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Imelda May

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Imelda May is a unique vocal talent, one whose gift lies outside the normal order of pop culture time and trends. Inspired by vocal jazz à la Billie Holiday and the sound and look of rockabilly, May began performing with the swing outfit Blue Harlem, and released a handful of independent CDs before scoring attention in 2007 with her nomination for an award as Best Burlesque Singer as well as the release of her more official debut, Love Tattoo. The album featured her strong backing band including her husband, guitarist/co-songwriter Darrel Higham, along with trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Priseman, bassist Al Gare, and drummer Steve Rushton. Critically and commercially well-received, it garnered May some high-profile live gigs, including hitting the road with Jools Holland. It was released in the U.S. by Decca in 2009, followed by two singles, and scored a mid-level success. Her third studio effort, Mayhem, arrived in September of 2010, preceded by the single "Psycho." Also featured on the album was a rockabilly-tinged cover of Gloria Jones' single "Tainted Love," previously made famous by Soft Cell in 1981. Buoyed by the success of Love Tattoo, Mayhem performed similarly well, landing at number one in Ireland and number seven in the U.K. Two years after the release of the album, May announced she was pregnant with her and Higham's first child. In August, 2012, she gave birth to her daughter. In 2014 May released her fourth album, the Mike Crossey-produced Tribal, featuring the singles "It's Good to Be Alive" and "Wild Woman." The album hit number one in Ireland and reached number three on the U.K. albums chart. During promotional duties for Tribal in 2015, May announced she had separated from husband and longtime guitarist/collaborator Higham. They ultimately divorced and Higham launched a solo career. May returned in 2017 with Life. Love. Flesh. Blood, her first album not to feature Higham. The record was more stripped-down than previous efforts, with an accompanying shift in her image that found her eschewing her trademark blonde-accented pompadour in favor of a dark brunette shag. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, it also featured guest performances from friends and collaborators Jeff Beck and Jools Holland. ~ Chris True
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Stations Featuring
Imelda May


    2 songs

    Blues Women

    Blues Women
    3 songs

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    1 song


    1 song

Albums by
Imelda May

Top Songs by
Imelda May

  1.   Song
  2.   Mayhem
  3.   Kentish Town Waltz
  4.   Inside Out
  5.   Psycho
  6.   Johnny Got a Boom Boom
  7.   Pulling the Rug
  8.   Sixth Sense
  9.   It's Good to Be Alive
  10.   Tainted Love
  11.   Big Bad Handsome Man
  12.   Proud and Humble
  13.   How Bad Can a Good Girl Be
  14.   Should've Been You
  15.   Ghost of Love
  16.   Till I Kissed You
  17.   When It's My Time
  18.   Flesh And Blood
  19.   Levitate
  20.   Bad Habit
  21.   Walking After Midnight
  22.   Road Runner
  23.   Let Me Out
  24.   Meet You at the Moon
  25.   Feel Me
  26.   What Am I Gonna Do
  27.   Lovey Dovey Lovely One
  28.   Love And Fear
  29.   My Baby Left Me
  30.   Flame of Love
  31.   Game Changer
  32.   The Longing
  33.   Leave Me Lonely
  34.   Human
  35.   Black Tears
  36.   Call Me
  37.   Zombie Girl
  38.   Amber Eyes
  39.   Dreaming
  40.   I Wanna Dance
  41.   Round the Bend
  42.   Hellfire Club
  43.   Gypsy in Me
  44.   Mr. Five By Five
  45.   I'm Lookin' for Someone to Love
  46.   Bury My Troubles
  47.   It's Your Voodoo Working
  48.   Smotherin' Me
  49.   Smokers' Song
  50.   Love Tattoo
  51.   Knock 123
  52.   Let Us Sing
  53.   Forever You and Me
  54.   Don't Do Me No Wrong
  55.   Once More
  56.   Cry for Me Baby
  57.   Right Amount of Wrong
  58.   Dealing with the Devil
  59.   Five Good Men
  60.   Tribal
  61.   I'm Alive
  62.   Bring My Cadillac Back
  63.   Y'hoo
  64.   Wild About My Lovin
  65.   All for You
  66.   End of the World
  67.   Wild Woman
  68.   No Turning Back
  69.   The Girl I Used To Be
  70.   Little Pixie
  71.   Blues Calling
  72.   Too Sad to Cry
  73.   Sneaky Freak
  74.   Eternity
  75.   Falling in Love with You Again
  76.   When It's My Time by Jools Holland
  77.   Watcha Gonna Do
  78.   Wicked Way
  79.   Gypsy

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