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

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