Fast Facts

  • Played classical violin and sang in church choir as a child.
  • At 15, started her own indie band named Helen.
  • Sat in with bands at a local jazz club, where she was a hatcheck girl; also met her husband, Jason Rae, during this time. 
  • Her 2006 debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, debuted at No. 1 on the UK Album chart and reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
  • Garnered three 2006 Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year); in 2007, she earned one nod (Song of the Year) and one win (as a performer on Herbie Hancock's Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters). 
  • Lent her support to the 2012 "30 Songs/30 Days" campaign organized by Half the Sky, which seeks to end the oppression of women and girls across the globe.
  • Became an ambassador for CORD, a charity that helps refugees, and for Pump Aid, which provides clean and sustainable water to rural areas of Africa.

Awards

  • 2007, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 2011, Grammy — Best R&B Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Jason Rae — Husband (deceased)

College

  • University of Leeds, Leeds, England (BA in English, 2000)

Next On TVSee all »

Details

  • Birth Name: Corinne Bailey
  • Birth Place: Leeds, England
  • Birthday: February 26, 1979, Pisces
  • Profession: Singer

Trending TonightSee all »

Watch This

Chris Geere and Aya Cash
The You're the Worst cast can act, but can they draw? (Nope!)

We challenged Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Kether Donohue and Desmin Borges to draw 45-second portraits of each other and the results were... interesting