See also: the Sweet Water Warblers Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s darling Songbird” but her songs have traveled far beyond her home state. One of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation, May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness and held space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times.
Raised in a family life rich with art and music, Erlewine began writing and playing songs for people from a very young age. Her journeys have taken her all over the world, from street corners to renowned stages. Through her travels, she came to know the land and feel he pulse of the people. Her songs show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk.
May pulls from a wide variety of sounds and influences to create her unique musical landscape. You’ll hear traditional folk roots, old time country swing, soul and rock and roll but mostly she’s inspired by the hearts of the people and the one in her chest. This music is about feeling and it’s about telling life’s stories.
May is a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, a group of independent artists who share resources and talents to raise both community and self-awareness, along with facilitating and encouraging original music in the state of Michigan.
Earthwork was created as a means to form a viable alternative path to the conventional music industry. Through collaboration, the collective strives to incorporate efforts of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment and community building into the core functioning of a musical profession.
With seven full length albums and three EPs to her name, not to mention various collaborations, May's catalog has substance and her creative vision is expansive. Her songs have been sung by Richie Havens, Sawyer Fredericks (NBC the Voice), Railroad Earth, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Joshua Davis, Greensky Bluegrass, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys.
She can both front her seven piece band 'the Motivations' and ignite the dance floor, or play a solo songwriter set to a silent teary audience. Whether it’s a solo performance or with a team of exceptional musicians backing her, every May Erlewine show is a truly magical event.
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.