One of the most popular concert venues in Washington, D.C. has become the NPR headquarters. OK, so maybe we're only half-joking with that statement, but the fact is that so many of our favorite acts have been coming through there to perform at NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert when they're in the Nation's Capital. This year alone has seen Anthony Hamilton, Gregory Porter and Anderson .Paak cram their talent and bands into a few square feet and shine bright under fluorescent office lights. The most recent to stop by to entertain staff and special guests (including a few of us from SoulBounce) during a free daytime mini-concert was British darling Corinne Bailey Rae.
Tiny Desk Concert creator and curator Bob Boilen introduced Corinne to a round of applause from the intimate crowd gathered to hear her sing. With a voice as sweet and soft as a lullaby and a charming, almost girlish smile, Bailey Rae picked up her guitar and started her set with "Paris Nights/New York Mornings." The single from her 2010 album, The Sea, got her show off to a lively start before she turned her focus to matters of the heart and slowed things down on "Hey, I Won't Break Your Heart." Before singing the cut from The Heart Speaks In Whispers, Corinne shared a brief story about finding love again, which she has with producer Steve Brown, who was also there and accompanied her on keys.
Corinne wrapped her sweet and oh-so-short Tiny Desk Concert up with one more song from The Heart Speaks In Whispers, the single "The Skies Will Break." She began with a slow build before picking the tempo up on the song's catchy chorus. Toward the end of her performance, she laid her guitar down and led the crowd in clapping along to the beat until her melodic finish. Her joy was palpable as she performed what we're guessing is her jam.
At the concert's end, the audience showered applause on Corinne Bailey Rae who soaked up all the love in the room like it was sunshine, when it was truly her who brightened everyone's day.