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

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