"You got a great set of pipes. You have a lotta soul!"-Joe Cocker
"May Johnston, has a voice that can only make your jaw drop... Her unique tones, technical ability and spirit flows through her music. Having had the privilege of watching and sharing the stage with her. She should be up there with all the iconic singers, I know that anyone who has seen May Johnston perform will be enriched through her music.
- Tommy Rando (Taxiride)
"May Johnston is a vocalist, with a voice that possesses a beautiful, rich, warm tone. She can belt it out or get up close & personal. Either way she always moves the audience."
- Robert Susz
GREG BORAMAN 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
ELVIS MUELU 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) DJ/PROMOTER 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
I first saw you perform at the blue diamond club in the city,i was blown away by what a fantastic singer you were,May...you sing like a diva,your voice is incredible and you made the night so enjoyable and i danced my butt off for ages lol,
as far as your voice goes on a technical and performance level,what can i say...
in regards to tonality,delivery,substance and voice technicality,you have a beautiful tone,you deliver well and project strongly,you have great substance to your voice,and technically i dont think i could fault you :)
regards Helen Puglisi
May Johnston has one of the most beautiful voices i've heard in a long time from any live performance artist in the same genre, which is surprising in today's world because of the sheer quantity of singers trying to sound in the same way yet failing because they try to copy the sound instead of letting their own individuality shine through like the way May's voice does. Her tonality is brilliant, full, open and bright and has the quality of only someone who has been singing for a great number of decades, and only with dedicated lifelong practice, and cannot be generated any other way. Her delivery and stage craft can only be described as none other than natural, yet matured, developed and perfected through time and experience. On stage she is relaxed, poised, cool, yet focused, very aware of the movement and mood of the audience and constantly works the crowd with pizzazz. May Johnston wows the audience and interacts with the crowd in such a way that no matter where she sings, her audiences always feel like they are a part of the performance.