Colette McLafferty lived through an unbelievable, yet true, experience and Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer is her account of that time. She is a professional musician, and at the time of this experience she was working as a session singer and singing in several tribute bands. but then in 2011, she was hired to sing at one gig in New York in a new PINK cover band. She was paid $75 for the appearance. Shockingly, a short time later she found herself embroiled in a $10.000.000 lawsuit that ended up consuming her life for a long, difficult time. The lawsuit should have only involved a lawyer and former drummer for Michael Bolton, who brought the suit, and the band leader, who the lawyer claimed stole his idea to form NewYork’s first Pink tribute band. But the lawyer dragged Collette into it, claiming she “conspired to commit” the theft of his intellectual property. At the time, she barely knew the band leader and had never met the lawyer.
To be an innocent person dragged into the legal system was bad and costly enough, but then the media git involved, The New York Post took certain comments by the plaintiff and twisted them, claiming in a headline that she was sued for “Being Too Old and Too Ugly” for the band, Other newspapers and websites picked the story up and it went viral, with some adding that she was also a bad singer. Collette was barely 40 at the time and had been singing professionally for years.
imagine how it felt to see those headlines everywhere. Naturally, she fell anger and depression, although I am proud to say that she records in the book that when she was desperate for one media outlet to try to get the real story, Making A Scene’s editor, Richard L’Hommediey, reached out to her and gave her the opportunity to tell it, Nevertheless, she was struggling. But then she decided to fight back!
Editors Note: you can listen to the original interview with Collette and read the article published in Making a Scene HERE
You will be outraged by this book, and frustrated. You may exclaim out loud, in fact, multiple times. Collette herself is sometimes frustrating. But she is also brave and determined to find justice. You will feel proud as she stands against ageism and fake news as well as unfair lawsuits. You will ultimately be inspired and possibly ready to try to change a few things yourself.
This is an engrossing book, although I do not like the title. It should be “Confessions of a Singer Who is not Bad or Ugly.” It is highly recommended!