Born: 30 March 1979
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Best known as: Grammy-winning singer of "Don't Know Why"
Norah Jones's debut album Come Away With Me
was an unexpected smash hit in 2002. It won Jones eight Grammys, including album of the year, best new artist and best female pop vocal performance, and record of the year for the album's bluesy single, "Don't Know Why." Norah Jones is the daughter of renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar
and American Sue Jones. She attended Dallas's Booker T. Washington
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; later she earned a degree in jazz piano from musical hot spot the University of North Texas. Her follow-up album, Feels Like Home
, was released in February 2004. In 2005 she shared a Grammy with the late Ray Charles
for the duet "Here We Go Again," and in 2007 she made her acting debut as the lead in My Blueberry Nights
, opposite Jude Law
. As if intent on capturing the crown of "most collaborative," Jones released an album in 2010 called Featuring
, which included works with Outkast, Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams, Ray Charles
, Willie Nelson
, Dolly Parton
and Herbie Hancock. She followed that with the 2012 album Little Broken Hearts
(produced by Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Brian Burton) and Day Breaks
(2016). Of the latter she said in a press release, "This new album feels full circle because I'm going back to my early influences. After [Come Away With Me], I drifted away from the piano a little bit. I still played it, but was more inspired to write on guitar. I really loved playing piano on this record."
Norah Jones was born in New York but raised by her mother near Dallas, Texas… She rarely speaks about Ravi Shankar in public; according to a 2002 article in The Guardian, “She saw her father a few times a year until she was nine, and then not until she was 18″… Ravi Shankar was a favorite colleague of The Beatles, in particular of George Harrison.
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