By Beatrice Esteban, Courier Staff Writer
The death of a loved one is undeniably difficult to get through, and individuals establish different coping mechanisms in an attempt to do just that. Musicians find it especially cathartic to intertwine their deep, complicated feelings into the lyrics and instruments of their music. English singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae is one of these musicians. Upon the death of her husband Jason Rae in January 2008, she took a brief hiatus from the music industry to deal with all the events happening in her personal life. Her newest album, The Sea
, was released on January 20 – nearly four years after her successful self-titled debut. The Sea
, however, differs from her charming and charismatic debut in that it delves into a multitude of genres and deeper emotions, producing an album for which one must develop an acquired taste.
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Roberta Martin (born February 12, 1907(1907-02-12) in Helena, Arkansas, died January 18, 1969) was an American gospel composer, singer, pianist, arranger and choral organizer, helped launch the careers of many other gospel artists through her group, The Roberta Martin Singers.
Born in Helena, Arkansas, Martin moved to Chicago with her family in 1917, where she studied piano. Although a high school teacher inspired her to dream of becoming a concert pianist, her future course was changed after accompanying the Young People's Choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church. She came into contact with Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the Father of Gospel Music, through her work as the pianist for the youth choir. With Dorsey's help, she and Theodore Frye organized the Martin-Frye Quartet, a youth group consisting of Eugene Smith, Norsalus McKissick, Robert Anderson, James Lawrence, Willie Webb and Romance Watson, in 1933. Martin renamed the group the Roberta Martin Singers in 1936 and added Bessie Folk and Delois Barrett Campbell to the group in the 1940s. The group set the standard for the gospel choir and mixed group, and had an extremely successful recording career, featuring such hits as "Only A Look," and "Grace."
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