Corinne Bailey Rae
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Corinne Bailey Rae (born Corinne Jacqueline Bailey; 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.
In December 2009, Bailey Rae recorded a live performance in New York City that was broadcast in the summer of 2010 on the US television program Live From the Artists Den. On 2 June 2010, Bailey Rae appeared with Herbie Hancock, singing “Blackbird” in a concert honouring Paul McCartney in the East Room of the White House.
On 25 January 2011, Bailey released an EP, The Love EP, with five recordings of love songs, including Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and Paul McCartney & Wings’ “My Love”. The EP debuted at number 86 on the Billboard 200 and still managed the Top 20 in Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The EP has sold 15,000 copies in the U.S. The first single, “Is This Love”, won Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance at 54th Grammy Awards.
On 14 July 2011, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Leeds where she had studied as an undergraduate.
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