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Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s 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 a lot of space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. When she starts to sing, there’s no way around it. Welcome to the moment, everyone.

Raised in a family rich with art and music, May began writing songs and playing them for the people at a very young age. Her journeys have taken her all over the world, from street corners to renowned stages, May has performed for all walks of life. In her travels Erlewine came to know the land and the pulse of the people. Her songs show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk.
“She's certainly not resting on her laurels here, Erlewine ought to hook anyone who's searching for something more out of their music.”
  - AXS
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 Erlewine has the sort of soul-baring voice that moves the Alan Lomaxes of the world to abandon the ivory tower for the back roads of rural America."
  - The Harvard Independent
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.
"I'm going to have file May beside all my Nanci Griffith CDs because these two women are gold."
  - No Depression
May Erlewine is no stranger to the recording studio and continues to write and record songs for the times. Her newest record, Mother Lion, produced by Tyler Duncan, some boast to be her best yet. Her catalog has substance and her creative vision is expansive. Her songs have been sung by national acts, including Joshua Davis, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Sawyer Fredericks (NBC the Voice), Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and the list goes on.

She can front the Motivations, her seven piece retro-groove band and ignite the dance floor, play a dynamic and profound set with her americana band, 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 show is truly magical.
"Unexpected songs steal the show - Sawyer Fredericks' earnest ode, "Shine On," had viewers Googling the unfamiliar tune, which was penned by Americana artist May Erlewine."
  - Rolling Stone

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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.