Corinne Bailey Rae was born on February 26, 1979 in England to a Kittian father and an English mother. She first started playing the violin at school before turning to singing. She released her first single "Like a Star" from her debut album "Corinne Bailey Rae" in 2005 which debuted at number 1 on the U.K. charts and went to number 4 on the U.S. charts.
In March 2008, Corinne lost her husband of 7 years Jason Rae to a drug overdose and took a break from the music business. In 2009 she released a single "I'd do it again" ironically written after an argument with her husband 2 months before his death. She released her second album "The Sea" on January 20, 2010. It debuted on the U.S. Billboard top 200 album charts at number 7.