FOUNDER OF FREESTYLE RECORDS (UK)
Having first heard May Johnston's voice on recordings, what instantly stood out was her assured vocal ability, the wonderful combination of technical ability combined with a genuine soulful feeling, something that many strive to achieve but precious few attain. Having since seen May performing live, it was instantly apparent that in addition to her assured recordings, she also is an amazingly confident and vibrant live performer, with masses of personal charm in front of an audience as well as vocal ability - and it's that rare combination that means once you have witnessed May's live performances - it is easy to understand how she will continue to stand out amongst her peers as a performer with more than her fair share of talent, attitude and originality.
- Greg Boraman
ASPIRING MALE VOCALIST
" [YOU MUST GAIN THEIR INTEREST AND 'WOW' THEM IF YOU ONLY HAVE A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME, CAPTURE THEIR ATTENTION & MAKE SURE THEY REMEMBER YOU] -
This is one of the gold nuggets that stuck with me from May's workshops, the experience she's attained is second to none & you can only better yourself from REAL experiences that working singers have ploughed out themselves, this allows May to speak into up and coming artists like myself, you can't speak into a life if you haven't been there yourself to understand the do's and don'ts.
May's approach is clear, thorough and with a love for the emotion of a song which allows the audience to sense the meaning of the words and connect, and that's how you 'wow', with a real connection and talent that emotes the music.
May also started me off in Melbourne's music scene, I have now sung in 8 local bands with many one-off gigs & am a regular in 5 Professional working bands thanks to May's connections and big heart, nothing beats a singer willing to bring up and coming's and to mentor those willing to learn, it takes a big heart and earnest love for singing and music.
If you want experience and industry knowledge from the start to quickly jumpstart your singing career, then May is one of Melbourne's best.Thank you May for your giving heart.
STEFAN GARCIA (France)
ST PAUL SOUL & JAZZ FESTIVAL
" I first met May AT SPSJ in july 2013. I already knew the DSS from their early recordings, and then when I heard that they were adding a horn section with vocals, I knew I could trust them in their selection. And they didn't go wrong. I already had watched some vids of May's performances on the web and I was like stunned ! And finally their show at ST Paul Soul and Jazz Festival was no disappointment. When May got on stage after 4 heavy instrumentals, the crowd went crazy, she had so much soul and so much energy to give. Her performance with the mighty Deep Street Soul is one of the funkiest so far at SPSJ. Her way to communicate and share with the crowd is really something and true. She is REAL !!! So, if you see May is singing nearby, don't miss her : she 'll give you so much S.O.U.L. !!!
- Mr Flint from Saint Paul Soul Jazz Music Festival