Corinne Bailey Rae sings 'Like a Star.'

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Just a few years ago, Corinne checked coats and hats at a jazz club. These days, she's rubbing elbows with her idols at awards shows. Corinne says that meeting Mary J. Blige, one of her musical influences, was a very memorable moment for her.

"Afterwards I was so overwhelmed," she says. "I started crying and everybody's coming up, [saying], 'What's happened?' [I said], 'I just met Mary J. Blige.' ... That's been one of the most amazing things about this year is getting to meet people who I've really admired."

Corinne says her sudden success still feels very "surreal," but the feeling she gets when she takes the stage has remained the same. "When I'm actually singing the songs it feels amazing, and it feels like it always has," she says. "I love performing gigs."

As a special treat, Corinne performs "Like a Star," one of her most downloaded hits.
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FROM: Mary J. Blige, Carly Simon and Corinne Bailey Rae
Published on January 16, 2007

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