Norah Jones -Songstress with Style

Norah Jones - 9 Grammy Winner

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The Grammy winning songstress, Norah Jones, the lady with the beautiful voice, continues to delight audiences with her beautiful voice and style. Norah started out as a lounge singer in NYC before she became a recording artist. She is certainly a lady of many talents, as she is a singer, song writer, pianist, keyboardist, guitarist and actress. She very quickly became a big star having a casual, relaxed quality in her music.

In 2002, she recorded her first critically acclaimed album, “Come Away With Me. The album was released on February, 2002, debuting at #139 on the U S Billboard 200, and quickly rose to #1. The single “Don’t Know Why” hit #1 on the top 40. This earned her 5 Grammy awards: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. When asked by Katie Couric how she felt after sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards she said, “I felt like I went to somebody elses birthday party and I ate all their cake without anybody else getting a piece.”

My Favorite - Come Away With Me

Norah Jones - Don't Know Why

Norah Jones Albums

Norah Jones Early Live

Norah was born Geethali Jones Shankkar in NYC on March 30, 1979, and her father is Ravi Shankar (a legendary Indian musician) and her mother is Sue Jones, who was a dancer. At the age of 16 she official shortened her name. She spent her childhood with her mother, who moved to Texas when Norah was 4 years old. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She sang in choirs and played numerous instruments, including the saxophone. She is particularly fond of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday, but she considers Willie Nelson her mentor.

She spent 3 years at University of NorthTexas where she majored in jazz piano and sang with the UNT singers. She met Jessie Harrris at this time and in less than a year,1999; she headed for NYC, seeking great success. They started a band at that time. She was in a long term relationship from 2000-2008, with Lee Alexander. I remember when she won that Grammy; they said she lived in a little apartment in NYC, but she sure hit it big the first time around.

In 2003, there were rumors that Indian filmmaker Dev Anand was going to make a movie of her life titled “Songs of Life” which would have been inspired my her troubled relationship with her father. She and both of her parents were outraged, and the movie never happened. She believes her personal life should remain private.

Norah at the Piano

2nd Album - Feels Like Home

Norah released her second album, “Feels Like Home” in Feb, 2004.  The second album was influenced by country.  It sold a million copies within a week of its release, then eventually 10 million copies world wide and it was certified Platinum.  Norah won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Sunrise.”  While her style is changed in this second album, her voice is still beautiful, as well as, her piano playing

Sunrise

3rd Album - Not Too Late

The third album, “Not Too Late” was released in January 2007. She wrote or co-wrote all of the songs and this was the first album of hers that was not produced by Arif Mardin who died the summer before. There is a duet with Dolly Parton in this album. The album reached first in only twenty countries with total sales of 36 million worldwide, which is still quite sizable.

Norah Jones - Not too Late

4th Album - The Fall

Norah just released her fourth album, “The Fall”, in November 2009. It debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 800,000 the first week, however, it is her first album to not reach #1 The lead single “Chasing Pirates” peaked at 13 on Billboard’s Hot Adult contemporary Tracks, and at #7 fro Billboard Jazz Songs chart. This album has a bit more of a rock/pop base but her voice and the way she softly croons out her tunes still have not changed.

Jones was ranked the top Jazz recording artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard magazine. She also received a nomination at the Grammys for a duet “Baby, Its Cold Outside” which she sang with Willie Nelson, plus three other duets have received nominations.

In 2007, Jones was accredited as a featured artist on the album, “River” by Herbie Hancocks, which gave her the ninth Grammy win.

Album Raising Money for the Congo

She has another 2010, albumcalled “Norah Jones: Raise Hope for Congo” where all revenue will be used to help stop violence against woman and girls.

Norah Movie Debut

Norah has also had two brief appearances in moves and she has appeared on tracks more band than I could possibly list in this hub. She adores meeting and working with all kinds of singers.

She made her acting debut in 2007, in “My Blueberry Nights” staring Jude Law, David Strathaim, Rachael Weisz and Natalie Portman., which was the opening for the Cannes Film Festival and in competition with 22 films. She has also toured the world and the US over the years.

To Summarize:

This is Norah’s description of herself, I'm not melancholy; I'm a happy-go-lucky person, kind of silly. I like funny things. I have a lot of energy. I tend to like music that's mellow, though.” She jumped into her career and doesn’t worry about playing it safe. She has changed the type of music for her various albums, but her underlying style always shines through. I don’t know where Norah Jones is headed from here but at 32 years old, it seems she has the world by the tail. If you enjoy some beautiful slow, light jazz, she is hard to beat.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

You struck gold with Norah. She's so beautiful and talented. In the old days I think she would have made a great torch singer!!!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, I do too. I have loved listening to her music from the first song I heard. Thanks for your comment.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Pamela, She has a golden voice and a great style. She is a very special singer.

Keep on hubbing!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Eovery, Thanks for your comments.


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vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

She's pretty awesome and so isn't her sister on the sitah.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Norah Jones' music is so romantic and mellow... I love listening to her songs, especially "Don't Know Why." Great Hub! Thanks for the entertainment.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

A lovely tribute, Pamela, to a lovely and talented singer. Did not know that Norah's father was the artist, Ravi Shankar. Thank you for the great videos, too.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I had no idea that was Ravi Shankar's daughter. Yow, am I outta touch!!


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Very awesome hub my dear friend, that you for introducting me to a new and heartfelt singer. I always enjoy reading all your hub, you are always full of new ideas and interesting subjects, you are simply fantastic and so is this hub...thumbs up and all the above...


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

vrajavala, She has an older half-sister of Anoushka Shankar but I don't know anything about her except I think she has been involved in some movies having to do with human rights for countries with violence. Sorry I can't answer your question. Thanks for your comment

katlospyd, That is a fantastic song. Thanks for your comment.

drbj, I'm glad you enjoyed the videos and hub. Thanks for your comments.

Chris, From what I gathered he was not involved in her life, plus she changed her name when she was 16 so most people probably wouldn't make the connection.

Darlene, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub and I know you will get hours of enjoyment from her music.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I am a huge fan of Norah Jones. She is truly gifted.


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G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I often listen to her while i am writing. She puts me in a nice place.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

POP, Yes, she is gifted. Thanks for your comment.

G L Strout, I often do the same thing. Her soothing voice is wonderful background music. Thanks for your comment.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

A brilliant songwriter and vocalist. Being Ravi Shankar's daughter put high expectations on her. Thanks for the youtube links.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Billy, I am glad you appreciated the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Fantastic---Thanks Pamela for this Hub. Awesome videos as well.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I, like so many others, feel in love with Nora Jones and in fact wrote a song for her, she never used it. I should post it it's a really good song. It's run a way with me for the moment! Wrote it over ten years ago for Norah Jones. She's a fantastic voice. Love the videos thank you :)


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Nora's light and quirky personality came out in her song-video"Sunshine" which makes it my favorite song along with my affection for her others,along with "Chasing Pirates";)


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Pam, I had never heard of her or her music. I enjoyed the "It's not too Late" and will listen to more. Great job and for me a good introduction to her talent, thanks, 50


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Norah has that smooth laid back sounding voice. A Billy Holiday swing and tone to her voice. Norah is the kind of voice to relax with, kick off your shoes, put your hands behind your head and close your eyes and float away. I remember her father well back in the 60's and 70's wearing his Nero jacket, beads and strumming his Sitar. He ranked up there around a lot of coffee shops with folk artist's at the time.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cybersupe, Thanks for the compliment and I appreciate your comments.

Katiem, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. It would have been nice if she had used the song. I fell in love with her singing the first time I heard her also. Thanks for your comments.

Mentalist acer, She really has the talent to sing most any type of song as I think they are all good. Thanks for your comment.

50 Calibre, I am glad to have introduced her to you and thanks for your comment.

saddlerider, Thanks for adding that information and I appreciate you comments.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I love her voice. Gosh, I wish I could sing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sheila, You and be both. Thanks for your comment.


Partisan Patriot 6 years ago

Pamela

Mrs. Patriot is a big fan of Norah Jones and I gotta admit, she's easy on the eyes.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Patriot, Yes, she's a beauty and so talented. Thanks for your remarks.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Awesome talent, and you did a great job reporting!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Beautiful, sweet and talented in one super star package! Love her, love her, love her! Thanks for bringing a bright spot to my evening Pamela! UP and awesome buddy~

K9


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee, Thank you so much for your comments.

K9keystrokes, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for your comments.


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killrats 6 years ago from Cape town South Africa

Hi Pamela,

Very nice indeed. Enjoyed very much.

Yes she has a good voice and pretty to go with it.

Have a blessed day.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Killrats, Thank you for your comments.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for introduce me to her and your wonderful, informative huc. I really enjoyed reading it.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

WOW..I like her voice; Thank you for this introduction to Norah. I will have to listen to more of her music.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Pamela99: This is quite different from what I have seen from you!! I always thought she had a beautiful voice. I enjoyed reading about Norah Jones and listening to the very talented/unique artist/singer. Voted/rated.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, You're welcome and thanks for your comment.

Coolmon, It is so nice to play her music in the background as it is so soothing. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks.

Support Med, I haven't written about any star before but I particularly like her music so I enjoy writing on different topics occasionally. Thanks for your comment.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Pamela - NICE! I love Nora Jones! I was just doing a hub today on Lady Antebellum kinda sorta and saw Nora's new album which I do not have - must get!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Audry, I appreciate your comments.


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

My wife saw Ravi at Woodstock!

Nora's great!

Do you know if "Feels Like Home" was a cover of Randy Newman's song by the same title?


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Nice job here Pamela. Don't know why was always a great song.I had never heard " Chasing Pirates " before really enjoyed it.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

After her first album I kind of lost track of her (not because her music was not good of course). Just for whatever reason I didn't keep up. But she's an amazing singer, an amazing songwriter, and she's pretty cute to boot. I MUST check out her new album, and thanks for reminding me of her. :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

FCEier, Yes, I did know that. It's neat you wife got to see Ravi. I appreciate you comments.

tony, Thanks a lot for your comments.

Springboard, You're welcome. When I was reading about her she was involved with so many other musicians that she really didn't put out her second album that quickly. Thanks for your comment.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Pamela, I am back and good to read this one, you really did well in featuring her, I miss your hubs and you too, Good job here, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Miata, It is a pleasure to have you back. Thanks you for your comments.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I love Norah Jones and her music. I own all of her CDs and have listened to them countless times. Great Hub!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

James, Me too. I appreciate your comments.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

I love Norah Jones's music and sultry voice. Excellent hub.

Pamela-I don't know how you do it! over 200 hubs in just 12 months! I'm impressed, and envious. Work is keeping me so busy, and it is so stressful...sadly, I don't even have the time or energy to write. I could usually fit one in during the w/e and now, even that is a struggle! I'm really on the pity pot right now-boo hoo.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Denise, First off, I don't work outside the home. My mother lives with us who is 86 and my husband had a stroke at 58 and they both need some care, but I still have more time on my hands than you.

Thanks so much for your comment on Norah as I feel the same way about her voice.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Great hub. I enjoyed learning more about Norah.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, Thanks so much for your comment. She has such a beautiful voice.


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

She is an amazing singer, and judging by the comments lots of people agree.

The sound of her voice always makes me feel soothed.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

2patricias, She really is and I love listening to her. Thanks for your comment.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

One of my all time favorite female vocalists. I used to listen to her music while traveling on business - on planes, on the road, in hotels. She was of great comfort during a difficult phase. Thanks for the great reminder of her work.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Peg, Thanks so much for your comments. I find her music soothing also.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Well here I am back to hear some more of Nora Jones. The title keeps pulling me in. Great topic and interesting hub.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

PegCole, Thanks for the comments and the visit. Norah Jones has such a great voice and I love to hear her sing.


AudraLeigh 3 years ago

I have only recently heard of Norah and her siter; a musician too. You have written a great review that documents her career too! You are very good at what you do!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I don't think anyone would argue with your choice of singers here Pamela. Nora Jones' talent speaks for itself. One of your comments above says "she would've made a great torch singer" I think that is definitely the truth, her soothing, and melodious voice plays us like instruments!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Mary, I agree fully with your comments and I enjoy her singing immensely. Thanks so much for your comments and vote.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Audral, Thank you so much for your kind comments.

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