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.
EMay’s most recent album, Let Out Your Ghosts, was produced by multiple Grammy-award winner Jimmy Hoyson and features 10-tracks of alternative folk-rock from the greats who invented the genre: guitarist Marc Ford (The Black Crowes, Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club, The Magpie Salute) keyboardist Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers), percussionist Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, The Toadies) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Richard Thompson, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams).
EMay’s songs reflect her life. She sings of the wildness of nature – both the great outdoors and the vast wilderness in a human heart. She writes about human potential, overcoming great struggles and our fragile but indelible connection to the web of life.
She currently fronts The Soundmen, a rock band comprised of four sound engineers, and B&E, an acoustic duo with her sweetheart. She frequently collaborates to create unique and often genre-bending performances. She has recorded and performed with doom-metal group Black Yo)))ga Meditation Ensemble, Turkish Folk project Kirik Hava, acoustic trio Between Liberties, party rock band The Sectionals and as a session musician.
EMay has independently released six CDs 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, The Purple Fiddle and many more. She has studied with Alanis Morisette, Jorma Kaukonnen, Zoe Jakes, Anne Randolph and loves learning something new from everyone she comes across.
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. At this serene utopia, she creates opportunities for artists to retreat into nature and healthy food through farmhouse concerts, artist retreats, workshops and her strawbale recording studio.
For more on her other non-musical adventures, which include fire-spinning, writing, making art, gardening, riding horses & skiing, visit erikamay.com. You can sign up for her email list or read her blog to hear more about these adventures in her own words.