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Corinne Bailey Rae Preps ‘The Love’ Cover EP

Grammy Award winning R&B singer Corinne Bailey Rae will release The Love EP on January 25, 2011, via Capitol Records. The set is a five-song collection of covers that Bailey Rae calls a “homage to some of my favorite musicians, as well as a conversation between some of my musical influences.” The Love EP kicks off with a cover of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” which is one of Bailey Rae’s favorite songs from the legendary pop star. “I met Prince in London at his show at the O2 Arena,” she says. “I was amazed by the gig but even more impressed by the after-show he did in a small venue where he tore it up on the guitar. I love singing rhythmical music but never seem to write anything like that so getting to do this song was a dream.” Bailey Rae also covers Bob Marley’s classic “Is This Love.” “Bob Marley is an incredible songwriter and this is one of my favorites,” Bailey Rae says. “I wanted to bring the tempo back to underline the poignancy of the lyric. Marley’s music is so influenced by American doo-wop, so I loved that guitarist John McCallum gave it this Hendrixy/Curtis Mayfield sound, two musicians who also brought doo-wop into their own sound.” Also included on the set is “Low Red Moon,” written by former Throwing Muses/Breeders singer Tanya Donelly for her band Belly, “My Love,” a No. 1 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings and a live version of “Que Sera, Sera” (popularized by Doris Day and Sly Stone). Bailey Rae co-produced each track on The Love EP with Steve Brown who co- produced Bailey Rae’s latest album The Sea.

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