Press Clippings

“Erika May is one of the most multi -talented artists you will ever come across.”  – Joy Ike, Grassrootsy.com

“EMay was truly something fierce and powerful… Her powerful Alanis Morrissette-like vocals filled the room with no leftover space for drunk bar shenanigans.” – Alex Zivkovic, Stanford Arts Review
“In 27 years of reporting on the local music scene for various publications, and 10 years of hosting Calliope Songwriters Open Stage, I’ve rarely seen a performer develop…so quickly and with such natural ease. E.May’s songs pull listeners into the story, her performance skills and stage presence demand attention, and backstage she’s smart and easy to work with. Keep an eye on EMay: she’s going somewhere.” – John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Calliope Songwriters Open Stage
“E. May is a commanding presence, on stage and off. With vocal chords that bring you down to earth and make your heart sing along… with an array of thoughtful lyrics and her commanding presence. Might even play with fire too, if you’re lucky.” – Alex Bard, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
“EMay seems determined to apply her creativity to every available surface.” — Aaron Jentzen, Pittsburgh City Paper
“She finished the night, around two and a half hours of singing/playing, to a standing ovation, and calls for an encore, and, yea, she gave ’em an encore… Shut up and face forward,  Erika May is something special.” – Raymond Brady, Paradise Cafe
“I am blown away by EMay’s voice & steady heart power connection. So much heart… She has the voice to sing anything, and has already well transcended the plaintive mode.” – Bret Mosley, songwriter

Print Articles/Photographs/Reviews
All press for Black Yo)))ga Meditation Ensemble
2/28/2016 – Our Own Success Stories: EMay and Kimya Dawson perform at Stanford University
1/27/2014 – Tartan (CMU’s newspaper) – Steel Town Fire performance review at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl
1/1/2014 – EMay on front cover of Post Gazette for STF’s New Years Eve performance at First Night Pittsburgh
3/17/2012 – Fire photo of EMay in WPXI’s See and Be Seen at SWAN Days 2012
12/2011 – The Swerve Magazine interviews EMay about her musical life
6/14/2011 – Post-Gazette’s review of Full Bloom at Kelly Strayhorn Theater
6/13/11 – EMay mentioned w/photo in Tribune-Review’s Fanfare column
5/26/2011 – Pittsburgh City Paper’s Critic Picks chooses EMay & Friends
3/30/2011 – Article written for Grassrootsy.com on life as a full-time, multi-disciplinary artist
2/21/2011 – McDonald Area Press previews The Sectionals debut show
2/2011 – Steel Town Fire in PPU Magazine
1/26/11 – Steel Town Fire in POP City
9/2010 – The Original (magazine): Steel Town Fire at the Pittsburgh Fire Arts open jams
9/29/2010 – Pgh City Paper : AcoustiCafe article (photograph)
8/28/2010 – Pgh Post-Gazette : EMay at Sprout Fund’s HotHouse Fundraiser (photograph)
10/21/2010 – Local Beat column of City Paper quotes EMay in article about the PAE conference
5/12/2010 – Pgh City Paper “Everyone’s a Critic” reviews EMay playing accordion at Typewriter Girls show
3/1/2010 – California Chronicle: Musicians find ways to stay on track in a tough economy
2/13/2010 – Post-Gazette : EMay, J. Abel and N. Ragheb’s snow sculpture @ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (photograph)
1/15/2010 – Punxatawny Spirit : STF’s pre-groundhog day press
1/1/2010 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette : First Night Festivities (front-page photo above)
7/2009 – Monroeville Times-Express: Steel Town Fire @ Pitcairn Community Days
2/19/2009 – Pittsburgh City Paper : review of Between Liberties’ debut album, From the Lamplight
2/19/2009 – Pittsburgh Post Gazette : interview & Between Liberties’ album review
9/29/2005 – Pittsburgh Post Gazette : EMay busking @ Rolling Stones/Pearl Jam concert
2004 – Art Installation at Future Tennant Gallery receives review and photo (link unknown)

TV/Radio/Video
also see Youtube.com and emaymusic.bandcamp.com

12/31/2013 – Steel Town Fire appears on KDKA for First Night Pittsburgh
3/ 23/2012 – EMay & The Hazletts appear at T+ inaugural ride celebration, performing 
12/31/2011 – Steel Town Fire “always a crowd favorite” on KDKA during First Night celebrations

11/11 – EMay cameo in Chai Baba music video for “PB&J”
6/2011 – Video of EMay on Tribune Review’s Fanfare (fire)
2/2011 – Steel Town Fire on “Daybreak”, Point Park University TV
2011- EMay cameo in Kellee Maize music video for “Start None”
10/23/2010 – Saturday Light Brigade: Live music by EMay
2/2/2010 – WJAC, Johnstown : STF post-groundhog day video
12/31/2009 – KDKA TV : Steel Town Fire’s appearance @ First Night
2007 – Between Liberties with Pittsburgh Songwriter Circle on the Acoustic Hour

Press Releases:
New Hazlett Theater – June 2011 Songwriter Spotlight

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