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

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