Corrine Bailey Rae Discusses Afro-futurism, Austin and Her Comeback

By Brittany Robinson
Station Manager

With the recent release of her fifth music video, “Hey, I Won’t Break Your Heart” from off of her latest album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, Corrine Bailey Rae has been on tour promoting her album non-stop. In just the last month, she started her first UK headlining tour in five years, performed at the Grammy Museum and had a performance Austin City Limits.

Since her debut ten years ago, with hit “Put Your Records On”, Corrine had become somewhat of a household name. People of all generations applauded her talent and abilities and after a six-year hiatus, which included her building a studio in her hometown and a move to Los Angeles, fans were glad to see her making music again. This time with a funkier sound with a new aesthetic that would flirt with Afro-futurism.

“I think I got a lot of experience moving to a new city and meeting new people,” Rae said. “I hung out with KING, Moses Sumney, Thundercat and just this really inspiring bunch of musicians who I felt were all doing their thing in a very independent way. I think that helped me realize I was on the right track to do things independently, and experiment and produce myself.”

Rae exudes life and brightness in her music, a quality that also shines through in her performance and presence. She’s a friendly and modest person who seems to appreciate the little things in life. She wants to be relatable and have a connection with those around her.

In regards to her new album, she said, “It’s cosmic, joyous and natural.” After watching Rae perform live and interviewing her, I can say her album truly reflects her spirit, cosmic, joyous and natural.

Featured image by Stephanie Warren.

Holly Henrichsen

Share Your Thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s