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

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