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The Music of Corrinne May

Updated on December 29, 2012

Corrinne May

Corrinne May (born January 19, 1973) is a Singaporean singer, musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and record producer based in Los Angeles.

She was named after her mother's favourite song Corinna, Corinna.

Corrinne's cover version of the Butch Bucharach classic "Close to You" was featured prominently in the movie "So Close". Her song "Journey" was featured on the Taiwanese drama Dolphin Bay Lovers.

Corrinne May Stuff

Corrine May's Song Lyrics

I'm not the easiest person to love

I'm often the one who lets things go unresolved

Yet you choose to be

On the side of me

On the side of me

Yet you choose to be on the side of me

On the side of me

I'm not too proud of some things

I've done in my life

The skeletons in my closet

Are too big for me to hide

Yet you choose to be

On the side of me

On the side of me

Blessed Charity

You're on the side of me

On the side of me

On the Side of Me Lyrics

What's wrong, whats getting you down

Is it something I might have said?

You're walking around

with your head to the ground

and your eyes are watery red

I know you've been through rough times

Kicked around, thrown to the ground

but you've always been the strong one

So don't tell me that nobody gets you

'cause I'm standing in your corner

Knocking at tour door

You don't have to be alone

Shelter Lyrics

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Corrinne May was born as Corrinne Foo May Ying. She is studied in Raffles Girls' Primary School, Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) and Raffles Junior College. She later majored in mass communications and English literature at the National University of Singapore. Corrinne left Singapore to further her music education at the Berklee College of Music, where she majored in songwriting and film scoring. In order to pursue her dreams in music, she moved to Los Angeles in 1999.

Corrinne co-wrote the song "If You Didn't Love Me" with the legendary songwriters Carole King and Carole Bayer Sager as part of her winning entry in a songwriting competition on the music industry website Carole King & Carole Bayer Sager wrote the lyric for the song and entertained submissions for the best musical accompaniment and melody. Corrinne's version was the winner. The song is featured on Corrinne's debut album. Corrinne has met Carole Bayer Sager but not Carole King.

Her song "Journey" was featured on the Taiwanese drama Dolphin Bay Lovers and was covered by popular Asian singers Angela Zhang and Gigi Leung.

Corrinne's cover version of the Burt Bacharach classic "Close to You" was featured prominently in the movie So Close released by Columbia-Tristar films (2002).

In September 2004, Corrinne May became the first (and only) artist singing exclusively in English, to be signed by the record label Forward Music in Taiwan, which distributes her music to Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and China.

Safe in a Crazy World (2005)

Safe in a Crazy World (2005)

Two songs from Corrinne's second album, "Save Me" and "Everything in its Time", were featured in Channel 5's hit television series Chase, which ran from March to May 2005. Chase arguably propelled Corrinne May from relative obscurity to an unprecedented level of recognition in Singapore.

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Fly Away (originally named Corrinne May) -released in 2001

"Combines the haunting otherworldliness of artists like Sarah McLachlan and Sting with the open veracity of Joni Mitchell...May's voice is instantly intoxicating...this is a touching, enchanting record." ---Clay Steakley, Performing Songwriter Magazine.

Excerpt from Bitmunk album reviews

Corrinne May
Corrinne May

Title Track

1. Fly Away

2. Same Side of the Moon

3. Something About You

4. Fall to Fly

5. If You Didn't Love Me

6. Stay on the Road

7. Mr. Beasley

8. All That I Need

9. Walk Away

10. Will You Remember Me

11. Journey

12. Mr. Beasley (unplugged)


Safe in a Crazy World - released in 2005

With this second independent release on Pink Armchair Records, Corrinne May is stirring the spiritual longings and grabbing the heartstrings of her thousands of fans yet again. Born and raised in Singapore, educated at Berklee College of Music, and making a huge splash the previous few years on the L.A. indie pop/rock scene and beyond, May is truly a citizen of the world. Two continents specifically, as the spiritual-minded, ethereal-voiced artist's 2001 self-titled debut scored both in the U.S. -- where she won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas -- and later throughout her native Asia upon distribution deals in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and her home island of Singapore. While her debut featured mostly introspective songs that chronicled her years as a songwriting and film scoring major at Berklee -- touching on the themes of loneliness, isolation, and finding her creative and spiritual purpose -- Safe in a Crazy World reflects a more upbeat, optimistic, and settled vibe. She finds clever ways to work her deep spiritual beliefs into the lyrically rich, emotionally compelling piano- and vocal-driven tapestry of the ten songs, including "Save Me," "Everything in Its Time," and "Angel in Disguise." Other standout tracks include "Little Superhero Girl" (which was literally inspired by the Powerpuff Girls cartoon) and "Every Beat of My Heart," a gentle, anthemic reminder to live in the present moment. ~ Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide

Excerpt from album reviews

Safe in a Crazy World
Safe in a Crazy World

Title Track

1. Little Superhero Girl

2. Save Me

3. Free

4. Everything in its Time

5. Safe in a Crazy World

6. Let it Go

7. Angel in Disguise

8. If I Kissed You

9. The Birthday Song

10. Every Beat of My Heart

11. Free (Radio Edit)


Beautiful Seed -released in 2007 by Warner Music

Choice Cut : ''On The Side Of Me,'' ''Shelter,'' ''Beautiful Seed,'' ''33,'' ''Five Loaves And Two Fishes''

She is more than Singapore's answer to Sarah McLachlan. Six years since her debut, Corrinne May releases her fourth album Beautiful Seed and has come into a sound of her own.

Beautiful Seed showcases 13 songs (the longest Corrinne May album yet). Undeniably a highlight, the first single "On The Side Of Me" has a soaring chorus and is filled with heartrending emotions.

Other gems include "Shelter" and the title song "Beautiful Seed," which are destined to be radio favorites. "Beautiful Seed" is the most intricate song that Corrinne May has ever written. Known for incorporating stories in her songs, Corrinne May evokes positive feelings as she sings "There is hope in every heartbeat/Tiny as it seems/You're a beautiful seed."

Being a devout Catholic, Corrinne May sings of her religion in "33" and "Five Loaves And Two Fishes" -- a personal favorite of the album. And I'm not even affiliated with the religion.

Corrinne May excels at what she does best by writing songs that touch the soul. With the help of her husband/musical director/producer Kavin Hoo, Beautiful Seed is definitely her best album to date.

Excerpt from album reviews

Beautiful Seed
Beautiful Seed

Title Track

1. Love Song for #1

2. Shelter

3. On the Side of Me

4. Five Loaves and Two Fishes

5. Beautiful Seed

6. Leaving

7. Scars (Stronger for Life)

8. City of Angels

9. My Little Nephew

10. Slow Down

11. Green-Eyed Monster

12. On My Way

13. 33

14. Shelter (Cherry Blossom Edition)"


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      David Gardner 

      5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Hmm. I had never heard of Corrinne May before .... but I'll consider getting some of her music now. Beautiful stuff! Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      Alex Graham 

      6 years ago


      Stunning, beautiful Voice!

      I will be watching for more,


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      6 years ago

      Asians Pride. i love Corrine May.

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      7 years ago

      good music)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      She is so very talented and you've done an excellent job with this lens.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Very nice showcase lens, I really enjoyed her music.


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