Nell Marie [=McKay=][[note]]last name pronounced "mc-eye"[[/note]] (born April 13, 1982) is a British-born, American-raised singer-songwriter/keyboardist/ukuleleist.

Her music is an eclectic blend of classic pop, jazz and cabaret influences, not to mention occasional forays into rap, reggae and [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly other stuff]]. She's also known for her witty, biting lyrics.

Her 2004 debut album ''Get Away From Me'' received heavy media attention and rave reviews. Attempted ExecutiveMeddling with her second album ''Pretty Little Head'' delayed its release by almost a year, killing some of the buzz and momentum created by her debut album. She's remained a critical favorite and has managed to maintain a loyal fanbase.

No relation to Creator/WinsorMcCay.

* ''Get Away From Me'' (2004)
* ''Pretty Little Head'' (2006)
* ''Obligatory Villagers'' (2007)
* ''Normal as Blueberry Pie - A Tribute to Doris Day'' (2009)
* ''Home Sweet Mobile Home'' (2010)
* ''My Weekly Reader'' (2015)
* ''Sister Orchid'' (2018)

!!This singer provides examples of:

* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Home Sweet Mobile Home'' comes from a repeated line in "Coosada Blues".
* AntiChristmasSong: She released two via her website in 2007, "A Christmas Dirge" and "Take Me Away".
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: "Lali Est Paresseux" is basically a bunch of [[http://lyrics.wikia.com/Nellie_McKay:Lali_Est_Paresseux grammatically correct French non-sequitur sentences.]]
--->Avez-vous de la glace ce soir? (''Do you have ice cream tonight?'')
--->Il est temps de partir ce soir (''It's time to leave tonight'')
--->Oui apportez une chaise ce soir (''Yes, bring me a chair tonight'')
--->Je n'aime pas beaucoup cela ce soir (''I don't like this much tonight'')
* CerebusSyndrome: ''Home Sweet Mobile Home'', while not exactly grim, is still noticeably less lighthearted than her earlier work.
* CloningBlues: Averted in "Clonie", a happy tune about how cool it would be to have a clone to hang out with.
* ConceptAlbum: Not yet, except the Doris Day album. But her live shows ''I Want To Live'' (based on the [[Film/IWantToLive 1958 film]]) and ''Silent Spring-It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature'' (about environmentalist Rachel Carson) amount to concept albums performed on stage, in the way they mix originals, [[CoverVersion covers]] and monologues.
* CoverAlbum: ''Normal as Blueberry Pie - A Tribute to Doris Day'', ''My Weekly Reader'' (music from TheSixties), ''Sister Orchid'' (Great American Songbook).
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Get Away From Me'' and ''Pretty Little Head'' could both fit on a single CD but were released as doubles, so that changing [=CDs=] would act as the functional equivalent of turning a record over to the other side. [=McKay=] and Sony clashed over this for ''Pretty Little Head''. She wanted a double album, they wanted a single disc. She ultimately left Sony and released it on her own label.
* EpicRocking: So far she's avoided this. Her longest song, "Zombie", is just under 6 minutes.
* GenreRoulette: All of her albums, but especially the first two. The first four songs on ''Get Away From Me'' go from bouncy mid-tempo jazz with a dash of reggae ("David") to somber slow jazz ("Manhattan Avenue") to rap ("Sari") to a song that sounds like something out of a Creator/JulieAndrews movie ("Ding Dong").
* GratuitousSpanish: The refrain of "Suitcase Song" is "me falta una maleta" (roughly "I need a suitcase").
* IApprovedThisMessage: She closes "Mother of Pearl" by saying "I'm [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Kucinich Dennis Kucinich]] and I approve this message."
* LyricalDissonance: Oh, how she loves this: "Won't U Please B Nice" is a perky jazz tune where she repeatedly threatens to kill a guy if he doesn't return her affection. "Ding Dong" is a Broadway-style song about insanity and death, implicitly by [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]. "I Wanna Get Married" sounds like a sweet romantic ballad, but it's actually a satire on suburban soccer moms (though WordOfGod says it's not mean-spirited and meant to be partly [[AffectionateParody affectionate]]). "Columbia is Bleeding" mixes uptempo music and catchy rapid-fire vocals in a song protesting animal testing at universities.
* MinisculeRocking: "Livin' " (:24), "Pounce" (:56), and a handful of other songs under 2 minutes (mainly on ''Pretty Little Head'').
* NonAppearingTitle: "Toto Dies", "Cupcake", "Yodel", "The Big One", "G.E.S.", "Gladd", "Mother of Pearl", "Oversure", "Gin Rummy", "Galleon", "Unknown Reggae".
* ObsessionSong: "Baby Watch Your Back".
* OlderThanTheyLook: She turned 30 in 2012 but she could ''still'' pass for 18 or 19.
* PlutoIsExpendable: "Identity Theft": "as far as I'm concerned, Pluto's still a planet".
* ShoutOut: The lines about Maxine Schreck at the beginning of "Oversure" are presumably referencing the character from ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter''.
* [[SiameseTwinSongs Siamese Triplet Songs]]: "Oversure"/"Gin Rummy"/"Livin' "
* SomethingBlues: "Coosada Blues", about the tiny town of Coosada, Alabama, except the town isn't mentioned in the lyrics.
* TheSomethingSong: ''Get Away From Me'' has "The Dog Song", "Suitcase Song" and "Work Song", but she hasn't done it since then.
* SongStyleShift: "There You Are in Me" from ''Pretty Little Head'' is restrained and piano driven in the verses, sounding like a quiet number from a Music/StephenSondheim musical. In the choruses it switches to GothicMetal a la Music/{{Evanescence}}.
* SpecialGuest: Music/CyndiLauper on "Beecharmer", k.d. lang on "We Had It Right".
* StalkerWithACrush: A recurring theme on ''Get Away From Me''. "Baby Watch Your Back" is explicitly sung from the POV of one, while "David" and "Won't U Please B Nice" could also be interpreted that way.
* StrawFeminist: "Mother of Pearl" thoroughly mocks the attitude that leads to this trope.
* TakeThat: The title of her debut album ''Get Away From Me'' is a riff on two earlier albums by jazzy piano-playing female vocalists: ''Come Away With Me'' by Norah Jones and ''Come Dream With Me'' by Jane Monheit.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Sari" shifts keys mid-song.
* VulgarHumor: "Livin' "
* WakingUpElsewhere: "Gin Rummy" opens with the line "Wake up in a small cafe".
* {{Yandere}}: The narrator of "Won't U Please B Nice".
* XtremeKoolLetterz: "Won't U Please B Nice".