We share a piece of Blueberry Pie with the adorable Nellie McKayApril 23, 2010 No Comments
Nellie McKay’s “Normal As Blueberry Pie (A Tribute to Doris Day)” album is a ‘Top 5’ smash on America’s Billboard Jazz chart.
One of the big surprise hits of 2009 was “Normal As Blueberry Pie”; a tribute album to the music of Doris Day; lovingly crafted by the British born American singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.
For those of you who hadn’t previously come across McKay’s work she is known in her adopted country as a former stand-up comedienne, an award-winning star of Broadway (“The Threepenny Opera”) and a critically acclaimed vocalist whose repertoire showcases an eclectic mix of genres from jazz, rap, disco to funk. She has also long been an admirer of Ms. Day’s music and is a proud recipient of the ‘Doris Day Music Award’ which she received in 2005 as recognition for her dedication to animal rights. In 2006, she also became one of an elite few who have actually interviewed the Hollywood icon during the last 30 years for the doggie magazine “Bark”. I guess it is no surprise that blonde and cheery McKay, who in many ways personifies a modern day ‘Doris Day’, would one day wish to produce, arrange and perform a heartfelt salute to her idol.
What the songstress has now served us is a very wholesome and dreamy album which features 12 songs handpicked from Day’s illustrious back catalogue of over 600 songs; McKay’s careful selection bridges some of Day’s most pivotal recording eras such as her big-band days of the ’40s, Warner musicals of the ’50s and stylistic prime of the ’60s. Also included is a sparkling new song “If I Ever Had A Dream” which McKay penned embodying the whole spirit of this project.
What sets McKay’s “Doris Day” tribute record apart from the many which came before is the way she did not shy away from the task of reinterpreting each song from her very own unique perspective (i.e. a hip and happening 20-something year old singer). Her bold approach delivers with zest and vigour contemporary arrangements and sincere vocal performances which are each stamped with McKay’s own quirky and sunny approach.
“Normal As Blueberry Pie” was released stateside on CD, Vinyl and digital-download on the 13 October 2009 by Verve Records; the legendary Jazz label renowned for having signed trailblazers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Diana Krall. This, McKay’s 4th studio album is her most successful to date as not only has it been a runaway success on the American Jazz chart but also received many favourable reviews from the music press. McKay’s biggest feat however is to have won the hearts and minds of many of Day’s most ardent fans whilst still attracting a whole new generation of music lover who probably are now discovering Doris for the very first time. So, hats off to you my dear Nellie McKay the ‘Discovering Doris’ website give your album a massive thumbs up!
If you have a craving for a second helping of Nellie’s delightful “Blueberry Pie” then do, do, do go see her on tour. She can be found performing throughout the summer of 2010 at Feinstein’s at The Regency (New York) and in September at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
- Very Thought of You
- Do Do Do
- Wonderful Guy
- Mean to Me
- Crazy Rhythm
- Sentimental Journey
- If I Ever Had a Dream
- Black Hills of Dakota
- Dig It
- Send Me No Flowers
- Close Your Eyes
- I Remember You