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Love Letter To A Record: GRAE On Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Self-Titled’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.

In this Love Letter To A Record series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.

GRAE – Corinne Bailey Rae , Corinne Bailey Rae (2006)

I don’t talk about this album enough when I really should. Corinne Bailey Rae inspired me immensely growing up (alongside Janet Jackson and Norah Jones, of course).

Corinne’s self-titled album has such an essential role in my relationship with music. This record was always playing in the house and really helped me find my voice. I sang ‘Put Your Records On’ every chance I got; at talent shows, school assemblies, etc.

I tried to mimic how Corinne sang, and I believe her influence (as well as Norah Jones) is how I developed my vocal tone. So I owe a lot to this record, and it brings back a lot of happy memories of simpler times.

GRAE is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s just shared her new single ‘Forget You’, which has been lifted off her debut LP ‘Whiplash,’ out Friday, April 15th.

The sentimental new effort was produced by her long-time collaborator Connor Seidel and co-written with Willa Milner.

Take it for a spin below!

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