ORRINNE MAY holds a B.M in Songwriting from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a B.A in English Literature (Hons.) from the National University of Singapore. A native of Singapore, Corrinne moved to the U.S as a young adult in pursuit of her music studies. Upon graduation from music school, Corrinne moved to Los Angeles and started performing in coffeehouses and listening rooms throughout Southern California, amassing fans with every show. She released her first album ‘Fly Away’ in 2000. On this album were two songs, ‘Fly Away’ and ‘Same Side of the Moon’ that she sang at the Kerrville Folk Festival where she won the title of New Folk Winner in the 2001 Kerrville New Folk Music Competition. Also on the album was the song ‘If You Didn’t Love Me’ a song Corrinne co-wrote with singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and legendary singer-songwriter Carole King.
Corrinne met her future husband and music producer while they were both studying at the Berklee College of Music. Together, they have collaborated on many music projects, including the production and release of 5 albums of Contemporary Pop music, which have topped the charts in her native Singapore and earned her platinum and gold records. Her music has also gained her a following in the U.S.A, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. In 2010, Corrinne was commissioned to write the National Day Theme Song for Singapore’s National Day. She sang her composition ‘Song For Singapore’ at the Padang in front of a 40,ooo strong crowd and the song was also telecast in a live broadcast to the whole nation.
In 2015, Corrinne was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Singapore to write a song for the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. The song was commissioned as a tribute from the Catholic Church in Singapore, to the nation and to the founding father’s and the early pioneers who paved the way for modern day Singapore. Corrinne sang her composition ‘Bless Our Singapore’ at the ‘JOY SG50’ concert, following a Mass celebrated for 10,000 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The Vatican envoy to Singapore, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Archbishop of Singapore William Goh and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong were all present at the celebrations. Corrinne May’s music and songs, though crafted with contemporary pop stylings, have always been inspired by her relationship with God.
A cradle Catholic, Corrinne was a church musician for 12 years in a parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles where she is based. However, it’s only been in the past three years that she has discovered the richness and heritage of her Catholic roots, especially within the liturgy of the Tridentine Mass. She has been deeply moved by the music of Gregorian chant, and the many traditional hymns that have been used within the Catholic church for hundreds of years. She is currently a choir member at an FSSP parish in Los Angeles and hopes to incorporate the richness of sacred tradition into her future songs. Corrinne is also a homeschooling mother and she hopes to teach her 11-year old daughter the beauty of her Catholic Faith and the Truth of Catholic Teachings.