Born Leeds, England 1980. Vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, violinist and songwriter with diverse musical influences from Led Zeppelin to Bjork along with more obvious role models such as Jill Scott & Erykah Badu. She has been compared to Billie Holiday amongst others. She began singing as a child in a church choir and formed an indie band called 'Helen' at the age of 15 before moving on to study English Literature at Leeds University and working as a hat check girl at a jazz club where she was given the opportunity to sing with the house band. She first achieved notoriety singing her first single 'Like A Star' on UK TV show 'Later...With Jools Holland' on BBC2 in November 2005. She released her debut album 'Corinne Bailey Rae' in Feb 2006. She was awarded two MOBO awards in September 2006 and worked with David Arnold on the music for the forthcoming film 'Venus'. She was married to Saxophonist Jason Rae from 2001 until his death in 2008.
Corinne Bailey Rae (born Corinne Bailey on 26 February 1979) is a Grammy-winning English singer and songwriter who released her eponymous debut album "Corinne Bailey Rae" in February 2006. Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics. Rae was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire to a Kittitian father and an English mother, and she was the eldest of three daughters.
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Corinne Bailey Rae (born Corinne Jacqueline Bailey on 26 February 1979) is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2006. She released her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006, and became the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at number one. In 2007, Bailey Rae was nominated for three Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards, and won two MOBO Awards. In 2008, she won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year (for her work as a featured artist in Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters).
Bailey Rae released her second album, The Sea, on 26 January 2010, after a hiatus of almost three years. It was produced by Steve Brown and Steve Chrisanthou (who produced her debut album in 2006). She was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. In 2012, she won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance (for "Is This Love)". Bailey Rae was married to fellow musician Jason Rae from 2001 until his death in 2008, and as part of the grieving process, she channelled her emotions into her music. Her two albums have together sold over five million copies worldwide.