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Corinne Bailey Rae debuts video for 'New York Transit Queen'

"Corinne Bailey Rae is putting most punk-rock acts to shame with this absolute face-melter of a track, and she's done it in under 2 minutes. It's going to kick off when this get's played live!" - Nikki Smash Riff Yard Media



July 11, 2023—Today, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae unveils the music video for her new riot grrrl punk inspired single, ‘New York Transit Queen.’ Watch the video HERE.

Bailey Rae’s inspiration for the song ‘New York Transit Queen’ is drawn from an archive photo of Miss New York Transit pageant winner Audrey Smaltz. “Audrey Smaltz’s song became a riot grrrl punk song because she has this playful, hellraiser look in her eye”, explains Bailey Rae. “The sexy or domestic 1950's photographs would be reimagined as powerful/tough/sexy/outside-of-the-male-gaze flyers for all girl band nights.”

'New York Transit Queen' is taken from Corinne Bailey Rae’s new album Black Rainbows which is set for release on September 15 via Thirty Tigers. Pre-save/pre-order the album HERE

Wide ranging in its themes, Black Rainbows’ subjects are drawn from encounters with objects in the Arts Bank, a curated collection of Black archives comprising books, sculpture, records, furniture and problematic objects from America’s past. From the rock hewn churches of Ethiopia to the journeys of Black Pioneers westward, from Miss New York Transit 1957 to how the sunset appears from Harriet Jacobs’ loophole, Black Rainbows explores Black femininity, Spell Work, Inner Space/Outer Space, time collapse, ancestors and music as a vessel for transcendence. Bailey Rae is touring through the USA from Sept 5th to October 7th, playing venues such as Yale University’s Schwarzman Center, New York’s National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. She will also be performing three very special shows in London’s Ladbroke Hall on October 25th, 26th and 28th plus a special appearance at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland on October 29th Cork City, as well as a number of shows in Spain.

CORINNE BAILEY RAE BLACK RAINBOWS 1. A Spell, A Prayer 2. Black Rainbows 3. Erasure 4. Earthlings 5. Red Horse 6. New York Transit Queen 7. He Will Follow You With His Eyes 8. Put It Down 9. Peach Velvet Sky 10. Before The Throne of Invisible God

CORINNE BAILEY RAE LIVE September 5—Long Island, NY—Staller Center for the Arts @ Stony Brook University September 6—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre September 8—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts September 9—New Haven, CT—Schwarzman Center at Yale University September 10—New York, NY—The National Jazz Museum in Harlem September 12—Cincinnati, OH—Memorial Hall September 14—Chicago, IL—Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at University of Chicago September 17—Nashville, TN—CMA Theater September 19—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall September 20—Durham, NC—Carolina Theatre September 22—Sugar Hill, GA—The Eagle Theater at Sugar Hill September 24—Birmingham, AL—Alys Stephens Center at University of Alabama September 26—New Orleans, LA—Orpheum Theater September 29—Austin, TX—The Paramount Theatre October 1—Houston, TX—Stafford Centre October 3—Dallas, TX—Texas Theatre October 5—Santa Fe, NM—Lensic Performing Arts Center October 7—Marfa, TX—Saint George Hall UK / SPAIN TOUR DATES October 25—London, UK—Ladbroke Hall October 26—London, UK—Ladbroke Hall October 28—London, UK—Ladbroke Hall October 29—Cork City, Ireland—Guinness Cork Jazz Festival October 31—Madrid, Spain—Teatro Pavón November 1—Barcelona, Spain—Studio P62 November 3—Seville, Spain—Cartuja Centre ABOUT CORINNE BAILEY RAE British singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 U.K. debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits ‘Put Your Records On’ and ‘Like A Star’. Over the course of her career she has released three critically acclaimed studio albums—Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sea and The Heart Speaks in Whispers—and earned two Grammy Awards, two MOBOS, and been nominated for multiple awards including the BRIT Awards, Mercury Music Prize and BET Awards. Her work for film and television includes the theme to Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (SKY1), ‘The Scientist’ for Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker opening title and soundtrack which charted globally, and in 2020 her song ‘New to Me’ was performed in the film The High Note by Tracee Ellis Ross. Bailey Rae has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, KING, Paul McCartney, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Questlove, Salaam Rami, RZA, Tyler The Creator, Paul Weller, Richard Hawley, Stevie Wonder, Tracey Thorn, Pharrell, Logic, Mick Jenkins, Miles Kane and many more.


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