You keep me flying, you keep me smiling
You keep me safe in a crazy world
You understand me, embrace my fragility
You keep me safe in a crazy world
And in your arms I find the strength
To believe in me again
--"Safe in a Crazy World"
With accomplished musicianship and exquisite soul, Corrinne May evokes words and music that are both generous and genuine, stories she reveals in a voice of striking purity and undeniable magic.
Her self-titled debut presented a calling card to audiences in the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Now, the suite of songs that comprises Safe in a Crazy World extends Corrinne's worldwide appeal as it speaks of her connection to those around her. She explains, "With the first record, I was pouring out the emotions I felt at being in a new city, having to leave my family and friends in search of my calling. I was looking for answers and the album was born out of that introspection. The new album is happier. There's more of a feeling of being settled and wanting to reach out and be involved with the world."
'Cause I don't know where your journey goes
Or how long it will take to unfold
But as long as we keep this moment shining in the dark
I know you're watching over every beat of my heart
-- "Every Beat of My Heart"
Corrinne's journey began in Singapore, the former British colony at the cosmopolitan crossroads of east and west where she studied classical music and earned her degree in English literature before moving to Boston for an education in songwriting and film composition at Berklee College of Music. Relocating to Los Angeles, she came to the attention of legendary Grammy-winning songwriters, Carole King and Carole Bayer Sager, with whom she collaborated. Live shows at intimate listening rooms including The Hotel Cafe, The Mint and Genghis Cohen introduced her to appreciative audiences as well.
With her debut came accolades: Harpers Bazaar, FHM, Music Connection and Performing Songwriter magazine who deemed the release, "a touching, enchanting record." MTV Asia featured her video for "Fly Away" and television shows on Lifetime and ABC selected her songs to underscore their dramas as did the Columbia/TriStar feature, So Close. Named Best Contemporary Album by the musical alliance, Just Plain Folks, the album spent over a year on the top sellers list at CD Baby.
All of this was a prelude to Safe in a Crazy World, wherein the promise of Corrinne's artistry blooms in full flower. Her trademark ballads are adorned by a cinematic string section and epic orchestrations and her lighter side shines on "Little Superhero Girl," where she wants to "turn the bullies that terrorize/Into pink poodles that bark but don't bite," and the upbeat pop of "If I Kissed You," when she asks a potential lover, "Would you run naked up the street with a tattoo of my name on your behind?" All of the songs are penned solo, with the exception of the poignant "Everything in Its Time," a collaboration with Carole Bayer Sager.
The river runs and the river hides
Out to the ocean and under the sky
I promise you, the answer will come
Hold on to patience and watch for the sign
Everything in it's time
-- "Everything in its Time"
With Safe in a Crazy World, Corrinne May creates a sonic sanctuary of hope and solace "When people connect with my music and tell me that I've given a voice to their feelings, it deeply moves me. Music is my balm for whenever life gets a little crazy and I love being able to share that."
In her art, as in her life, love radiates a luminous warmth.With lyrical themes of compassion and understanding, Corrinne May's artistry is a welcome invitation to be Safe in a Crazy World.
- Dan Kimpel