Beneath New York City’s Maritime Hotel, under the paper lanterns and vaulted ceilings of the Japanese-themed Hiro Ballroom, British neo-soul star Corinne Bailey Rae gave her fans a special treat: an intimate performance showcasing her hit album, The Sea, two months before its release.
In 2006 neo-soul songstress Corinne Bailey Rae became only the fourth female British act in history to have her first album enter the charts at Number One – her self-titled solo debut, which earned her Grammy nominations for “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Best New Artist.” Corinne’s highly anticipated follow-up album, The Sea, is was released in February 2010 and debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200.
Boasting tiered seating, balconies, and eye catching staircases, the Maritime Hotel’s Japanese-themed ballroom looks like something ripped from the past. The cozy booths, hanging lanterns, and vaulted ceiling are all gorgeously crafted, creating a palpable sense of history in its elegant atmosphere. The ballroom closed its doors in 2012, but you can relive its glory days in Corinne’s episode with the Artists Den.