Corinne Bailey Rae

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Corinne Bailey Rae (born Corinne Jacqueline Bailey, 26.2.1979)

Corinne Bailey Rae is a singer-songwriter who writes a mixture of pop and soul music. Her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae was nominated for both Grammy and BRIT awards.

Corinne Bailey Rae: Childhood

Corinne Bailey Rae was born in Leeds, the eldest of three sisters. Her sister Rhea is an actress. Her other sister is Candice. Corinne's mother is English and her father is from St. Kitts.

Whilst at school, Corinne Bailey Rae studied classical violin and enjoyed singing at the Brethren church that her family attended. Later on, she transferred to a Baptist church, where she joined the choir, who sang Primal Scream songs, as well as traditional hymns.

During her teenage years, Corinne Bailey Rae became enthused by rock music such as Led Zeppelin and indie guitar bands. She formed a band named Helen, who were influenced by the likes of Hole, Veruca Salt and L7. They eventually signed to Roadrunner Records - home to Slipknot - in 1995 but when the bass player became pregnant, the band split up.

Disappointed at the end of her band, Corinne Bailey Rae decided to go to university, studying English Literature at the University of Leeds. She graduated in 2000. Whilst at university, she had a part time job working on the door at Leeds' Hi-Fi club, renowned for its live jazz and blues performances.

Corinne Bailey Rae: Music Career

Corinne Bailey Rae started writing music in a new style, collaborating with Leeds band The New Mastersounds on their track 'Your Love Is Mine'. The track was included on their 2003 album Be Yourself, released on One Note Records. In 2004, she worked with Homecut Directive, another Leeds band, on their song 'Come The Revolution'.

The breakthrough for Corinne Bailey Rae came that same year, when she was snapped up by Global Talent Publishing. She was then approached by Mark Hill of The Artful Dodger (the production team that worked with Craig David) to work with him for his album Better Luck Next Time, which he released under a new alias, The stiX. The track that they recorded together was entitled 'Young and Foolish' and brought Corinne Bailey Rae to the attention of some of the UK's major record labels.

Corinne Bailey Rae's debut single, 'Like A Star', was released in April 2005. In February 2006, she released the single 'Put Your Records On' and her debut, self-titled album, both of which received great critical and commercial success. The follow-up, 'Trouble Sleeping', was a top 40 hit.

At the 2006 MOBO awards, Corinne Bailey Rae won two awards, 'Best UK Newcomer' and Best UK Female. In the summer of that year, she had recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios, the studio made famous by The Beatles.

At the 2007 Grammy awards, Corinne Bailey Rae was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. At the ceremony, she performed solo as well as joining John Legend and John Mayer.

Performing on Radio 1's Live Lounge (on Jo Whiley's show), Corinne Bailey Rae performed covers of 'SexyBack' by Justin Timberlake and 'Munich' by Editors. She also recorded a cover of John Lennon's 'I'm Losing You' for an Amnesty International compilation. In July 2007, Corinne Bailey Rae performed live for the London Live 8 concert. That same year, she performed with Herbie Hancock, on a cover of Joni Mitchell's 'River'.

Following the death of her husband, Corinne Bailey Rae took a break from music. However, in 2009, she recorded a new album, released in February 2010 and entitled The Sea.

Corinne Bailey Rae: Personal Life

In 2001, Corinne Bailey married Jason Rae. Jason was a saxophonist from Aberdeen. He played with the Leeds-based band The Haggis Horns, who acted as a backing band for Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Lily Allen and Nightmares on Wax, as well as Corinne Bailey Rae.

In March 2008, Jason Rae was found dead in the Hyde Park area of Leeds, having died from a suspected drug overdose.

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Corinne Bailey Rae I'd Like To Video EMI Records/Good Groove are proud to announce the release of Corinne Bailey Rae's new single 'I'd Like To' on February 12th. 'I'd Like To' demonstrates a...

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7th June 2006 -

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Corinne Bailey Rae Featurette Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled debut album will finally be released to the American masses on June 20th, 2006. When singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled debut album entered the U.K. album chart...

Corinne Bailey Rae - Trouble Sleeping

23rd May 2006 -

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Corinne Bailey RaeTrouble Sleeping Emi Single ReviewUk Release Date 29th May Moody, sassy, laid back vocals, which make a perfect soundtrack to a summers day, sitting out in a beer garden. Corrine Bailey...

Corinne Bailey Rae - Trouble Sleeping

22nd May 2006 -

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Corrine Bailey RaeTrouble SleepingSingle ReviewI'm a fan of Corrine Bailey Rae and her self titled debut album, released 27th February, is one I still listen to regularly for its smooth and soulful vibe. The mellow...

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10th May 2006 -

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Corinne Bailey Rae Trouble Sleeping Video Stream'Trouble Sleeping' is the new single by Corinne Bailey Rae, released on May 29th and is the follow-up to the worldwide smash-hit single 'Put Your Records On', and is...

Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae

27th February 2006 -

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8th February 2006 -

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Corinne Bailey RaeSingle: 'Put Your Records On'Released: Feb 20th on EMI Records / Good GrooveUK Tour dates in March & AprilEMI Records/Good Groove are proud to announce the new single by Corinne Bailey Rae. 'Put...

Corinne Bailey-Rae - Put Your Records On

31st January 2006 -

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Corinne Bailey-RaePut Your Records OnSingle ReviewBreakthrough artist for 2006, Corinne's fragile voice sneaks through the back to basics pulsating R&B beat. Her silken voice utters the lyrics in such a carefree manor the Leeds born...

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Wardrobe, Leeds, 12/12/05

20th December 2005 -

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7th November 2005 -

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carolien

she rocks big time :)love from holland

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Tron

Corinne is captivating, 100%, went straight to my heart, made my hair stand on end. She is going places !

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darkness_lp

Ever since the day I first day I've seen corinne and heard her beautiful voice, my heart just melt away. Her song like a star made me realize that there to that her words was more then just heart felt, she had me to think what I should do in my life while I'm still here, and that smile that she have, It was like I was being born again I can't wait untile the whole world knows about corinne because when the do I know that they will not have anything bad to say. put your records on, and like a star are the best songs that I've heard in a long time. Some has finally know the true meaning love and how to enjoy it, even when u don't have no one to hold, her voice will.

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tracey

heard put your records on, loved it and never stop playing it, fab fab fab, more more more!!

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