Saw a video last night on VH1 Soul while I was writing, and the music was so gorgeously arresting, it stopped me in my tracks. The woman’s voice reminded me of some kind of cross-pollination of Erykah Badu and the smoothness of The Brand New Heavies meets, hell, I don’t know, Dido maybe, and I don’t even know if that’s a close enough estimation. It is its own creature, just plain exquisite, and the music wrapped around it…wow. Her voice has a childlike gentleness, yet it delivers strongly, confidently, perfectly.
The song that got me was called “Like A Star.” I quickly proceeded to Google her, bought that puppy online, and have been playing it over and over and over and over and over ever since. The singer’s name is Corinne Bailey Rae.
Turns out yesterday was actually the official release date of her self-titled album, Corinne Bailey Rae, so apparently I was right on time discovering her.
Go here to her site to listen to her music. The first song that begins to play when you go to the website is the one that grabbed me so instantly—“Like A Star.” Here’s the video for it. Samples of all the other songs on her cd can also be heard at her site, and they too are quite lovely, well worth the purchase price.