Born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, Imelda has become one of the most famous Irish female artists in history. Her album “Love Tattoo”, written and produced by herself in 2008, is the best-selling album of all time by an Irish female artist, and her most recent album, “11 Past the Hour”, is her fourth number 1 in Ireland and her fourth Top 10 in the UK. Imelda’s latest albums move away from her rockabilly revival style, with a sound that sits firmly outside any clearly defined genre box, broadly encompassing blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz.
Imelda was discovered by Jools Holland, who asked her to support him on tour, and has performed alongside legendary artists such as Lou Reed, Bono, Tom Jones, Noel Gallagher, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and most recently with Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum on his debut album The Capitol Studios Sessions, and with Ronnie Wood on his Chuck Berry tribute album and tour “Mad Lad”. She has performed around the world in front of royalty and politicians such as Obama, at the 52nd Grammy Awards with Jeff Beck or singing the Irish national anthem in Las Vegas before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight in 2017 with a television audience of one billion people in 200 countries.
Imelda has co-hosted BBC’s Later with Jools Holland and presented her own series “The Imelda May Show” for RTE Ireland in 2018. In 2021 she shot her first major film role alongside James Purefoy in Fisherman Friends 2, which will be released in cinemas in 2022, and presented SKY Arts’ literary travel series “The Voices of Ireland”, which will air this December.
In addition to selling millions of records worldwide, Imelda is also a women’s rights activist and poet, having just released her first book of poetry “A Lick & A Promise” on Faber Music, instantly debuting at #8 on the Irish Times Best Sellers List (Hardback Non Fiction).