QueensOfVintage.com caught up with hot new Fifties-styled singer Imelda May for our very first podcast this week. It’s horribly new fangled we know, for us vintage lovers, but we figured you’d love to hear gorgeous queen of vintage Imelda chatting about her passion for shoes, her vintage fella, her favourite vintage stores and exactly how she hit upon the Fifties as the decade for her.

QueensOfVintage.com editor-in-chief Sarah Woodhead had a good old-fashioned girlie chat on the phone with Imelda this week. And thanks to modern gizmos the whole shebang was recorded and is available here for you to listen to.

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If you’ve not already heard of Imelda May you soon will. Recently signed by Universal Music and compared to Amy Winehouse (without the breakdowns), Dublin-born Imelda got her first break through UK boogie woogie maestro, Jools Holland.

She firstly supported his summer tour, a huge honour for an as then unsigned artist. She has since performed on his BBC Radio 2 show as well as ‘Later With Jools‘ on which she performed ‘Johnny Got a Boom Boom‘, one of the leading tracks on her new album ‘Love Tattoo‘.

Imelda has also shared the stage with an impressive array of musical talent, including the late Kirsty MacColl, Alison Moyet, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Van Morrison and Scissor Sisters. Her influences of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, can be heard in her unique, intoxicating blend of music.

Her sassy, burlesque-inspired style and performances last year earned Imelda the nomination of Best Burlesque Singer 2007, as well as a film debut as the singing voice in the forthcoming American gangster move, ‘Dark Streets‘.

2008 saw Imelda awarded Best Female Newcomer of the Year at the prestigious Irish World Newspaper Awards and, with her career really taking off, you can’t help but feel that 2009 will be the year when Imelda May achieves mainstream success.

Imelda’s new single ‘Big Bad Handsome Man’ is out on April 13.

Podcast production by Andrea Mann.