The rise and rise of Imelda May has been unstoppable since the release of her album, Mayhem in 2010 in the UK. Already hugely popular in Ireland (with a triple platinum album under her belt) the release of Mayhem in the UK has set her on the same path here.
In the previous years, Imelda released the now gold certified album Mayhem on Decca Records, toured the US and performed at The Grammy Awards with Jeff Beck, and played an extensive festival circuit both at home and abroad – including a storming Glastonbury performance; as well as winning Best Breakthrough Artist at the Classic Rock Awards. In 2011 ‘Mayhem’ peaked at number seven in the album charts.
Born in The Liberties, Dublin, Imelda is the youngest of five siblings and was the most susceptible to the various influences from her older brothers and sisters, which she could hear constantly through the walls of their two bedroom house. There was folk, the obligatory chart pop, and then there was Elvis. Imelda began performing in clubs when she was 16 years old and had the honour of being occasionally barred from her own shows at Dublin’s Bruxelles club for being underage. “I got really obsessed about going to those clubs even though I was way too young to be allowed in. The security guards would turn a blind eye because they knew I was just there for the music. I used to stand at the side of the stage, hoping to get asked up to join a jam session, writing the keys on my arm so I knew what to sing.”
After fifteen years of singing in other peoples bands Imelda finally took the plunge and set up her own band in 2006. The band recorded their previous album, “Love Tattoo” independently and only expected to sell a few hundred copies at gigs, but one Jools Holland performance later and the album had sold triple platinum in Ireland.
Imelda is currently in the studio recording her 3rd Studio Album with Producer Mike Crossey (Jake Bugg, Foals, Ben Howard).