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Monday's Connector: Corinne Bailey Rae

February 5th, 2010
04:22 PM ET

English singer-songwriter, Corinne Bailey Rae, is a relative newcomer to the music world, but in only a few years she has already made a big impact.

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Her debut album, "Corinne Bailey Rae" was released in February 2006 to worldwide acclaim and she came away with a number of important music awards.

Rae is currently out with a new album called "The Sea" which she says helped her through the tragedy of losing her husband in 2008.

The singer was married to fellow musician, Jason Rae from 2001 until he died of an accidental drug overdose. Even though it was a difficult time for Rae, she is quoted as saying the process of recording her new album helped her through the tragedy.

Rae is also involved with an international gathering of young minds called "One Young World" which is aimed at helping solve the world's problems.

The organizers of "One Young World" have invited Rae to perform two songs for the speakers and delegates as the finale to the opening ceremony.

Here's your chance to ask Corinne Bailey Rae your questions.

Please post your questions below.

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  1. suzi

    I d like to ask to Corinne Bailey Rae what was the most interesting country that she visited and why?

    February 5, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  2. Kevin Falope

    What inspires you to write such powerful and multidimensional songs and is it a conscious decision in that process to write songs that are flexible in meaning and possess a value that transcends seasonality .
    Cases in point 'Venus as a boy' and 'Are you here' to name a few.

    February 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  3. Kevin Falope

    And just to add, it's been a privilege to listen to your music, it's been uplifting and refreshing. It's one of my life's dreams to meet you and share my experiences with you. Your biggest fan.

    February 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  4. Christine in Hamburg

    Corinne: I've listened to your songs thousands of times. They are a part of my life. Question: Do you sing and play music every day or do you take days off and hang around? And what do you like to do most besides making music?

    Christine (Germany)

    February 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  5. YMA

    Firstly I'd like to say I loved your first album and hope your second is just as good! What influence, if any at all, has being from Leeds and studying at the U of L had on you as a person, and on your musical style? Who did you listen to growing up, and how have they impacted on the music you make? And finally ... are there any artists that your would like to work with, and why? Thanks

    February 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  6. Carlos T

    I love "put your records on", do you have any tour plans in the U.S. this coming summer?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  7. Ryan Migdal - North Carolina

    I really love your song "Choux Pastry Heart". It's really beautiful. What is the title of that song all about?

    When you "go put your records on, "what is YOUR favorite song....of all time?

    February 6, 2010 at 8:18 am | Reply
  8. Murugi - Kenya

    Love your music. 🙂
    Who would you like to collaborate with?
    If you were not a musician what would other profession would you like to pursue?

    February 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  9. Joanne

    Would you ever perform in the United State Virgin Islands?

    February 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  10. Debes Chino

    Howdy Corinne, understanding you and your musical career, I believe without doubts that THE SEA would make waves.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  11. Andora (Barbados)

    I loved another rainy day on your first album which was a refreshing album very light and clear yet full of feeling and depth. Not dark like so much of teh music out right now.

    You are referred to as a pop artist, do you see maybe a jazz album in your future?

    February 7, 2010 at 4:43 am | Reply
  12. Brent Joel Trinidad and Tobago

    I would love to see you in concert and have no clue when you are performing next. I really enjoy your sound and as a West Indian, I admire how you have made it in the Industry.

    February 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  13. JAS

    My music taste and collection consists mainly of Jay-Z, DMX, Eminem, Canibus, KRS-One, just to name a few...but the very first time I heard Just Like Star, I was stunned by your voice, clarity and melody. When you're writing and making a song, what do you strive to achieve?

    February 8, 2010 at 7:57 am | Reply
  14. Anne

    My question to Corinne is this: You've been through some hard times recently, and you've come out a stronger and more beautiful woman (I admire you for that). I'm going through a difficult time right now. I'd like to know what keeps you going and what advice do you have for young woman like me?

    Anne (London)

    February 8, 2010 at 11:42 am | Reply
  15. Prince Iyke

    It is a previlege to listen to such an inspiring songs like urs,but would like to know what was ur happiest moment ever.PRINCE IK NIGERIA.

    February 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  16. Gem

    Diving for Hearts is my favorite song from the new album; I love the lyrics, instruments, atmosphere. Do you have a favorite song from this new album?

    Also, what was your aunt's reaction when she heard/saw/learned about the song The Sea?

    February 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  17. The ICU

    As I'm sure you are aware, Music has the ability to heal, change the course of history, and create joy. You have participated in 6664 and now The One Young World movement. How did it feel to first discover that your voice can be a tool for social change and what are your plans to develop this aspect of your gift in the future?

    February 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  18. Evelyn N. Alfred

    Your hair is lovely. What do you do to keep it looking so healthy?

    Which of your songs do you catch yourself humming when no one's around?

    February 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  19. Joni

    I heard that you recorded a lot of this album "live" in the studio. Do you prefer that? I would think there would be more synergy when everyone is together. What are your thoughts about the use of computers today in compiling tracks for albums?

    February 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  20. tanisha

    what do you think was the moment when you realized that you were going to be able to do music professionally? what did that feel like?

    February 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  21. Brittni Jessie

    I just want to say that I love You AND your music as well...what fo u usually do to write a song? do u have a certain routine...or u just sit down and start writing? I am a songwriter and wanted to know if you have any helpful tips that I would be able to use in the future? thank you..love you God bless u and i'll be continuing to pray 4 u and ur family :]]

    February 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  22. Paola Herrera

    Have you ever considered coming to mexico / latinamerica? ...

    I have to tell you ... you have some serious fans over here ....

    February 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Reply

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