy of an album title. Collette is thrilled to be apart of the New Haven Publishing roster, and is honored to be among authors who have made substantial contributions to both popular and underground music.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781912587001
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9781912587001
  • ISBN10: 1912587009

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