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

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