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Corinne Bailey Rae
- Corinne Bailey Rae
- Leeds West Yorkshire U.K.
- United Kingdom
- Playing Guitar
- Amazing Voice Cute Accent Sexy & Beautiful
One of the most talented singer-songwriters in the music industry today, Corinne Bailey Rae fuses soul, R&B, jazz, and blues together to create a unique and infectious sound that has earned her awards in her native England and abroad.
Born in Leeds, UK to a Kittitian father and an English mother as the eldest of three daughters, Rae began her musical career at school, where she studied classical violin before she turned her attention to singing. Performing in church broadened Rae's musical horizons, and her love affair with making music was solidified after a local youth leader offered to buy her an electric guitar. In her mid-teens, she became obsessed with rock legends Led Zeppelin, and Rae soon formed an all-female indie group called Helen, which was inspired by similar acts such as Veruca Salt and L7. The group played many gigs around Leeds and eventually became the first indie act to be signed to heavy metal record label Roadrunner Records, home to acts such as Slipknot, in 1995. The venture proved to be short-lived however after the bassist became pregnant and the group disbanded.
After the disappointment of Helen, Rae went on to attend the University of Leeds where she studied English Literature, graduating in 2000. While at University, she began work as a hat check girl on an evening in her local jazz club. Permitted to sing on stage with the jazz band when business was slow, it was there that she discovered a different type of music that sent her on a different musical path: "I kept hearing this jazz and soul stuff and I realized I loved music too".
In the three years after her marriage, Rae began working on solo material—this time steering away from her indie past and embarking on a more "soulful" path. She collaborated with Leeds-based funk group The New Mastersounds on the track "Your Love Is Mine", featured on their 2003 album Be Yourself, released via One Note Records. The following year she again worked with another Leeds-based group, Homecut Directive, on the song "Come the Revolution", which was the first single from the group's debut album.
In 2004, Rae got a breakthrough when she was signed by Global Talent Publishing and then approached by Craig David's mentor Mark Hill, from the duo The Artful Dodger, to appear on his new album better luck next time under his new alias, The stiX. The resulting collaboration, "Young and Foolish", was released in April 2005 and brought Rae to the attention of the major record label bosses. Rae released her debut single, "Like a Star", in November 2005 and her first album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006. In September 2006, Rae scooped two awards at the UK's MOBO Awards: "Best UK Newcomer" and "Best UK Female". Rae recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios in July 2006 for Live from Abbey Road.
Rae also received three nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year (both for "Put Your Records On"), and Best New Artist. During the ceremony, she performed "Like a Star" and joined John Legend and John Mayer in a collaborative performance, providing accompanying vocals to Legend's "Coming Home" and Mayer's "Gravity".
Sadly, Corinne's husband Jason Rae was found dead on March 22, 2008 in a flat in the Hyde Park area of Leeds; a pathologist report noted the possible cause of death as a "suspected drug overdose".
Rallying from tragedy, Rae co-wrote Al Green and John Legend's song "Stay With Me (By the Sea)", which won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. With her rare vocal and songwriting talents, there's no doubt that she will overcome her personal setback and come out on the other side as an even more brilliant musician. We can wait for as long as you need, Corinne.