In this add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One, Vancouver BC native Lindsay May makes a very good case for spending more than just a long weekend visiting Nashville. Wow. This is a slow country-does-the-blues piece that feels a lot like Bonnie Raitt or Patti Griffin. It’s a beautifully crafted song with stand-out vocals and a great lyric sheet. And Lindsay May definitely has her groove on for this tune.
2012 finds Lindsay May living in scenic Vancouver, BC having just released the first of two albums in March 2012. A collection of soulful, uplifting and fun songs – a rebirth of her creative self. She recorded and co-produced both albums at Vancouver’s Nimbus School of Recording Arts with Mark Gordon and Cody Taylor engineering.
Mark phoned up Lindsay in early 2011 and said ‘I’d like to make an album with you, how many songs do you have?’. Lindsay called him back several days later and being the overachiever that she is, said ‘Fifteen’….
The first album ‘Shimmer’, released March 1, 2012, features new material including her song ‘Lie To You’, which caught the music industry’s attention and garnered her a Top 10 spot in Vancouver’s Shore 104.3fm’s Songsearch and a Regional Finalist Placement (Canada) in the New Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest.
Her stellar live performances at Shorefest, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Harmony Arts Festival and Motown Meltdown have entertained audiences and made sure she was asked back in subsequent years. (Three years in a row for Harmony Arts Festival and two years in a row for Motown Meltdown).
She was also the runner up in the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s ‘Pickin’ a Folk Star’ Ukelele Songwriting Contest. She rented a ukelele for the weekend, wrote ‘Folk Fest Time’, et voila.
Born and raised in Kelowna BC, Lindsay May knew from a young age that she wanted to make music with her life, and found a that she had a knack for turning heartache into therapeutic verse and melodies that hang on long after the fire dies down.
After an encouraging opening set for international folk singer James Keelaghan and a spot in Kelowna’s Woodstock Festival, she made the move out to Vancouver in 2004 to go head to head with some of the province’s best singer/songwriters. With a seemingly endless supply of energy and passion she performs regularly at festivals , house concerts and various venues around British Columbia as well as showcasing at the city’s best nightclubs.
Her debut full length album Bronze & Blue (2008) with its retro sounds showcased her ability to marry blues and rock while keeping you swaying on the dance floor until dawn. Recorded in Kelowna with sound engineer Steve Todd (Sue Medley) and produced by Mike Ohman (Peter Mann and the Lonely) this cd features a stellar cast of players including Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Rod Stewart, John Fogerty) and Pat Steward (Bryan Adams, the Odds) on drums. Bronze and Blue was nominated for 3 BC Interior Music Awards. Available on iTunes. Her most recent recordings were done with talented Vancouver-based producer and songwriter Babe Gurr featuring some of Vancouver’s hottest session players. Stay tuned for her upcoming 2010 album.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and shelves overflowing with books from songwriting to the music industry, to self help in all its forms, Lindsay May is easily one of the artists most committed to self improvement in the music business today. Her mantra: “If you want to get better at something, you have to do it everyday,” – and she does. A testament to all her hard work Lindsay has been selected to be a participant Songwriter’s Association of Canada‘s Red Cedar Songwriting Camp for five straight years straight, working with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes to improve her craft while sharing hers with peers and new recruits at this popular workshop series.
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