Not only does she have a unique singing voice, but she is also a bubbly down to earth “Boeremeisie” with a beautiful soul with the looks to match.
When it comes to Lianie May no introduction is needed, her talent, album sales and personality speaks for itself.
ICED Magazine recently had the privilege to ask her a few questions:
- Your latest duet album with Jay (Vir Liefde) reached Gold status within weeks after its release, how do you feel about the fact that once again you guys stunned the audiences with a great album?
I’m sure I can speak for Jay as well, we are very blessed. I must thank all the loyal fans for their support. We are also blessed for our record companies and our songwriters that write songs for our market and what they would love to hear and associate with.
- On the album, there are quite some songs with a bit of humour, referring to “DA’ VAT HY” and “ONS TREK LONDON TOE”, I’m sure when performing the crowd enjoys them immensely, how do you feel about songs with humour in it? Does the audience prefer it then the normal heartfelt songs?
I love songs with humour in it and the heartfelt type of songs, humour brings more of a feel good have fun time at the concerts as well as at home having a braai. Even if it is just to brighten their day on their way to school or work.
- With the CD launch recently you guys broke a record with an audience of 1500 people, do elaborate on the experience?
It’s was an awesome night at the venue and it’s always great to have such great support from our fans. They were even keen to be part of the recording of our live music video ‘Da vat hy’ we had to sing it 3 times for the camera’s. I’m thankful that the fans always support us all the way.
- The song “Ek is omdat jy is” was a tribute to your dad, who recently passed away, I can only imagine the pain you went through, I must say that the statement “ek is omdat jy is’ is a beautiful thing to say to your dad, do feel that the way he raised you, the morals he thought you, made you the person who you are today?
Yes my Dad really had a great influence in my life. I have the same personality that he had and we we’re close. Teaching me to be a hard worker, loyal and down to earth and to stay true to yourself and your roots, always remember to walk everyday with God.
- People always mention that you are one of the most down to earth artists; you treat your fans the same way you would treat your family and close friends, are it important to you to have this bond with your supporters?
Yes it is very important. Our careers depend on each and every supporter. I also believe that what you give will come back to you, and at our shows when we meet and greet with our supporters, it is important to give time of yourself to them.
- Being on the road mostly these days, performing through the country, do you still miss the simple life of being a “plaas/boere meisie” on a farm far away from the city?
Yes I really do, when Barry and i can get away we go to the farm outside Oranjeville as often as possible. I enjoy being on the farm, around the cattle in a plaas bakkie, doing farm things. I will always stay a “boeremeisie” at heart and true to my roots growing up on the farm.
- After the great success with your part in the movie “Platteland” a few years ago, would you like to partake in acting again in the future?
Yes for sure. I worked on a few ideas for a movie after so many people asked for a next movie, I gave my ideas to Sean Else and he and Deon Opperman wrote the script already for a movie about 2 singers and their different lives as it is in the music industry (me and Jay as the leads roles) we start shooting in September and October. The movie will release next year. We don’t know the title of the movie yet.
- When can we expect a new solo album? Any news regarding this?
We are currently writing and planning a new solo album to release at the end of the year. It’s going to be pure original country songs in Afrikaans and English and a few covers from great country singers from all over the world. People asked for a country album and it is time to bring it to them.
- Do you have a funny story to share of something that happened to you on stage?
In 2009 in Middelburg, singing Soen my nie meer nie, a guy came on stage, getting down on one knee, saying he is a young farmer and he’s got cattle and a farm, I must please say yes and marry him, he didn’t want to leave the stage unless I said yes. I said ok I’ll think about it. People laughed as he proposed and eventually leaving the stage after 10 minutes.
- Use a movie title to explain your life so far?
Country Strong and Coat of many colours
- List the top 5 things on your personal bucket list?
To record one international hit song.
Travel & perform in Nashville.
Hosting my own Television show or TV programme concept.
Bringing out a clothing line, make-up line.
Farming on my Dad’s farm with cattle.
- Will you be performing in the Vaal anytime soon? When performing in the Vaal, does it still feel like home?
We’re planning a tour soon and will include the Vaal, we’ll keep you posted on my website: www.lianiemay.com or on facebook. I love to perform in the Vaal, I performed starting at karaoke events and house parties before I got my recording deal and the Vaal supporters are great and loyal people.