Corrine Bailey Rae happy to have kids on tour
Corrine Bailey Rae loves taking her kids on tour.
The 42-year-old singer is delighted that her career allows her to be a ‘present’ parent to her daughters – who are four and two – and even when she has gigs to play there is still plenty of time in the house. day so they can have quality time together.
She said: “I end up seeing them more than if I worked in a bank or a school.
“I feel like I have both things; things I thought were impossible – having a career that I really enjoy and becoming a parent and being present with my children.
“I can be with the kids most of the day. They can come to the sound check if they want, or they can find fun things to do in a park.
“Then they’ll come to the shows in the evening – they’ll either be in their pajamas or asleep on top of my mum.
“Sometimes they want to watch the show, sometimes they don’t, but they love running around the room.
“As always with touring, you’ll have a few days of downtime between shows, so you could have five days on a beach or go to museums and parks. It’s an adventure.
The “Put Your Records On” singer and her husband, jazz musician Steve Brown, passed on their love of music to their children.
She said: “They really like the music. We sing a lot. It’s a great way for kids to learn.
“Even when you’re half asleep, you can still sing to them. It’s like telling them a story that you learned by heart.
“Whether it’s Christmas songs, nursery rhymes, music from commercials and musicals, things you’ve come up with for them to brush their teeth – I find myself singing anything.”
Steve is also Corinne’s musical director and she loves their working relationship.
She said to the British HELLO! magazine: “Steve and I always worked together before we were a couple, so I know his work style very well.
“It’s really great to play with him while we’re on tour and hear where he wants to take the show from one night to the next.”