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.


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


  • Jason Rae — Husband (deceased)


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


  • Birth Name: Corinne Bailey
  • Birth Place: Leeds, England
  • Profession: Singer