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For the Sake of the Song

Corinne Bailey Rae makes music -- and history

Rae co-wrote each of the CD's 11 songs and says that while fans can chart the personal lives of other singer-songwriters through their songs, she doesn't think fans can assume her music is a glimpse into her personal life.

"If you listen to the album, do you know me?" she pauses. "No, I don't think so. You can't say what kind of person I am just based on this music. I have lots of sides, lots of moods, and so does my music. I'm glad people like this album, but by no means is this everything I am. I have lots more songs in me, I hope. I do put a lot of myself in every song, but not in an autobiographical or personal way.

Corrine Bailey Rae: The first British female artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's UK chart.
Emma Hardy
Corrine Bailey Rae: The first British female artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's UK chart.

"I don't think, 'What does this say about me?' or 'What are people going to think?' when I write a song. I just write the best song I can at the time and hope it's received well. If I worried about what the audience was going to think about my songs, I couldn't write, I think. I would be frozen, you know, hoping that I was doing it right, that people would like it. It's better for me to write whatever song I have in my head at the time and hope that's enough."

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