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Corinne Bailey Rae at House of Blues

Corinne Bailey Rae (Photo: Karin Dailey /
Corinne Bailey Rae (Photo: Karin Dailey /

She stood on the House of Blues stage, in a purple one-piece jumper, switching between a guitar, a cowbell and a tambourine. Corinne Bailey Rae (CBR) is an English singer/songwriter who stole our hearts with her self-titled debut album, back in 2006. Her fans are proud to have her back, as she tours with the release of her new album, The Sea.

Corinne Bailey Rae
Karin Dailey

Maureen, from North Carolina, was visiting family in Boston and came down to check out the show. She had this to say about CBR, “My teenage daughter introduced me to her a couple of years ago and I liked her songs. It’s just a different kind of vocal – really intriguing. I immediately loved her music. It was fun and mellow and that’s exactly what you need.”

Michela from Jamaica Plain shared, “This is my first Corinne Bailey Rae show. I’m very excited. I like her music. She’s a litter hipster with some edge and soul. I like the soul side.” Nikki from Roslindale added, “My friend Traci got me into listening to Corinne and I really enjoy her.”

Right up front was Angel, who traveled with her husband all the way from Texas, just to see this show. “I’m really excited. I didn’t get to see her last time and so we did everything we could do to be here today.” Angel was lucky enough to meet Corinne after her Boston set, saying, “She really is one of the nicest people that you would ever want to meet. She seemed genuinely surprised and appreciated the fact that my husband and I love her music so much, that we flew all the way from Houston just to see her in concert.”

Deb from Pembroke and her fiancé, Jay are getting married in June. “We have to say that 'Put Your Records On,' was our little song for awhile. I used to sing it so much in the shower that he actually had to go buy the CD, because he got tired of hearing me sing it. So, we love CBR and we’re so thrilled to be here. Love her new album – I know it has meaning for the right reasons – but honestly, her original CD is a little more upbeat. I’m anxious to see how the 2nd CD sounds live. We love her and we welcome her to Boston.”

Kimya, from Austin, TX, goes to school locally, “I’ve loved Corinne since I was in high school, so about 6 years ago. The first time I saw her perform, her husband was in the band. So, I expect this one to be a little more somber. I’m interested to see how she’s switch it up. It’s a sad, sad truth, but most performers do very well after personal tragedy. I’m excited to see her and I love her.”

Lonnie from Groton, CT, “I saw Corinne open for John Legend and she was an angel. We stayed for Corinne and we left after that. Her voice is like butter – she’s just amazing. I love the new CD and I love the old CD. I think the dynamic between the first and second CD was such a range, that I’m excited to see the difference in her tonight.”

Corinne’s set was fantastic, although her old fans (including myself) were dying to hear everything off the first album. She did a reggae cover of “I Only Have Eyes for You” and was backed the entire night, by a 5-piece band.  Shoutouts to Steve.

Pick up Corinne Bailey Rae’s The Sea on Amazon or in stores everywhere.  KMD


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