Jazz Souled Out

Helena May

In association with Shades of Soul Ltd

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Last Show: Saturday 3 rd February 2024

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Helena May's dynamic vocal prowess, coupled with funk-driven grooves from an all-star seven piece band, celebrates the very best in Funk and Soul as well as original-work from her debut-album “Funkalicious”. Having graced major stages in the UK and tasted success across Europe, the "Blue-Eyed Funky Soulstress" is becoming internationally recognised. A featured vocalist with 70s UK Soul Legends, Kokomo - Helena May's ability to engage with the audience make her live shows an unforgettable experience.

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“Helena May has unquestionably struck gold...a refreshingly spirited pop concoction that harbors the power to stand the test of time”

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Helena May's music-odyssey commenced in the 90s and 00s, nurturing her love for music with the likes of Incognito, The Brand New Heavies and Joss Stone. At the age of twelve, May encountered Jamiroquai's "A Funk Odyssey”, igniting further her passion for Funk and Soul music. 

Since 2014, May has been a featured vocalist with 70s UK Soul Legends, Kokomo (Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall) and from 2016, a lead vocalist with Jazz-Funk act Redtenbacher's Funkestra (606 Club, Ziggy's World Jazz Club, Porgy & Bess). Their live shows in London and studio collaborations at "Masterlink Sessions", led to the release of their ‘funkified’ album "Part of Me" in 2018.

May found the perfect backdrop to unleash her original creativity after settling in Vienna in 2019 - her second home. May unveiled "Funkalicious" in 2021 - a collaborative effort with nineteen acclaimed British and Austrian music-makers. The album combines powerful vocals, funk-infused grooves and personal narratives for an emotionally engaging experience. 

Mastered by Grammy Award winner John Davis (Metropolis Studios), the album blends Soul, Funk and Pop. Where poppy-beats meet disco-funk, ear-worm choruses and distinctive vocals. By weaving personal experiences into her music, May strives for a relatable connection with every release and live show.

 

Band Line Up

Helena May (vocals) - Kokomo, Redtenbacher's Funkestra
Nicolas Py (drums) - Yolanda Charles Project PH, Tony Momrelle
Samer Al-Sharawi (bass) - Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Nick Heyward
Adam Green (guitar) - Eckoes, Yova Radevska
Nick Gilmore (keys) - Odyssey, Deniece Williams
Paul Jordanous (trumpet) - Rag'n'Bone Man, Joss Stone
Piers Green (sax) - Redtenbacher's Funkestra, Crowd Company