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Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer

Yep. This really happened.

“Between Two Jobs” Podcast with Adam P Murphy!

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining Adam P Murphy on his podcast “Between Two Jobs” talking about the valleys between the peaks when working as a creative professional.

In my case we discuss the lawsuit, tabloid media and the crazy events that put my life on hold back in 2014. And of course, we talk about “Confession of a Bad, Ugly Singer”, the book! (As opposed to this years old blog that somehow y’all are still finding. I first met Adam when he was doing a show at the Parkside Lounge and then later reconnected with him in the film “Return To Nuke Em High”.

Even cooler, if you go to his podcast and check out the episode before mine, he interviews one of the guys from Celebrity Death Match!!!

First chapter of “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” is available to read for free at Vocal.media!

Hey guys, it’s been a minute since I’ve check in on the blog. Enjoying my summer. I’ll be working on a second edition of the book sometimes this year. Until then, here is a free chapter of the first edition! I’m also over on Quora a lot these days.

https://criminal.media/confessions-of-a-bad-ugly-singer

If you have the book and you have constructive feedback I am all ears!

 

 

Peace,

Collette

“Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” the book turns one years old!

Greetings and salutations! I haven’t been on this blog for a hot minute. I feel it might make sense to eventually create content here at some point.

It’s a little crazy seeing some of these old posts. I was non stop stressed out for two years with the lawsuit and media… I had kind of lost my mind. Ok, not kind of… I flat out lost my shit. But I’m OK with that. Anyone in my position would have done the same.

I haven’t posted a whole lot because I have been without a laptop for almost a year! I was glued to my laptop during litigation so I’m cool with that. Maybe it’s time to get a computer again.

It’s been pretty crazy wrapping my head around being a published author. “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” the book is now a year old! Now that I have some distance from it, I see so many things I want to change. My mom likes to point out I repeat myself a lot. From a literary standpoint, I know the book can be better. There is absolutely an option to work on a second edition. I’m torn between promoting the one that is out now and taking a step back to make it tighter.

Its funny hearing little tidbits from readers. Many people agree that the silence of the P!NK camp is a little shocking. I’m glad it’s not just me! I can’t escape P!NK… she is everywhere!

One thing is for certain. I came out the other side. Sometimes it felt as if I never would. I sent a book to Carey Hart. It was rejected and sent back to Amazon. I also sent one to Roger Davies Management, P!NK’s mom and Eva Gardner. I believe in my heart if they really knew how serious all this was, somebody would say something.

The book that was sent to P!NK’s mom was forwarded a couple times and ended up in Sarasota.

A coworker of mine who is an astrologist did a read on my chart. Apparently it was in the cards for me to experience an “extreme loss of identity”. She showed me some crazy shit on a website that detailed that it would be a scary transition, but Ok once I landed.

There were so many times I wondered if P!NK Tributegate had any meaning at all… or if it was just a random event to live on from. She assured me that it does indeed have meaning, will tie into my life’s work and will evolve in a more positive ways ahead. She said my story arc is about half way over.

Collette’s Law is back to the drawing board. Luis Sepulveda is now in the Senate and we weren’t able to get past the Trial Lawyers’ Lobby… so I am figuring out how to revisit my advocacy work. It would have been huge had it passed. What matters is I tried and took a stand.

My book was pitched to Ian Anderson at the New York Post. Ian’s response after reading the back cover: You realize I work at The New York Post right? Classic.

For the first time in my life I have not sang very much. I miss it. The book took so much focus, I took a long break. I decided to just focus on getting inspired again.

I still live in New York City. I still want to go to Austin or Nashville or Knoxville but I still feel there is unfinished business here!

That’s it in a nutshell. Thank you to everyone who got the book!

Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer is available for pre-sale in the UK!!!

It’s been a hot minute since I have been on the blog. The good news is that I moved on with my life. The bad news is that P!NK Tributegate will never completely go away. It is forever a part of me and every once in a while I will have to dust it off to psychologically

 

“Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” went on pre-sale today in the UK!!! It is available at Waterstone Books and if you would consider buying it I will name my first newborn or next cat after you. Thank you to those who stood by me during such a fucked up time!!! Thank you to Jeff Schmidt from NY Creative, Teddie Dahlin from New Haven Publishing and Bruce Caines for a BOMB cover photo!!! See y’all on the flipside.

Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer (Paperback)

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Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer (Paperback)

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.

Publisher: New Haven Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781912587001
Number of pages: 300

Before I turn off “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer”.

I’m going to turn off “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” in a couple more days. It just feels like the right thing to do… for now. I’m about to get my hair cut. I don’t want any of the same hair on my head that was present during the lawsuit. I want a fresh start. I wish I could say that this is 100% behind me forever, but the truth is it is my identity now  and there is no escaping it. Almost every time I go out, it comes up. It even affected my dating life. Last year, I was heavily pursued by someone. Things were going pretty well and we started dating. One day, on a date,  he told me that one of his work colleagues announced in front of his co-workers that he was dating the “girl who was sued for being too ugly”. Shortly after, this man who had pursued me denied that he had ever really liked me like that in the first place and that we were never dating.

Charming.

I’d love to shrug it off and say his loss (which it is) and pretend like it’s not a big deal.

It’s a big deal. I still want the truth out.

Crazy to think the massive domino effect that a complete stranger could have on my life.

Every part of my life.

Thanks, Chuck,

Taking down Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer in a week… so read up while you can.

Hey guys, I’m going to leave up this blog for another week and then take it down for a bit. When I started this blog I was pretty fucking traumatized.

I was also quite drunk.

Everything that went down in 2014 was so weird, so stressful, so bizarre that there was no way I was going through it sober. I didn’t really drink excessively, but I’d have one or two drinks every day to help process everything that was going on. I would go into the day time bars and tell the bartender everything that had happened.

Yes, I was that girl drinking in the daytime, telling the bartender her problems. Fortunately, the story was as fascinating and even at times funny while being completely violating at the same time.  Anyone can listen to this story once. I had to tell it 1000 times just to process that “yep, this really happened.”. Don’t worry, I rotated my bars, so no bartender would have to live through hearing it multiple times (feedback has it that it’s less riveting after you’ve heard it 20 times).

I was pretty pissed off, which I think we can all agree was understandable. 

This blog was the work of a pretty stressed out, pissed off and mildly drunk girl working out her own trauma for the world to see. Since the trauma was induced in front of the whole world, I believe it’s appropriate to talk about.

Things are different now. I wake up at 5AM and I am living pretty zen/clean living these days. I have substantially less anger because life needs to go on.  I also am not the only one that needs to heal from this. I got some shit from a small handful of people who gave me shit for my act of forgiveness. To be honest, it wasn’t an overnight thing. I had a pretty heavy duty “decompressing” period of several months.

I no longer relate to the person who needs to write this blog to survive. I may edit the blog, I may delete it. I might put it back up. I’ll be working on the book, so I’ll probable pull some stuff form the blog into the book. . Read up while you can.

New Vlog: Behind the scenes with The New York Post.

I recently started working on my once neglected Youtube channel. I decided to go more in depth to talk about my experiences with the media and the “fake news” element of P!NK Tributegate.

Fake news is a hot button topic and it is everywhere. While I love blogging and writing, sometimes it’s hard to get the full picture of the story without the inflection of the human voice. Now that the lawsuit is over and “Collette’s Law” is making some traction, I still feel a strong urge to keep exposing the media aspect of this story. So much of what we consume in media is blatantly false, yet has such an influence on our society.

I’m revisiting my album “42”. When I started on it almost two years ago it was just a collection of songs. The album is going to have more of an emphasis on my overall journey with the legal system and media. I’ll be posting some songs and snippets over there. Come join me!

Update on life after P!NK Tributegate…

Yes, there is life after P!NK Tributegate. Some updates for you!

  1. As you’ll see I don’t post a whole lot on COBUS anymore. I think that is because I have finally gotten over the hump of talking about it. This is a good thing. I may check in from time to time if there is any update on “Collette’s Law”…
  2. Looks like I have some music coming out soon. A track I worked on almost 10 years ago just started to surface.
  3. I started writing on Quora. It all happened very randomly. I have almost 4,000,000 views on my writing, which is blowing my mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEYV7cjO2rM     The great thing about Quora, is that I can spread the word that some media outlets are reporting things about me that are not true. I think it’s important for people to know which outlets and reporters are doing this.
  4. I am overwhelmed with how to move forward with the book. I still don’t feel like the story has ended.
  5. Getting back to the album.
  6. I really think the P!NK camp should acknowledge this at this point, just saying. unknown

Collette’s Law has finally been introduced on the Assembly Floor!

I’ll be honest, I kind of thought it wasn’t going to get this far. There has been so much stone walling  in so many directions over the last couple years, I  was about to give up.

It has finally been introduced and is getting an index  number. Details coming soon!

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