corinne

corinne

BandFolkAcoustic

Whoa! Soulful smilyness with a touch of British banter and a pinch of salt.

Biography

I am Corinne. Not Corrine, or Corin, or Karim, or Cream or even Green and I make music.
It all started when my Mum bought a piano for our front room as a decoration. I started to figure out little tunes by ear and I soon realised I had the knack.
Throughout school I was a classical youth, a musical geek with a dash of troubled teenager thrown in for good measure. I learned to play the piano, flute and oboe and was a member of every choir, band and orchestra I could be. But as I approached 16 I felt another calling. I love classical music but I knew it wasn't for me.
I was brought up surrounded by such a broad range of music; my Dad's influence was the soul and the funk, James Brown, Otis Reading, Millie Jackson, Desmond Decker; my Mum's being the likes of Neneh Cherry, Al Green, Barry White, The Pogues, The Clash, Bob Marley. Those influences were pulling me away from classical music into something contemporary, soulful and new. Southampton, however, could offer little more than a Yamaha keyboard and a Saturday night of vodka and lime cordials (they were the cheapest). I needed more. I needed a fresh start; I needed to learn new things and forget old ones.
In 2001 I moved to London and studied music at the BRIT School. This is where I gained the knowledge, confidence and ability to, musically, find myself. I was thrown in at the deep end, surrounded by new people, new cultures, new responsibilities and new music. It was a life changing two years. One of my main motivations was musicians who were self-taught. A fellow classmate at BRIT inspired my love for jazz music and I spent hours locked in my room listening to jazz CDs and playing them back until I understood the concept.
It was also at BRIT School that I began to write. At first it was more of a release from things I had been dealing with in my head, but soon it turned into a passion. Everything was making me write a new song. I began to allow myself to be influenced by everything and everyone I came into contact with and wrote about it.
So for the last four years I've been writing my catalogue of songs, gigging and developing. My music reflects the soul and jazz of my upbringing and my lyrics, the experiences I've had. There is so much more to come from me yet and I won't stop until I'm satisfied I've achieved all I want to from my music... which will probably be never!! If so, then that's cool.
The most important thing for me is to have fun; musically and in my life. There is so much in this world today to get depressed about and if you can't laugh about it then what can you do? Spark a 'J', I say. And the name's Corinne. Thanks.

Discography

Current tracks:

1. On The Tube
2. Home
3. He is my Music
4. Wherever You Go
5. Brick Lane Dreads
6. Call Me
7. I Have You
8. Funny
9. Listen!
10. Light of my Life
11. Madness
12. Never Fall in Love
13. Maybe
14. How Would it Feel? (Co written with Yogi)

Set List

Normally 1/2 Hr set:

1. Call Me
2. Home
3. He is my Music
4. Never Fall in Love
5. I Have You/Funny
6. On the Tube