ChildhoodBailey Rae was born on 26 February 1979 in Leeds to a black Kittitian father and a white English mother as the oldest of three daughters, including Candice Bailey and actress Rhea Bailey.
Bailey Rae began her musical career at school where she studied classical violin before she turned her attention to singing: "I started off singing in church, I suppose, but people think it must have been a gospel church because of the whole, you know, black assumption," she says in reference to her multiracial background. "But it wasn't gospel at all, it was just your regular Brethren church, very middle-class, where we would sing these harmonies every Sunday. It was always my favourite part of the service, the singing."
Bailey Rae later transferred to a Baptist church, where the youth leader was coaching rock bands in the local high school. The church young people wrote their own worship songs and sang covers by the likes of Primal Scream. "We changed the words though," Bailey Rae states on her website. "We didn't want to offend the regular churchgoers, now did we?" She recorded two albums with the youth group under the name of Revive.
Performing in church broadened Bailey Rae's musical horizons, and her love for making music was solidified after the church youth leader offered to lend her the money for her first guitar. In her mid-teens, she was highly influenced by Lenny Kravitz, and through him she discovered rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. "I loved that band during my teens; I wanted, somehow, to follow in their footsteps, and to create music of my own."
Bailey Rae formed an all-female (barring the drummer) indie group called Helen, which was inspired by similar acts such as Veruca Salt and L7. "It was the first time I'd seen women with guitars. They were kinda sexy—but feminist. I wanted to be like that, at the front of something."
The group raised eyebrows on several fronts; in the white male-dominated world of indie music, they were a mainly female group, fronted by a mixed-race singer from Leeds. The moniker "Helen" also drew attention, albeit for not all the right reasons: "What can I say? We were 15 years old, and thought that Helen was a cheeky, indie kind of thing to do. It seemed clever at the time. Admittedly, it seems less so now".
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. "[Was I] Disappointed? I was gutted! I had no idea what to do next".
University lifeBailey Rae studied English Literature at the University of Leeds where she graduated 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".
Corinne Bailey met Scottish-born Jason Rae in a jazz club in Leeds where she had a part-time job as a cloakroom attendant; they got married in 2001 at age of twenty-two and Bailey changed her name to Bailey Rae. Jason Rae (born in 1976), a musician, played saxophone for the eight-piece group called Haggis Horns, and had recorded with Bailey Rae The New Mastersounds and Martina Topley-Bird (Quixotic) albums. On 22 March 2008, Jason Rae was found dead in a flat in the Hyde Park area of Leeds. In December 2008, Leeds Coroner's Court gave a verdict of death by misadventure, and stated that Rae died of an accidental overdose of methadone and alcohol. Her current partner is guitarist John McCum
2004–2008: Career music developmentIn the three years after she got married, Bailey 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, Bailey 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 Bailey Rae to the attention of the major record label bosses.
Bailey Rae released her debut single, "Like a Star", in November 2005 and her first album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006. It debuted at number one in the UK and entered the top ten of the U.S.Billboard 200, peaking at number four and spending 71 weeks in the chart from 2006 to 2008. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 1.9 million copies in the United States alone.
The lead single, "Like a Star" became a hit in the UK and U.S., and sold over 327,000 U.S. downloads. Follow-up single "Put Your Records On", her biggest hit to date, rose to number two in the UK, and sold over 945,000 U.S. downloads. "Trouble Sleeping" made the top forty, and "I'd Like To", the top seventy. In the middle of 2006, Bailey Rae embarked on her first international tour through Europe and North America with singer R&B, John Legend, playing 55 shows including the festivals Rock in Rio Lisboa 2 and Live Earth. In early April 2006, Corinne Bailey Rae was certified 2x platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA. In September 2006, Bailey Rae scooped two awards at the UK's MOBO Awards: "Best UK Newcomer" and "Best UK Female". Bailey Rae recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios in July 2006 for Live from Abbey Road.
Bailey 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". The following year Like a Star was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year. Bailey Rae won in two categories for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album for her collaboration on River: The Joni Letters. During the American and European tour Bailey Rae recorded her first DVD with the title Live in London & New York. The DVD was filmed in London and the bonus CD was recorded in New York. Several songs from Bailey Rae's debut album comprise the soundtrack to the 2006 film Venus. Bailey Rae is co-credited by the filmmakers for the score.
2009–present: The SeaCorinne Bailey Rae released her new album titled The Sea on 26 January 2010. The album was released after a gap of two years following the death of her husband Jason Rae. Lead single I'd Do It All Again premiered on 25 November in 2009 on the Jools Holland program Later. Follow up single "Closer" will be added to Smooth Jazz Radio on 25 January, Urban AC on 1 February and AC radio in late February. The album's second single "Paris Nights and New York Mornings" will go to Triple A radio on 15 February. After the release of the second album, Corinne went on a national tour. Her london concert at Somerset House in the summer was an instant sold-out and she returned to London again in October to perform in Royal Festival Hall with Pete Lawrie as a supporting act.
- Bailey Rae was the musical guest on the 7 October 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live with the host being Jaime Pressly. She performed "Put Your Records On" and "Like a Star". She also appeared on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on the episode "B-12", which aired on 27 November 2006, with Howie Mandel. She performed "Like a Star" and "Trouble Sleeping".
- Bailey Rae performed on Radio 1 Live Lounge with the songs "Like a Star", a cover version of Editors' "Munich", and a cover version of Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack".
- Recorded John Lennon's "I'm Losing You" for Make Some Noise, Amnesty International's music venture. The song was also released on the 2007 John Lennon tribute album, "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur".
- On 7 July 2007 Bailey Rae performed at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.
- Recorded with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and other well-known jazz musicians Joni Mitchell's "River" for Herbie Hancock's September 2007 Joni Mitchell tribute album "River: The Joni Letters". At the 2008 Grammy Awards, the album won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album. She recorded a live session of "River" with Hancock at Abbey Road Studios in for Live from Abbey Road for Channel 4 which was broadcast on Series 2.
- On December 7, 2009 Rae recorded a live performance in New York City, that was broadcast in the summer of 2010 on the US TV program, Live From the Artists Den.
- The song I'd Like To from Bailey Rae's debut album was featured in the soundtrack for the movie He's Just Not That Into You (2009).
- Bailey Rae is the Special Ambassador for the charity CORD.
- Bailey Rae is the central ambassador for International water and Sanitation charity, Pump Aid
- The music Like a Star, is part of the soundtracks of several films, series and soap opera, like Cashmere Mafia, 27 Dresses, Men in Trees, Nancy Drew, Perfect Stranger, Medium, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Venus, Grey's Anatomy, and Sete Pecados.
- In the film Venus, six songs from the debut album were included on the soundtrack of the film, which are "I'd Like To", "Another Rainy Day", "Choux Pastry Heart", "Put Your Records On", " Like a Star", " Breathless".
- On June 2, 2010 Bailey Rae appeared with Herbie Hancock, singing Blackbird in a concert honoring (Sir) Paul McCartney in the East Room at the White House.
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Awards and nominations
Grammy AwardsThe Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Bailey Rae has won two awards from four nominations, including Album of the Year; she featured artist, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year.
|2007||Corinne Bailey Rae||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|"Put Your Records On" ||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||River: The Joni Letters ||Album of the Year||Won|
|Best Contemporary Jazz Album||Won|
|"Like a Star"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
Others Awards and nominations
|2006||Nominated||BET Awards||BET J Cool Like Dat Award||General|
|Nominated||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best UK & Ireland Act||General|
|Nominated||MTV Woodie Awards||International Woodie (Favorite International Artist)||General|
|Nominated||UK Festival Music Awards||Best Urban Act||General|
|Nominated||Premios 40 Principales||Mejor Artista Nuevo Internacional||General|
|Nominated||MOBO Awards||Best Song||Put Your Records On|
|Won||Best UK Female||General|
|Won||Best UK Newcomer||General|
|Won||MOJO Awards||Best New Act||General|
|Won||Q Awards||Best New Act||General|
|2007||Nominated |rowspan="2"| BET Awards||Best New Artist||General|
|Nominated||Best Female R&B Artist||General|
|Nominated||BRIT Award||Best British Single||Put Your Records On|
|Nominated||British Female Artist||General|
|Nominated||British Breakthroug Act||General|
|Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Best Female Breakthrough Artist||General|
|Nominated||ECHO Awards||International Newcomer of the Year||General|
|Nominated||Ivor Novello Awards||PRS Most Performed Work||General|
|Nominated||MOBO Awards||Best UK Female||General|
|Nominated||Image Awards||Outstanding Album||Corinne Bailey Rae|
|Nominated||Outstanding Female Artist||General|
|Won||Outstanding New Artist||General|
|Won||Music Week Awards||International Marketing Campaign of the Year||General|
|Won||European Border Breakers Awards||United Kingdom||General]|
|Won||Soul and Jazz Awards||Album of the Year||Corinne Bailey Rae|
|Won||Best Album of Soul|
|Won||Best New Artist of the Year||Corinne Bailey Rae|
|2008||Won||ASCAP Awards||Song of the Year||Put Your Records On|
|Nominated||Urban Music Awards||Best Neo Soul Act||General|
|Won||BMI Pop Awards||Song of the Year||Put Your Records On|
|2010||Nominated||Soul and Jazz Awards||Album of the Year||The Sea|
|Won||Best Album R&B of the Year|
|Nominated||Artist of the Year||Corinne Bailey Rae|
|Won||Best Artist of the Year Act Soul/R&B|
|Nominated||Mercury Prize||Album of the Year||The Sea|
Kickers Urban Music Awards 2007
- Best Neo-Soul Act – Nominated
- Best Crossover Chart Act – Nominated
MOBO Awards 2010
- Best UK R&B/Soul Act - Nominated
American Smooth Jazz Awards 2010
- Best Female Act - Pendent