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

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