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Corinne Bailey Rae.

From Leeds, England, artist Corinne Bailey Rae released her self-titled debut album in 2006, debuting at #1 in the UK and #4 in the USA, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records
On“ and “Like A Star”. With over 5 million albums sold, Bailey Rae has been awarded 2 GRAMMYs including Best R&B Performance and multiple GRAMMY, BRIT, MOBO, BET nominations (amongst others).

Bailey Rae returned in 2016 with her third studio album, The Heart Speaks In Whispers (debuted No. 3 on Billboard's R&B chart), featuring "Green Aphrodisiac" which Billboard critics named one of the 10 Best R&B Songs of 2016.

The album has received critical acclaim worldwide with NPR naming it “one of their favorite 30 albums of the year so far” and The Guardian “one of the best R&B of 2016”. The Huffington Post included “Stop Where You Are” in their Top Songs of 2016.

Described as the “Bewitching Queen of British Soul”, Bailey Rae has stunned audiences worldwide in 2016 performing in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia including as special guest for Stevie Wonder at his Hyde Park BST , London concert for a crowd of 100,000.

Bailey Rae was selected by NASA for the historic DESTINATION: JUPITER campaign; represented Europe for the International Olympic Committee’s PSA; and performed at the Smokey Robinson: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize Ceremony (airing on PBS February 10).

Bailey Rae also has written music for film and television, including the theme song to Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky1, season 2 coming soon). Bailey Rae covered Coldplay’s “The Scientist” for the opening title sequence for Universal Pictures’ FIFTY SHADES DARKER, which opened February 10. The track is featured on the Fifty Shades Darker Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Feb 10) alongside Taylor Swift, ZAYN, Sia, Halsey, Tove Lo and more.

 

WHAT PRESS SAY ABOUT
‘THE HEART SPEAKS IN WHISPERS'

 NPR MUSIC’S 30 FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2016 (SO FAR) 

5 STARS: Daily Star, Echoes, Glamour, Jet, Pride

4 STARS: ABC News, Allmusic, Bust, Classic Pop, Daily Mirror, Exclaim! Music, Mail On Sunday, Metro, Mojo, Q Mag, Star Magazine, The Arts Desk, The Press, Uncut

“Corinne Bailey Rae Returns To Remind Us Of The Magic In Our Silence” THE FADER

“boundary-defying, epic music” NPR

“it’s fearless—an essential modern day soul album”
POPMATTERS

“nods to D’Angelo and good-period Prince . . . evokes Isaac Hayes . . . the sound of her getting it right again” Q

“a fascinating listen . . . her light permeates this record, leaving a shining example of strength and perseverance” PITCHFORK

“wondrous new record . . . such refreshingly spirited,
open-hearted music” BOSTON GLOBE 

“positive vibes and imagery of new life”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“a brilliant and very welcome return” MOJO

“(her) voice still sounds so refreshingly out of this world”
VULTURE

“it will remind you you’re alive in the grandest way possible”
VIBE

“What places The Heart Speaks In Whispers in the elite category of transcendental genre-busters from Minnie Riperton to Erykah Badu are those big-sky songs that play as a continuation of the Prince-style revolution” NPR

 

WHAT PRESS ARE SAYING ABOUT “GREEN APHRODISIAC”

“Rae’s back in our hearts and on SOTW, for a second time in two weeks . . .’Green Aphrodisiac’ shoots for higher than the moon, to the heavenly elevated feeling of falling in love. It’s lit from within, burning with passion and uplifted by Rae’s immaculate honey-smooth vocals . . . blessing us with this gem.”
VULTURE SONGS OF THE WEEK

“one of the most ridiculously special R&B/soul tracks we’ve heard all year...an impeccable performance through the smoothest vibe that makes you wish it’d never end” PRESSPLAY

“‘Green Aphrodisiac’ recalls the Purple One’s pastoral work on Diamonds And Pearls” NPR (ANN POWERS)

“as soon as I heard ‘Green Aphrodisiac,’ I knew she was back and better than ever” GAYLE KING, O!

“Don’t be surprised if you put this on repeat throughout the day to experience full audio euphoria” COMPLEX

“sways on top of a burly Marcus Miller bass line, harmonic vocals and a sensual groove, which combine to provide Rae’s stand out single” EXCLAIM! MUSIC

“new Corinne Bailey Rae sounds killer”
GILLES PETERSON, BBC RADIO 

“immediately harks back to ‘I Want You’-era Marvin with blissful, engulfing backing vocals and a breezy groove” OKAYPLAYER

“A melodic and sultry aura that captivates as Corinne’s smooth vocals carries the song to unimaginable heights.” ARTISTIC MANIFESTO 

“some of the best stuff this woman has ever put on record . . .man, does it groove. . . It just bleeds velvet.” POPMATTERS