Abbe May spent her late teens and early twenties performing in Australia’s most
notorious rock venues and busted up studios, touring relentlessly in unreliable tour
vans in various solo and band incarnations. With sly humour, Abbe graduated from her
critically acclaimed early explorations of rock and blues to become a guitar-slinging, beat-driven, iconic performer with an atmospheric cocktail of sexy, indie riff-rock,
gospel, soul and electronica.
A champion of the LGBTQIA+ community, Abbe is a multi award-winning artist, having
been nominated for over 40 ARIA, WAM, AIR, AMP awards and so far winning 27, she is one of the strong women of the Australian music industry with much respect across radio, blogs and venues around the country.
Her impressive career as an independent, original artist boasts many highlights including touring extensively as the hand-picked guitarist for Peter Garrett’s Alter Egos.
A constantly evolving artist, she has performed
at myriad summer music festivals including Big Day Out, Meredith, and Pyramid, and
supported Neneh Cherry, The Preatures, The Black Keys, Midnight Oil, The Motels, Art Vs Science, Tim Rogers, Adalita, Magic Dirt, Emiliana Torrini, Killing Heidi, You Am I, Peter Garrett, Bob Log III, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney and Claire Moore.
Abbe has had vast commercial success with albums ‘Design Desire’ in 2012, and ‘Kiss
My Apocalypse’ in 2013. Associated singles Mammalian Locomotion, Taurus Chorus, Design Desire, Karmageddon, and T.R.O.U.B.L.E. were all added to high rotation on Triple J. Her Like A Version of Ginuwine’s Pony is widely considered a classic.
Several of her songs have been used in worldwide marketing campaigns for
Jagermeister as well as featuring as the closing scene song for the season in HBO’s Entourage and Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake.
Her fifth studio album “FRUIT”, released in 2018, is her most succinct and powerful declaration of identity yet. A melodic, upbeat and soulful collection of songs made to honour the lives of those who are different, the album was honoured with a shortlisting in the 2019 Australian Music Prize and added to high rotation on Double J and RTRfm.
“Her at her best.” - Double J
“Fruit is her most accomplished piece of art” - The Herald
“Boasts the kind of sophisticated writing an artist like Prince might have once been responsible for.” - The Music