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

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