Other workOn February 1, 2007, McKay joined Laurie Anderson, Joan Osborne, Suzanne Vega and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra for Four Scored
, a single performance of reworked songs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
McKay also had a role in P.S. I Love You
, a 2007 film directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. McKay was cast as Ciara Reilly, sister of Holly Kennedy (played by Hilary Swank). She has written three Christmas-themed songs, "A Christmas Dirge", "Take Me Away", and "Weed (All I Want for Christmas)".
McKay is featured in the song "How Are You?" on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's concept album Here Lies Love
, released in 2010. The album chronicles the life of Imelda Marcos.
McKay, along with violinist Philippe Quint, starred in and contributed music to the independent film Downtown Express
, directed by David Grubin.
Her musical show "I Want to Live!" is based on the life of murderer Barbara Graham, who also inspired a 1958 film with the same name. Another show, "A Girl Named Bill", draws upon the life of transgender jazz musician Billy Tipton.
Nellie Mckay had also had her music published in the television show "Weeds" by Jenji Kohan.
Season 1, Episode 1.
McKay is a vocal feminist, and wrote a satirical song relating to feminist issues called "Mother of Pearl".
McKay "is a proud member of PETA" (album notes) and a vegan; her song "Columbia Is Bleeding" dealt with the issue of Columbia University's cruelty to animals. She wrote a 2004 song ("John John") about her feelings in favor of political candidate Ralph Nader over Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
She has performed at events for the progressive radio station WBAI, Planned Parenthood, Farm Sanctuary, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, among many groups. McKay was one of several musicians to write a song in support of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis.
- 2004: Get Away from Me
- 2006: Pretty Little Head
- 2007: Obligatory Villagers
- 2009: Normal as Blueberry Pie - A Tribute to Doris Day
- 2010: Home Sweet Mobile Home
- 2015: My Weekly Reader
- 2018: Sister Orchid
Soundtracks and covers
- 2005: Rumor Has It... : "Pasadena Girl", "Face of a Faith"
- 2005: Monster-in-Law : "Won't U Please B Nice"
- 2005: Weeds : "David"
- 2007: P.S. I Love You : ""P.S. I Love You"
- 2010: Terrible Thrills, Vol. 1
- 2010: Downtown Express
- 2010: Boardwalk Empire : "Wild Romantic Blues"
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