Learn about Lindsay May

Learn about Lindsay May

“Every guitar slide, breathy harmony and note is Nashville-quality.” Grade A-, the Vancouver Province

“Ten perfect songs gathering together on one album reminding us that albums can be good from start to finish. “ Mossip Journal

“With her unique phrasing and distinctive smoky tone, she doesn’t emulate any singer of today.  Lindsay is one of a kind.” - earshot

“Here’s another example of the fine musical talent this country has to offer. “ - Scene Magazine

“Bronze and Blue is brimming over with foot tapping melodies ..... her songs are that good.” Herizons Magazine

May, 2015 - "Lindsey gets 4 E's! Entertaining, engaging, energetic, and expressive. A thoroughly enjoyed show from start to finish. Great songs and variety mixed with personal stories had the audience entranced."
(J. Braymen)
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Lindsay May is an acoustic guitar and mandolin wielding songstress with itchy feet and alternating zip codes.  A prolific songwriter with a direct connection to her muse, Lindsay wrote enough material for her and Mark Gordon to record and produce two americana/alt-country albums at once.  Her second and third albums.  Folks says she sounds like a mix of k.d.lang, Kathleen Edwards, Alison Krauss and Lucinda Williams and Linda Rondstadt.  And most recently, Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies, crossed with Janis Joplin.)

Both albums were recorded at Vancouver's Nimbus recording studios in 2011/2012.  The first album 'Shimmer', was released in March 2012 to a Grade A- review form the Vancouver Province.  The second, Girl with Grit - an album about not giving up - was released January 2014 followed by a three month tour across Canada during the most frigid winter in 30 years.  It ended in late March with a NERFA showcase in New Jersey and a trip of a lifetime drive home through the US and then back up into Canada.... and once home, an incredibly long nap.

During 2014 touring she was asked back to the Revelstoke summer arts program, toured with Matt Patershuk and Jodi Doidge and played several festivals in BC and Alberta.  Then on Canadian Thanksgivings, she was back to New Jersey to open for the folk legend John Gorka and then played a VIA rail train (again) all the way back to BC. 

Lindsay has been a serious songwriter for over ten years.  She was accepted into the Bill Henderson/Roy Forbes songwriting workshops in Summerland, BC for five years straight, has read every songwriting how-to book she could find and attended every workshop and seminar that was available.  She then wrote, released and toured her debut album 'Bronze and Blue' in 2008 and toured it across Canada, visited Nashville and even spent a few summers busking to hone her skills and get feedback.  And it has paid off.

Lindsay May was

Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2012 at Texas' prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.  A festival all about songwriting.  
A Vancouver Folk Festival Picking a Folk Star Ukelele Song Contest Runner Up in 2011. 
A New Mountain Stage Regional Songwriting Finalist in 2010
Top 10 Shore 104.3 Sounds of Summer Songsearch Finalist.  


Not only are her songwriting skills top notch, also, her live performance skills keep getting her some prime gigs including being asked to open for Valdy, John Gorka and Shari Ulrich and being asked back 4 times to perform at Harmony Arts Festival and Vancouver's Motown Meltdown charity benefit at the Commodore Ballroom.


"Equipped with an engaging stage presence and a sincere gift for gab, she’s also blessed with a larger-than-life voice and the enthusiasm to drive it home, commanding complete attention."  - Roots Music Canada



First: There is her voice; with its ability to carry all the hurt and hope in the world home to a safe place in her ever-hungry heart. 

Second; A prolific writer; she pens songs for breakfast, lunch and dinner; inviting the muse on every possible occasion.

Third; She plays guitar and mandolin with flair, and is at home performing solo or with a host of talented sidemen.  

Now; 2013 finds Lindsay May living in Vancouver, BC having released 'Shimmer' on March 1, 2012, the first of two albums she recorded and co-produced at Nimbus School of Recording Arts.

'Shimmer', features new material and songs 'Lie To You', 'Nashville' and Spinning 45's', which caught the music industry's attention and garnered her a Top 10 spot in Vancouver's Shore 104.3fm's Songsearch, a Regional Finalist placement in the New Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest and a performance at Texas' Kerrville Folk Festival.

Her stellar live performances at Shorefest, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, three years at Harmony Arts Festival and two years at Motown Meltdown have entertained and made sure she was asked back. 

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.

How Lindsay May's album 'Shimmer', was made;  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'....

Stay tuned for what is sure to be an exciting year for westcoast songbird, Lindsay May.

File alongside fellow sirens of song: Kathleen Edwards, Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crow, Patti Griffin, Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash and Canada’s own k.d. lang.

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 and 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 album 'Shimmer', to be released in March 2012.

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.  As a testament to all her hard work Lindsay was selected to participate at the Songwriter’s Association of Canada‘s Red Cedar Songwriting Camp for five 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.  


“Every guitar slide, breathy harmony and note is Nashville-quality which is exactly where her music is geared. It’s time that DJs started showing some love to songs such as the “party all night” vibe of 'Spinning 45s' and the tour de force of 'Lie to You'. That she’s blessed with killer pipes which can go all torch singer on a tune such as “Stick Around,” only to slide into almost ’70s Laurel Canyon country/rock balladry on “It Ain’t Easy . . . Being Me,” is one more bit of icing on the cake. Guess that’s why she does everything from solo gigs to the annual Motown Meltdown charity gig at the Commodore Ballroom with such ease.”

Shimmer Album Review: Grade: A-, Stuart Derdeyn, the Vancouver Province

“Another example of the fine musical talent this country has to offer.” - Scene Magazine

“'Bronze and Blue' is brimming over with foot tapping melodies.” - Herizons Magazine

“Lindsay is one of a kind.” - !earshot magazine

“Memorable choruses and meaningful lyrics that punch through nicely.” - RadioIndy

“Lindsay May delivers a power-packed set.  Big vocals, warm and strong, or downright tender when the song calls for it.” - John Pippus, Vancouver Booking Agent

“And then there is the sound of her voice.  It is unique ... an unforgettable night.” - Kelowna Fringe Folk Club