Meet E.May

EMay – the moniker for multi-disciplinary artist Erika May – is not afraid of much. A songwriter, beekeeper, snake-charmer and fire-dancer who had jumped out of airplanes and skiied triple-black pistes, she regularly performs in front of thousands of people.


EMay is a performing and recording artist who writes and collaborates and covers the greats. Her upcoming release was recorded live at Henson studios in LA and features Marc Ford, Rami Jaffee, Michael Jerome and Taras Prodanium, with much support from producer Jimmy Hoyson. Her teachers include Alanis Morisette, Jorma Kaukonen, David Wolff and Tom Feldman. She has opened for 10,000 Maniacs, Toubabe Krewe, Rusted Root, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Marcia Ball, The Black Lilies and Cabinet. She has recorded and performed with the Black Yo)))ga Meditation Ensemble (doom), Kirik Hava (turkish folk), Between Liberties (folk rock). She has performed internationally and in her own back yard. (more on music)


EMay is co-founder and managing director for Steel Town Fire and was pivotal in launching Pyrotopia Fire Arts Festival and the Pittsburgh Fire Arts community. (more on fire)


A beekeeper and homestead farmer, she and her partner Ben operate his mead-making operation while growing most of their own food and taking care of a cat, a few dozen chickens, two awesome dogs a couple equally-fabulous donkeys. (more on healthberry farm)


…but so is Steven Spielberg, so she is in good company. On her blog, she shares stories from the road, poems for the earth, and insights into her creative life. She commiserates with you about what it takes to be a whole being in a fractured world, and trails breadcrumbs so you can find her favorite artists, musicians, places and things.


When she is not herself being creative, she is often supporting the arts in some way. She has worked behind-the-scenes as a sound engineer, event producer, live radio program manager, booking agent, talent buyer, teacher, graphic designer, website builder, creative consultant and stage manager. She currently consults with artists and entrepreneurs looking to make a living doing what they love.


She went to college in Pittsburgh and made installation art across the city. She especially adores Pittsburgh and Boston, the places she spent a large part of her life, yet now bases her life out of West Virginia and Los Angeles. She is passionate about many things, most especially the environment, education, the arts, mental health, and meditation. She loves to dance, adventure outdoors, garden, juice apples and ride horses. She is an avid reader and listener of books. She loves traveling, meeting people, and engaging in interesting conversations. She has been sober since 2011 and grateful most every day since. She has a great community, an awesome family, and the absolute best friends in the world.


You see, although she sometimes talks about herself in third-person on the internet, EMay always adores connecting with real people in first person. Please connect to her over social media or, if you have a burning desire, do not hesitate to contact her. She loves you dearly and wishes you the abundant fruit of the beautiful seeds you plant in this dear little world.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Amber d says:

    I love you love amber

  2. Tonita L. Davidson says:

    I’ve experienced you twice…both at SWAN Days 2011, 2012. You are amazing!! I look forward to experiencing you again this year at SWAN Days 2013.

  3. Joey Smith says:

    Just saw you at Jergels tonight and you were great. Very Awesome you had some CD’s with you. Can’t wait to hear you again.

    BTW…I was the “producer” wearing the hat. 🙂


  4. Amber daigle says:

    Love u miss u

  5. Hey girl,
    Looks like you’ve been busy! You’re awesome! I don’t know if you remember me, but my name is Amanda and I played a bunch of open mics with you, as well as did some recordings (which i just found the other day) with you. I’ve been thinking of you so decided to try track you down! Hope all is well, and would love to see you again when I’m passing through! I’ll be on a little tour this summer, and am hoping to pass through all the places I once was. Take care. If you ever feel like it, my email is

  6. Amber daigle says:

    Love you

  7. Amber daigle says:

    Are you coming up for thanks given

  8. Scott says:

    Nice to make your acquaintance on Gearslutz. Hope you will visit Barbados some day and record with us.

  9. Ralph says:

    Great seeing you at the Casa in Athens last night! Keep up the good work.

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