Norah Jones -Songstress with Style
Norah Jones - 9 Grammy Winner
Norah Jones Instant Hit
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 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
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, album called “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 movies, and she has appeared on tracks with 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.
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.
However, she is very private concernibg her persinal life. Her husband, musician Cris Pratt, had their first child, a son, in 2014. She has never revealed his name, and has since had a second child.
I don’t know where Norah Jones is headed from here but at 37 years old, it seems she has the world by the tail. If you enjoy some beautiful slow, light jazz, she is hard to beat.
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