A soulful singer, exceptional fingerpicking guitarist and eclectic songwriter, EMay is most frequently compared to Alanis Morisette, Grace Potter, Joni Mitchell or Janis Joplin, and is poised to sit in the upper echelon of female singer-songwriters.
In 2016, EMay began working with Grammy-award winning producer Jimmy Hoyson alongside guitarist Marc Ford (The Black Crowes, Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club, The Magpie Salute) keys player Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers), percussionist Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, The Toadies) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Richard Thompson, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams).
The resulting album, Let Out Your Ghosts, is slated to be released in 2019 on Mountains Wide Records.
EMay’s songs explore themes reflect the vastness of her life, from farm homestead living as a food-grower and beekeeper in West Virginia, to the city-dwelling culture enthusiast who vagabonds around the world in search of light and beauty in people and places.
Mainly, she sings of the wildness of nature – both the great outdoors and the vast expanse of wilderness in the human heart. She writes about human potential, our innate ability to overcome great struggle and our indelible connection to the web of life.
She fronts The Soundmen, a rock band comprised of four sound engineers. She is a member of doom-metal group Black Yo)))ga Meditation Ensemble. She has been a principal member of Turkish Folk project Kirik Hava, acoustic trio Between Liberties, party rock band The Sectionals. She has released four CDs independently since 2011. She has opened for 10,000 Maniacs, Rusted Root, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, The Black Lilies, and has performed at TedX, Stanford, Freight & Salvage and The Purple Fiddle. She has studied with Alanis Morisette, Jorma Kaukonnen, Zoe Jakes, Anne Randolph and more.
After growing up in the Boston suburbs and spending many years in Pittsburgh, EMay now lives at Healthberry Farm in the rural mountains of West Virginia, where she is a beekeeper and grows most of her own food. For more on her other non-musical adventures, which include fire-spinning, writing poetry, advocating for artists, producing festivals, riding horses & snowboarding, visit erikamay.com. You can also sign up for her email list or read her blog to hear more about these adventures in her own words.