Prince talked about education with Corinne Bailey Rae’s teacher mum

'He was really passionate about young people’ says Mercury nominee.

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Purple reign Prince is set to dominate this week's album charts. Image Picture Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Corinne Bailey Rae has revealed how Prince spent time talking to her mother about education.

Bailey Rae’s mother Linda Bailey is a teacher in Leeds, and their meeting came when the Mercury Prize-nominated singer took her mum to meet Prince following his gig at Leeds Arena in 2014.

Bailey Rae told Loaded: “I took my mum to meet Prince and he was really kind to her. They talked a lot about education, because Prince was really passionate about young people.”

“I stayed up partying with Prince and his band until 9am”

Since Prince’s death last week, it has emerged that the singer spent a large amount of money on charitable causes, which he chose not to speak about. In particular, his work funding a charity giving under-privileged children in Chicago access to computers has been highlighted.

Prince was a fan of Bailey Rae’s music, attending her first gig in New York in 2007 and inviting her to support him at a gig in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

Bailey Rae recalled: “I met Prince quite a lot. I watched him from the side of the stage at the aftershows he did after his gigs at the O2 in London nine years ago.

“And when I played with him in Abu Dhabi, he invited me and the band back to his hotel room. We stayed up partying with him and his band until 9am. Afterwards, I was ‘Did I just party the whole night with Prince?’”

Commenting on Prince’s death, Bailey Rae – who releases new album The Heart Speaks In Whispers on May 13 – said: “His death felt really sad. It felt so soon.

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Partying with Prince Corinne Bailey Rae has revealed how she partied with Prince until 9am.

“I think it was an alarm call for other musicians too. Sometimes, musicians feel that, because they had a record that was popular, they need to release another one in two years to keep their ‘product in the marketplace’ and their name in front of people. I never felt that with Prince.

“Prince did his own thing across so many styles. He never thought ‘Will people like this? Is this enough like the last record I did?’ Prince’s message was ‘Do your own thing – do something weird that no-one else is doing. We’ve got loads of shiny pop music, so why not just do what comes to your own mind?’”

Loaded will have a full interview with Corinne Bailey Rae next month.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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