Bailey Rae heals grief with music
Corinne Bailey Rae has revealed she became fixated on the grieving process in the months after her husband died.
After the death of Jason Rae from a drug overdose in 2008, the Grammy-nominated British singer-songwriter, dropped out of sight, spending her time resting or walking or with loved ones.
"I'm not familiar with that kind of shock that lasts all that amount of time," the 30-year-old recalled, adding: "It just sort of takes ages to sink in... You feel it and then you don't feel it; you know what's happened and then you don't really know what happened."
She continued: "Somebody wrote me a letter saying that you need to surrender to it, which I was like 'well, how do I surrender?'."
While Corinne has still not come to terms with her loss, she has determined that the grieving process is unique and different for everyone.
And for her, it included channelling her emotions into her music. The result is her touching, tender new album, The Sea, started before the death of her husband but finished more than a year later.
"There are other people that have had these similar experiences ... all different kinds of loss, and I feel like a lot of people don't really sing about it in popular music," said an upbeat, reflective Corinne during a recent interview.
"I want to be that one voice that is saying that this is also a human experience that is worth making music about."