Imelda May

An Irish rockabilly vocalist who has drawn comparisons to Billie Holiday, Imelda May was born Imelda Mary Clabby in Dublin on July 10, 1974. She began singing in pubs and clubs in Ireland until she moved to the UK in 1998 and joined Mike Sanchez (Big Town Playboys and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings). After forming her own band in 2003 she released her debut album No Turning Back. It was to be another five years before she released her second album, 2008’s Love Tattoo. It reached Number 1 in Ireland and was well received by fans and critics alike prompting an invitation from Jools Holland to appear on his TV show. Following the appearance, May's career began to take off and in 2009 she won Female Artist of the Year at the Meteor Awards. 2010’s Mayhem, went to Number 1 and gave her a pair of top 40 hits, the title track and “Kentish Town Waltz”. May subsequently recorded with names such as The Chieftains, Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Meat Loaf, Smokey Robinson, Jools Holland, The Levellers and many more. In 2014 May released her third straight Number 1 album, Tribal, which included her biggest single to that point, the Number 19 hit “It’s Good to Be Alive”. A year later she was the guest on U2's Dublin leg of their world tour. 2017’s Life Love Flesh Blood topped out at Number 2 on the Irish charts, and four years later she returned with 11 Past the Hour.

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