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

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