Neo-soul songstress Corinne Bailey Rae was born in Leeds, England, in 1979. Inspired by such '90s alt rock icons as L7 and Veruca Salt, Rae formed her first band, the all-female indie rock outfit Helen. Despite developing a local following, the band folded and Rae enrolled at Leeds University to study English literature. A job at a jazz club inspired her more soul-oriented leanings and she began writing songs. Eventually, she scored a record deal with EMI and released her self-titled debut solo album in 2006. A year later, both an expanded edition of the album with a bonus disc and the CD/DVD set Live in London & NY appeared. ~ Matt Collar
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