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Collette McLafferty

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.