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

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