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Video: Corinne Bailey Rae speaks about music, loss and hope

April 1, 2010 |  6:00 am

Corinne Bailey Rae did something brave and completely natural after the accidental death of her husband, Jason Rae, in 2008. She kept making music.

The young singer-songwriter was riding a gentle wave of success in the wake of her self-titled 2006 debut, which won critical accolades, sold well and received multiple honors, including three Grammy nominations. She took the time to stretch out on her follow-up, but then catastrophe struck in the form of an accidental overdose Jason ingested on a night out with friends. That event necessarily shifted the tone and focus of "The Sea," the album Rae finally completed and brought to the marketplace in January of this year.

Rae visited Los Angeles in February, and I sat down with her to discuss her new music and where her career might go next. I found her as thoughtful and quick to laugh as I had the first time I interviewed her, in 2007. The video above is a portion of our conversation.

On Tuesday at Vibiana in downtown L.A., Rae will begin her first North American tour since the release of "The Sea" with a benefit concert for KCRW-FM (89.9), the radio station that gave her her first Stateside airplay. She'll return a couple of weeks later to perform at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

-- Ann Powers