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

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