In 2006 Corinne Bailey Rae released her self-titled debut album, a record she recorded on a shoestring budget while still unsigned. For Corinne Bailey Rae, the singer and songwriter from Leeds, England the success of that album was instant and immense.
Debuting at Number One in the UK, featuring hit singles such as Put Your Records Onand Like A Star, becoming a smash hit around the world, and crashing straight into the Billboard Top 20 in the US – the first British female singer-songwriter to do so in decades – meant Corinne gained a huge global audience within months. The album peaked in the US at #4 on the Billboard chart.
Four years, multi-million album sales and multiple Grammy and Brit Award nominations later, came the long-awaited second album, The Sea. Co-producing the album herself with long-standing friends and musicians to retain intimacy and control, and shrugging off the huge, worldwide expectations engendered by the self-titled debut, Corinne found herself garlanded anew with critical praise.
The Sea was a masterpiece, the unfurling of her talent creating a work of rare beauty, sadness and grace that was released to worldwide acclaim, going Top 5 in the UK and Top 10 in the USA. Draped with stellar reviews it was no surprise that Corinne Bailey Rae found The Sea nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the subsequent EP Is This Love scooped a Grammy for Best R & B Performance.
This followed a previous Grammy Award in 2007 for her work on Herbie Hancock’s album The River, an interpretation of Joni Mitchell songs, bringing her Grammy total to date to six nominations and two wins.
Coupled with two world tours including sold-out shows everywhere from Korea, Japan and Indonesia to Brazil, Europe and across the USA, Corinne Bailey Rae’s global appeal has seen her sell well over five million records worldwide and firmly establish herself as one of the UK’s brightest international talents.
Recent recordings have seen her contribute songs to Lay It Down in 2008, an album by soul legend Al Green. Last year Bailey Rae wrote and recorded a track for the soundtrack to the film, The Man With The Iron Fist, with Wu Tang Clan’s maestro RZA.
Corinne Bailey Rae is currently recording her third album at her studio in the Yorkshire countryside. This new release will be available worldwide in spring 2014.