The sensational British singer-songwriter Corrine Bailey Rae recently took time out of her schedule to be photographed with her newly acquired Gibson Robert Johnson L-1 acoustic guitar exclusively for Bailey Rae is currently promoting her hotly-anticipated second studio album The Sea, the follow up to her multi-Platinum self-titled 2006 debut album. “The Sea” will be released in the US on January 26 and in the UK on February 1st, and will be followed up with a string of UK dates, including a night at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on February 24th.

The Sea follows a two-year hiatus and brings together a new band of musicians. Corinne’s voice, always an expressive and soulful instrument, resonates with a poignant and a newfound depth. Loss and grief are recurring themes, yet a sense of beauty and wonder ultimately radiates from the album’s dark corners.

“There is something miraculous that pushes you along, makes you keep going, makes you carry on. It’s really about the mystery of that. In fact, the whole album is about that in a way; it’s about loss but it’s also about hope, about keeping going and trying to find that beauty,” Bailey Rae told the Observer Music Monthly, which hailed The Sea as “an extraordinarily intimate and impassioned album.” The full interview can be found at:

In June 2006, Corinne’s debut album entered the UK album chart at number 1 and The Billboard 200 at number 17. Within a year, Bailey Rae had won a Q award, a MOJO award and two MOBO awards. She also appeared on a host of television shows, including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Ellen. She was nominated for three GRAMMY® awards – “Record Of The Year” and “Song Of The Year” for her first single, “Put Your Records On,” and “Best New Artist.” Her remarkable performance on the 2007 GRAMMY Awards telecast propelled her album into the Top 5 of The Billboard 200. The following year, “Like A Star,” Corinne’s second single, was nominated for “Song Of The Year” and Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, on which Corinne appeared, won the GRAMMY for “Album Of The Year.”

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