Brooklyn-based Canadian Singer-songwriter May Cheung has been active in the New York music scene for the past 6 years. Having imbibed a wide spectrum of music since she was a young child, May draws upon elements of jazz, pop, folk and indie-rock in her songwriting; attributing her influences to the likes of Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Feist and Rufus Wainright. A graduate of McGill University in Performance Jazz Voice, May has studied with Juno award-winner Ranee Lee, Madeleine Palmer and Jeanie Lovetrie. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study with Peter Eldridge in New York City. Diverting her focus towards the singer-songwriter genre, May has played in such highly-touted venues as Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, The Living Room, The Bitter End, Drom, Caffe Vivaldi, Sidewalk Cafe, and Pianos, just to name a few. In recent years, May has sparked the attention of publications and radio stations as she was featured on the cover of Richmond Review’s 2014 Edition of “Top 30 Under 30”; she has been interviewed by Girth Radio station, a notable online radio station from Toronto, and has been interviewed by Andrew Choi from New York’s Big City Folk Collective blog.
Her debut album, ‘The Departure’, has been highly acclaimed by some of the most respected music industry representatives. The album features producer and Sony artist, Nir Felder, Robert Ritchie (Dolores O’Riordan) on guitar, Jesse Fischer (Ropeadope Records) on keys, Zachary Lober (Chet Doxas) on bass, Daniel Rieser (Norah Jones, Marcy Playground) on drums; mixed by Yuuki Matthews (The Shins, David Bazan) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Katy Perry). It is set to be released on September 29th, 2017.
Here is a sneak peak into May Cheung’s debut album,’The Departure’. All songs written by May Cheung. Co-produced and arranged by Nir Felder.