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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


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    Blues Women

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

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