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Net Worth:
$4 Million
Feb 26, 1979 (45 years old)
5 ft 2 in (1.6 m)
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter
United Kingdom
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  1. Early Life
  2. Career
  3. Personal Life

What is Corinne Bailey Rae's Net Worth?

Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist who has a net worth of $4 million. Corinne Bailey Rae burst onto the British music scene as one of the most promising UK vocalists of the new millennium. With the release of her debut album, "Corinne Bailey Rae," in February 2006, Bailey made history becoming the fourth British female to have her first album debut at number one. The following year, she received three Grammy Award and three Brit Award nominations, and won two MOBO Awards. The accolades were justified with the release of her second album, "The Sea," in January 2010, which was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. More recognition followed as she won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for "Is This Love" in 2012. To date, her albums have sold over five million copies worldwide.

Early Life

Bailey Rae was born on February 26, 1979 in Leeds, England. Her mother is English while her father is from Saint Kitts and Nevis, though they separated when she was a child. She grew up with her two younger sisters, Candice and Rhea. Bailey Rae began studying classical violin at school and then turned her attention to singing. She sang at the Plymouth Brethren church as a child and then later at a Baptist church. She recorded two albums with the worship ministry youth group, Revive. After finishing high school, Bailey Rae studied English language and literature at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2000.


Bailey Rae formed an indie group called Helen which performed many shows throughout Leeds. However, the band failed to secure a record deal and eventually disbanded. She then began working on solo material and started taking a more soulful approach to her music. She worked with a couple Leeds-based groups, the New Mastersounds and Home Cut Directive, and appears on their albums.

In 2004, Bailey Rae got a breakthrough when she was signed to Global Talent Publishing. She was also approached by Craig David's mentor, Mark Hill, to appear on his new album. The resulting collaboration, "Young and Foolish," was released in April of 2005 and brought Bailey Rae to the attention of the major record label bosses.

Bailey Rae released her debut single, "Like a Star," in November of 2005. Her debut self-titled album followed in February of 2006. It debuted at number one in the UK and entered the top ten of the US Billboard 200. The lead single, "Like a Star," became a hit in both the UK and the US. The second single off the album, "Put Your Records On," became an even bigger hit, selling nearly one million downloads. Other singles from the album included "I'd Like To" and "Trouble Sleeping."

In mid-2006, Bailey Rae embarked on her first international tour through Europe and North America, playing 55 shows with the R&B singer John Legend. Her album was certified double platinum and she won two awards at the UK's MOBO Awards in the "Best UK Newcomer" and "Best UK Female" categories. At the 2007 Grammy Awards, she received three nominations in the "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year," and "Best New Artist" categories. During the ceremony, she performed "Like a Star" and also joined John Legend and John Mayer in a collaborative performance. The following year, at the 2008 Grammy Awards, she won in the "Album of the Year" category and "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" for her collaboration on "River: The Joni Letters."

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Bailey Rae released her second album, "The Sea," in January of 2010. The album featured the lead single "I'd Do it All Again" and the follow-up single "Closer." She embarked on her second world tour, visiting Europe, the US, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the Middle East.

In January of 2011, she released "The Love EP" which featured five recordings of love songs including "I Wanna Be Your Lover" by Prince," "Is This Love" by Bob Marley," and "My Love" by Paul McCartney & Wings, among others. She won a Grammy Award for the first single, "Is This Love," at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Bailey Rae released her third album, "The Heart Speaks in Whispers," in May of 2016. It debuted in the number two spot on the Billboard's R&B chart. NPR named it one of their favorite 30 albums of the year. She performed at a number of summer music festivals throughout Europe and the UK, including Glastonbury, and was a special guest supporting Stevie Wonder at his Hyde Park, London concert.

A number of Bailey Rae's songs have been featured in movie soundtracks and on television shows. "Like a Star" can be heard in "27 Dresses," "Perfect Stranger," "Venus," "Criminal Minds," and "Grey's Anatomy," among others. Her song "I'd Like To" is featured in the soundtrack for the film "He's Just Not That Into You."

Personal Life

While a university student, Bailey Rae began working as a hat check girl at the local jazz club. While there, she met Scotsman Jason Rae. The two began dating and were married in 2001, when she was 21 years old. She changed her name from Bailey to Bailey Rae. Her husband was also a musician and played the saxophone for an eight-piece group called Haggis Horns. He also worked with other musicians on their albums, including Amy Winehouse, the New Mastersounds, and Martina Topley-Bird, among others.

In March of 2008, Jason Rae was found dead in a flat in the Hyde Park area of Leeds. The cause of death was ruled misadventure and the coroner stated he had died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and methadone. He had access to methadone through a friend who was recovering from an addiction to heroin.

Bailey Rae remained single for a while to cope with the death of her first husband. She later began a romantic relationship with Steve Brown, her longtime friend, producer, and jazz musician. The two married in 2013 and have since had two daughters together.

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