E.May – the moniker for multi-disciplinary artist Erika May – is not afraid of much. She has jumped out of airplanes, lit her hula hoop on fire, skied down triple-black pistes, and regularly performs on stage in front of thousands of people. She puts her nose in beehives at her home in West Virginia and tours across North America. Additionally…
EMay is a singer-songwriter with roots across boarders. Her current studio band includes Marc Ford, Rami Jaffee, Michael Jerome and Taras Prodanium, assisted by 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 performed and recorded for projects including the Black Yo)))ga Meditation Ensemble (doom), Kirik Hava (turkish folk), Between Liberties (folk rock). She knows over 350 cover songs. (more on music)
She would like to say she keeps bees, but she’s mostly just interested in the beekeeper. But she does stick her head in the hive a lot, sometimes actually knowing what’s going on. She also grows garlic and flowers and lots of other things, takes care of a few dozen chicken, two awesome dogs a couple equally-fabulous donkeys. (more on healthberry farm)
EMAY IS AN UNORIGINAL HACK
…but so is Steven Spielberg, so she is in good company. On her blog, she shares stories from the road, poems from 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 offers you breadcrumbs to find other artists and resources she finds interesting.
EMAY LOVES THE ARTS
When she is not herself being creative, she is often supporting the arts in some way. She currently acts as Program Coordinator for ArtSpring, a non-profit organization in Tucker County, WV. She is a patron of the arts, a philanthropist and a promoter. 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.
EMAY IS A HUMAN BEING
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 things, like the environment, creativity, education, mental health, and soul wholeness. She teaches guitar, writing and dance, and hosts round-table discussions on creativity and wholeness. She is a number one fan, and loves to listen to music, patronize the arts, dance dance, adventure outdoors, garden, juice apples and ride horses. She is an avid reader and listener of books. She loves traveling, having philosophical conversations, and coming up with ways to heal the earth and the divides within and between us. She believes in honesty, openness and willingness. 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.
EMAY LOVES YOU
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 all the tastiest fruits from the beautiful roots you plant in this lovely little world.