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Imelda May

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Imelda May

Imelda May Biography

Imelda Mary Higham, professionally known as Imelda May, is an Irish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Although known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhrán, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine. Described as "a unique vocal talent," May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday.Early life and career May was born in Dublin on 10 July 1974 in the Liberties in the south inner city. She is the youngest of five siblings, with sisters Edel Foy and Maria O'Reilly, and brothers Brendan Clabby and Fintan Clabby. In 1991, she attended Senior College Ballyfermot, where she studied Art, Graphi...
Imelda Mary Higham, professionally known as Imelda May, is an Irish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Although known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhrán, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine. Described as "a unique vocal talent," May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday.

Early life and career

May was born in Dublin on 10 July 1974 in the Liberties in the south inner city. She is the youngest of five siblings, with sisters Edel Foy and Maria O'Reilly, and brothers Brendan Clabby and Fintan Clabby. In 1991, she attended Senior College Ballyfermot, where she studied Art, Graphics and Printmaking.

Her career began at age 16 when she began touring the Dublin club circuit and she was occasionally barred from her own shows at Dublin's Bruxelles club for being underage. "I was getting tips from the best musicians in Dublin," May said. "One of them said, 'your voice is great, but it needs to roughen.'" It was around this time, when driving a tearful Imelda to a gig after a boyfriend break-up, that her father asked her, "Is your heart broken? Excellent. Now you can sing the blues." She moved to the UK in 1998 and shortly after toured with Mike Sanchez.

Professional career

May at the Azkena Rock Festival, Spain, 2010
“Some people think the only way of doing well or of having a career in music is to go the X Factor route, but a lot of people lose the joy out of music by going that way, possibly because they're so incredibly focused on other people's ideas of success.”

Imelda May in 2009, selected as a quote of that year by The Irish Times.

In 2003, May released No Turning Back. In 2007 she signed a recording contract with Ambassador Records, and recorded her second album. May's second album Love Tattoo reached No.1 in Ireland and received wide critical acclaim. She caught the attention of Jools Holland, whom she later supported on tour, which led him to request that she appear on his well-known music show Later... with Jools Holland. She won Female Artist of the Year at the 2009 Meteor Awards.

On 31 January 2010, she performed at the 52nd Grammy Awards with Jeff Beck in tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford. She released her third studio album, Mayhem, in Ireland on 3 September 2010 — again reaching No. 1 in the Irish Album Charts — and in the United Kingdom on 4 October 2010.

May soon after appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In 2016, May performed at RTÉ's Centenary Concert to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the 1916 Rising. In the U.K. May appeared on Nevermind The Buzzcocks with the late Terry Wogan, the Graham Norton Show and sang live on Strictly Come Dancing. May worked with BIMM music college in Dublin to provide a scholarship (which they named after her) for up and coming artists.

May's fifth album, Life Love Flesh Blood, was released on 7 April 2017. She collaborated with American musician T Bone Burnett on the record, who produced the album. Throughout the creative process, May received guidance from U2 vocalist Bono. Life Love Flesh Blood won critical acclaim and reached no. 4 in the UK charts. On 18 May 2017 May performed Life Love Flesh Blood at a special concert in the prestigious London Palladium.

In Ireland, May also had her own music TV show The Imelda May Show showcasing the best of Irish and international talent. May performed the Irish national anthem on 26 August 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, prior to the Floyd Mayweather v.s. Conor McGregor fight.

Performances with other artists

Imelda May and Jeff Beck at the Beacon Theatre, 28 March 2011

May has recorded with, and performed with, a variety of artists.

She has worked with producers Mike Crossey, Tony Visconti, Peter Asher and most recently[when?] the multi-Grammy Award Winner T Bone Burnett.[citation needed]

She performed at a tribute concerts for Bill Wyman's 80th birthday, a live recorded concert for Jacques Dutronc, and a live recorded concert with and for Tony Biscontu for Sky Arts.[citation needed] In 2010 she performed with Jeff Beck honoring Les Paul at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, where the session was recorded for DVD and HBO and subsequently toured the U.S. with Jeff Beck for 5 weeks. In December 2011 she sold out 2 nights at O2 Dublin, with Bono making a surprise appearance as her guest. May was the surprise guest in Dublin for U2's homecoming show on the band's 2015 Innocence + Experience tour: Bono called her "the other queen of Ireland" as she came on stage to perform 'Desire', streamed live online to millions of viewers.



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Imelda May Discography

  • 2009AlbumLove Tattoo
  • 2009AlbumNo Turning Back
  • 2010SingleInside Out
  • 2010SinglePsycho
  • 2011AlbumMayhem
  • 2012AlbumMore Mayhem
  • 2014SingleBeautiful Day (feat. Imelda May)
  • 2014AlbumTribal
  • 2015SingleWaltz Around the Kitchen
  • 2017AlbumLife Love Flesh Blood
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