Grammy award winner Corinne Bailey Rae graced Chicago on the second stop of her U.S tour. Rae released her third album, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, on May 13th, 2016. This is a follow up to, The Sea which she released in 2010. She recorded it two years after her husband passed away. With some time to heal, a new perspective, and optimism Rae brings back the soulful sound we all need.
Chicago native Ravyn Lanae opened in front of the packed house at the Metro Thursday night. The 17-year-old soul singer is a member of a local music collective called Zero Fatigue which also includes Chicago artist Smino and Jean Deaux. Ravyn Lenae started the show with a smooth set full of crowd participation even passing the mic around a few times to find some talented assistance in the audience. She joked she was convinced all men with beards can sing. She did some original songs from her, Moon Shoes EP. Lenae also covered a few songs including Erykah Badu’s “On and On.”
Around 9:00 Corinne Bailey Rae took the stage to a seemingly overwhelming applause. The soft-spoken singer thanked the crowd for their love and attendance. Corinne and her four-piece band did some songs from the new album as well as favorites such as “Closer “and her biggest hit to date “Put Your Records On” from her 2006 self-titled debut album. Corinne showed a tremendous amount of admiration for her band throughout the show with each awe-inspiring solo and music break. She switched out from acoustic guitar to electric as the crowd sang and swayed through her emotional catalogue before her encore, performing “Like a Star.”