Rye international jazz & blues festival proudly presents Corinne Bailey Rae in concert as part of our summer festival programme at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Book directly with the De la Warr Pavilion - Tickets £30 / £40 / £45 - Concert starts at 7pm
Grammy Award-winning British songstress and guitarist Corinne Bailey Rae has celebrated huge successes in Europe, the United States and Asia over the past years, including guesting with Stevie Wonder at his Hyde Park concert for a crowd of 100,000. She’ll bring her collection of hits such as Green Aphrodisiac, Put Your Records On and Like A Star as well as material from her breathtaking new album The Heart Speaks In Whispers.
We would like to thank our friends at Spectrum Financial Services for partnering this event.
“These are songs in the key of life” - The Mail On Sunday
“Tidings of comfort and joy from bewitching queen of British soul & oozes charisma” - The Independent
“Corinne’s third studio album is sublime” - Evening Standard
“Boundary-defying epic music” - NPR
Corinne Bailey Rae has been away. Geographically, professionally, elementally, personally – the double-Grammy-winning, Mercury-nominated, five million-albums-selling artist has travelled far, and wide, and deep.
She has journeyed from Indonesia to Brazil, from The White House to Paris, through explorations of the Los Angeles soul underground and the New York outsider performance scene. There were full-fathom dives to the beating heart of everything that makes her a musician. Burrowing inwards at home in Leeds, UK, she built her own studio – a place to play, in every sense of the term.
As the title of her brilliant latest album has it, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, and to hear it you have to go all the way…
And as Bailey Rae notes – by way of explaining her choice of title and its meaning to her – “In ancient Egypt the letter or hieroglyphic for the word ‘heart’ was a heart-shaped vessel. The heart ‘held’ memory, truth… It was the centre of the personality, of understanding, of will and thought as well as creative imagination. It’s how we in the west now view the mind.”
Little wonder, in some ways, that it’s been over five years since the release of Bailey Rae’s acclaimed second album, The Sea; an album garlanded with praise, Mercury Music Prize-nominated and a Top 5 hit in the UK and Top 10 in the US. The end of that album cycle saw Bailey Rae’s subsequent EP Is This Love win a Grammy, before she retreated from public view. It was her second disappearing act.
Bailey Rae had first shot to enormous global fame and acclaim when, at the start of 2006, her self-titled debut album featuring hit singles such as ‘Put Your Records On’ and ‘Like A Star’ entered the UK charts at Number One and reached Number Four on the US charts. She became the first British female singer-songwriter to debut in the Billboard Top 20 in decades, pre-dating the wave of British females to follow; Amy, Lily, Ellie, Adele….
But the loss of her first husband two years later kept her from public view until The Sea emerged, an album of unique and rare beauty, full of pathos and love.
For Bailey Rae is a woman apart, a singer-songwriter not afraid to travel to the beat of a different drum, and always ready to disregard the expected cycles of album-promotion-tour.
So for her remarkable third album, it was both music and real life that kept her apart, delving deep into the emotional world that surges though these songs like electricity.
Posted on 26/06/2018 by Ian Bowden
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