Meet E.May

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)


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)


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)


…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.


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.


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.


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.


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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