Corinne Bailey, 26 February 1979, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Blues/soul singer Bailey Rae emerged in 2006 as one of the most heralded new UK vocalists of the new millennium. The commercial success of her debut album quickly justified the accolades, despite the harping of some critics that the songs failed to live up to the hype.
The young Corinne Bailey studied violin at school but also sang in her local church. Her early musical inspirations were drawn from the world of indie and rock, and when she was still at school she helped found the all-female rock group Helen. The unit signed a deal with metal imprint Roadrunner Records in the mid-90s, but fell apart after one of the members left to have a baby. Bailey temporarily put music to one side to study English Literature at the University of Leeds. Here she began listening to jazz and soul and met her future husband, saxophonist Jason Rae.
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