April 7, 2007


Corinne Bailey Rae, ever contradictory: The singer has an indie-rock past, jazz leanings and uncalculated songs (Ann Powers, April 2, 2007, LA Times)

People have been making assumptions about Corinne Bailey Rae since she was a child. The 28-year-old English singer-songwriter grew up in Leeds, the oldest daughter of a father from the Caribbean and a mother from Yorkshire.

"I remember in grade school, a teacher was doing an assembly on Bob Marley," she said when she was in town to attend the Grammys as a nominee in several categories, including best new artist. "He called all the black children out of the class -- we thought we'd done something wrong. And he said, 'I need one of you to bring in a Bob Marley record.' He asked me, 'Does your dad have any?' I said, 'No, but my mum has!' "

She laughed. "My dad hates reggae. He's from St. Kitts, which is a really British island, with Victorian values. He doesn't have a strong Caribbean accent. He didn't play Caribbean music in the house. He was really into soul music, collecting soul 45s."

Rae apparently inherited her father's contradictory gene.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 7, 2007 12:00 AM
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