Norah Jones
American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Norah Jones
Norah Jones is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress. She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is also Anoushka Shankar's half-sister. In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album Come Away with Me, a fusion of jazz, pop, and country music, which was certified diamond album, selling over 26 million copies.
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Leonard Cohen's Favorite Greek Singer: Athena Andreadis
Huffington Post - 22 days
Many years ago while visiting Greece, Leonard Cohen was asked who his favorite Greek singer was. "Athena," he replied without hesitation. While making his final CD, "You Want It Darker," Cohen found out that Athena had moved to Los Angeles and immediately asked her to sing the chorus of his song "Traveling Light." Before moving to Los Angeles, Athena had been on a dynamic trajectory in Europe releasing three albums and performing at the Glastonbury Festival, Royal Festival Hall and throughout France and Greece. The Guardian called her "brave and original" and The Daily Mail wrote that Athena was "Radiating class and oodles of talent... a voice blessed... this rare diamond ought to shine." Here in the U.S., Billboard hailed her as "a talented rising pop star" with "a voice blessed." Produced by Ethan Allen, Athena's debut U.S. CD "Ready for the Sun" features studio greats Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Deron Johnson (Miles Davis), Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Michael Ward (Ben Harpe ...
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How Smokey Hormel Became The Quintessential Session Musician
NPR - about 2 months
The guitarist has played on records by Tom Waits, Norah Jones and Beck, but at one point, he was sure he wanted to pursue a career in acting. (Image credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Norah Jones and Kandace Springs Bring Fresh Vocal Life to Blue Note Records
Huffington Post - 4 months
(l. to r.) Norah Jones / Kandace Springs; photo courtesy of Blue Note Records By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, October 26, 2016 Entering into the elegant 274-seat neoclassical proscenium Loreto Theater at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in the East Village to hear the singular-voice Norah Jones officially launch her national and international tour to support her latest album, Day Breaks, I was pleasantly reminded of her likewise intimate marquee beginning in February 2002 less than a mile away at Public Theater's Joe's Pub. The occasion? A celebration of her genre-hyphenated debut album, Come Away With Me, on the prestigious jazz label Blue Note Records, which went on to become the most successful album of the year and jettisoning Norah into stardom. Fourteen years ago at Joe's, she seemed ill-at-ease, shy, a little flustered by the sold-out show that included many media and industry people keen on finding out who this new kid on the block was. The previous ...
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Yevgeny Kutik and Timo Andres in a captivating recital at National Sawdust
Huffington Post - 4 months
Yevgeny Kutik and Timos Andres at National Sawdust, October 19, 2016 Photo provided by Christina Jensen Artists By Christopher Johnson, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, October 25, 2016 Yevgeny Kutik tells a revealing story about his teacher Roman Totenberg: "When I was first starting college [at Boston University]," he writes, "I had a particularly disappointing lesson and while packing up my violin, poured out to him my frustrations about my playing, lamenting how I was practising over five hours every day, but without the progress I expected. To my consternation, Professor Totenberg, who was soft spoken and had a deep voice, simply stared at me silently for what felt like several minutes and then said one word: 'Listen'." Back in the late 1960s, when I was at BU, the music and theatre divisions of what was then called The School of Fine and Applied Arts were jumbled together on the fourth floor of a vast Beaux-Arts structure that originally housed the swankiest Buick-dealersh ...
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On Her Latest, Norah Jones Returns To Old Influences
NPR - 4 months
Jones' new album, Day Breaks, includes a song inspired by "Compared to What," a jazz protest song from the late '60s, the lyrics of which she says are "still relevant so many years later."
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Norah Jones is back at the piano in new work
Yahoo News - 5 months
The shorthand for Norah Jones' new "Day Breaks" disc is that it's a "return to roots." Like most such sound bites, that's simplistic. Yet the jazzy, piano-based vibe is closer to Jones' ...
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Green Day, Norah Jones, Phantogram and More Music Reviews
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Plus, get the latest from Norah Jones, Phantogram and more.
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Music Review: 'Day Breaks,' Norah Jones
NPR - 5 months
Music critic Tom Moon says the new album from Norah Jones is more subtle than some of her recent releases and that's a good thing.
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Norah Jones looks forward to going back to a familiar sound with new album 'Day Breaks'
LATimes - 5 months
Even after colossal music industry success that can lead to a certain fluid view of time and deadlines, Norah Jones hates being late. Although her meeting a few weeks back with reporters at one of the studios inside the Capitol Records building began only a few minutes behind schedule, she still...
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Norah Jones's Favorite Gadgets
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Singer-songwriter Norah Jones, whose album ‘Day Breaks’ was released this week, on her lightweight guitar rig and the parenting benefits of an egg timer.
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Watch Norah Jones Perform 'Flipside' Live In The Studio
NPR - 5 months
The song is from the jazz and pop singer-songwriter's new album, Day Breaks. Here, Jones and her band play it live at KCRW.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Norah Jones
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Jones' sixth studio album, Day Breaks, is scheduled for release on October 7, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, and half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar.
    On August 5, 2016, Jones announced the release date for her sixth studio album, Day Breaks.
    More Details Hide Details The album, which features nine new songs and three covers, is scheduled for release on October 7, 2016. The album's lead single, "Carry On", was released to digital outlets the same day. Jones made a cameo appearance as herself in the 2002 movie, Two Weeks Notice, which starred Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. The film shows her briefly at the piano, singing for a charity benefit. In 2003, The Peter Malick Group and Jones released an album, New York City. Jones appeared on OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album, on "Take Off Your Cool". This album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (Jones was not credited). Jones formed The Little Willies in 2003, alongside Richard Julian on vocals, Jim Campilongo on guitar, Lee Alexander on bass, and Dan Rieser on drums. The alt country band released its eponymous first album in 2006 and For the Good Times in 2012.
    In July 2016, she gave birth to her second child.
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    On March 1, 2016, Jones announced on social media that she was almost finished with her new album.
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  • 2014
    In February 2014, Jones gave birth to her first child, a son.
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    Jones is featured in Harold Mabern's 2014 album, Afro Blue, singing on "Fools Rush In" and "Don't Misunderstand."
    More Details Hide Details Jones duets with The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards on the song "Illusions", from his 2015 album, Crosseyed Heart. Jones donated her voice to the end credits song from the film, A Dog Named Gucci, in the song "One Voice". The song also features singers Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder and Brian May. It was produced by Dean Falcone, who also wrote the film's score. "One Voice" was released on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016, with profits from the sale of the single going to benefit animal charities. Jones is one of the participants in the so-called "Hank Williams Project" overseen by Bob Dylan, and reportedly including contributions from Willie Nelson, Jack White, Lucinda Williams, and Alan Jackson. On March 31, 2008, Jones commemorated the 20th anniversary of The Living Room with a midnight performance at the intimate Manhattan music venue where the singer got her start. She played a new song entitled "How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart" and explained that it originated from newly found Hank Williams lyrics she was asked to put to music. Jones also performed the song in late 2008 on Elvis Costello's talk/music television series, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with.
    In 2014, Jones played with her label mates including Jason Moran, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Wayne Shorter in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records in the Concert Hall of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
    More Details Hide Details Later, Jones joined Mavis Staples for 2 songs in Newport Folk Festival to celebrate Staples' 75th birthday.
  • 2013
    Jones collaborated with her half-sister, Anoushka Shankar, on Shankar's album Traces of You, released October 22, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details She contributed vocals to three songs on the album. Jones recorded an album with her country music project, an all-female trio called Puss n Boots, which consists of Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper. The album, titled No Fools, No Fun, was released on July 15, 2014, through Blue Note Records.
    In October 2013, it was revealed that Jones and Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong would be releasing a duets LP.
    More Details Hide Details The album, consisting of covers from the Everly Brothers' album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, titled Foreverly was released on November 25, 2013.
  • 2011
    Jones sang "It Came Upon Midnight Clear", "Silent Night" and "Pooping Log (Caga Tió)" on the Holiday Special 2011 of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
    More Details Hide Details Jones performs in a trio band, Fangbanger, with Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper.
    Jones collaborated with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane on his Grammy-nominated 2011 debut studio album Music Is Better Than Words on the song "Two Sleepy People".
    More Details Hide Details Jones also had a cameo appearance in MacFarlane's 2012 feature film Ted. Additionally for the film, she collaborated with MacFarlane on the song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend", recorded on the motion picture soundtrack album and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Jones would later collaborate with MacFarlane on his second studio second album Holiday for Swing on the song "Little Jack Frost Get Lost".
  • 2010
    In 2010, Jones contributed "World of Trouble" to the Enough Project and Downtown Records' Raise Hope for Congo compilation.
    More Details Hide Details Proceeds from the compilation fund efforts to make the protection and empowerment of Congo's women a priority, as well as inspire individuals around the world to raise their voices for peace in Congo.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Jones' fourth studio album, The Fall, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in November 2009, selling 180,000 copies in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details Although it was her first album that did not reach No. 1 in the United States it did receive critical acclaim. As part of the promotional drive for the album, Jones performed on Dancing with the Stars, Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and other television programs. The Fall featured a St. Bernard on the cover; his name is Ben. The album's lead single, "Chasing Pirates", peaked at No. 13 on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and No. 7 on Jazz Songs. Billboards 2000–2009 decade awards ranked Jones as the top jazz recording artist, at No. 60 best Artist. Come Away With Me was elected the No. 4 album and No. 1 jazz album. Jones earned a platinum certification by the RIAA for sales of 1 million copies of The Fall. The album sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and was certified gold or platinum in 14 countries as of 2010. "Baby, It's Cold Outside", a duet with Willie Nelson, was nominated in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category.
  • 2008
    This album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008; Jones was credited as a featured artist, her ninth Grammy win.
    More Details Hide Details Jones was a judge for the 5th annual Independent Music Awards, supporting independent artists' careers.
  • 2007
    Jones appears in Herbie Hancock's 2007 release, River: The Joni Letters, singing the first track, "Court and Spark".
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    In a change of direction predating The Fall, Jones (referring to herself as "Maddie" and virtually anonymous in a blond wig) sang and played guitar with rock band El Madmo. The band consists of Jones, Daru Oda and Richard Julian and released an eponymous album on May 20, 2007.
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    In January 2007, Jones recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios for Live from Abbey Road.
    More Details Hide Details The episode, on which John Mayer and Richard Ashcroft also appeared, was aired on UK Channel 4 and on the Sundance Channel. She appeared twice on the PBS series Austin City Limits, on November 2, 2002, and October 6, 2007. The latter appearance was the season opener.
    In 2007, Jones made her acting debut as the protagonist in a film directed by Wong Kar-wai.
    More Details Hide Details The film, My Blueberry Nights, opened for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival as one of the 22 films in competition. She wrote and performed a song, "The Story", for the movie.
    Jones made her film debut in 2007 in the romance/drama film My Blueberry Nights, directed by Wong Kar Wai, co-starring Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman.
    More Details Hide Details Jones as Elizabeth is a young woman who goes on a soul-searching journey across the USA to resolve her questions about love, and finds along the way a series of curious characters. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007 and in the United States in April 2008.
  • 2006
    Jones worked with Mike Patton in 2006, providing vocals on the track "Sucker" on the Peeping Tom project.
    More Details Hide Details The song attracted attention as it was the first time Jones used profanity in a recording.
  • 2005
    Jones appeared on Ryan Adams' & The Cardinals' 2005 album, Jacksonville City Nights, on the track "Dear John", which she co-wrote with Adams.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Jones also played piano and vocals on numerous tracks on Ryan Adams' 2011 studio album Ashes & Fire.
    In 2005, Jones appeared on the Foo Fighters' album In Your Honor, performing piano and vocals on the song "Virginia Moon". The track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, in 2006.
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  • 2004
    Jones appeared in the 2004 special, Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On.
    More Details Hide Details Jones appeared in the concert and DVD "Return to Sin City – A Tribute to Gram Parsons". Jones performed the song "She" and then, together with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, sang "Love Hurts".
    The song "My Dear Country" is political commentary; she wrote it before the United States Presidential election day in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Not Too Late reached the No. 1 position in twenty countries. Not Too Late had the third-best first week of sales in 2007, behind Avril Lavigne's The Best Damn Thing and Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight. It reached No. 1 in the U.S., selling 405,000 copies. EMI announced that Not Too Late reached gold, platinum or multi-platinum in 21 countries as of February 2007. The album has sold 4 million copies worldwide. That same year she sang "American Anthem" for the Ken Burns documentary The War.
    Time magazine included Jones on the Time 100, a list of the most influential people of 2004. The album debuted at No. 1 in at least 16 countries around the world. In 2005, at the 47th Grammy Awards, Feels Like Home was nominated for three Grammys.
    More Details Hide Details It won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Sunrise", and had nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for her duet with Dolly Parton, "Creepin' In". She won two more Grammy Awards that year, for Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for her collaboration with Ray Charles, "Here We Go Again", the first track on Charles' last album, Genius Loves Company. That album won the Album of the Year award. Jones released her third album, Not Too Late, on January 30, 2007. The album was the first for which she wrote or co-wrote every song. She has said some of these songs are much darker than those on her previous albums. Not Too Late was mostly recorded at Jones' home studio. It is her first album without producer Arif Mardin, who died in the summer of 2006. Jones described the sessions as "fun, relaxed and easy" and without a deadline; Blue Note executives reportedly did not know she was recording an album.
    Jones released her second album, Feels Like Home, on February 9, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details It was influenced by country music. Within a week of its release, Feels Like Home had sold over a million copies. It sold 4 million copies in the United States and reached quadruple Platinum status, and sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. Jones toured globally, promoting the album with the Handsome Band, and backing singer Daru Oda.
    Her subsequent studio albums Feels Like Home, released in 2004; Not Too Late, released in 2007, the same year she made her film debut in My Blueberry Nights; and 2009's The Fall all gained Platinum status, selling over a million copies each.
    More Details Hide Details They were also generally well received by critics. Jones' fifth studio album and most recent solo release, Little Broken Hearts, was released on April 27, 2012.
  • 2003
    In 2003, she won five Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Don't Know Why" at the 45th Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details This matched the record for most Grammy wins by a female artist in a single night (tying with Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys). That night, Jesse Harris won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for composing "Don't Know Why", Arif Mardin won Producer of the Year, primarily for his work on Come Away With Me, and the album also received the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The album received platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America on August 22, 2002, and went on to become a diamond album on February 15, 2005.
  • 2002
    Released in February 2002, Jones's debut album, Come Away with Me, was celebrated for its blending of mellow, acoustic pop with soul and jazz.
    More Details Hide Details Debuting at No. 139, it reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The single "Don't Know Why" hit No. 1 on the Top 40 Adult Recurrents in 2003 and No. 30 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
  • 2000
    Jones was in a long-term relationship with bassist Lee Alexander from 2000 until their breakup in December 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The lyrics of her subsequent album, The Fall, supposedly reflect elements of the relationship. After a period of estrangement from her father, Ravi Shankar, Jones traveled to New Delhi, India, to spend time with him, and wrote some of the material which made its way onto the album The Fall. Ravi Shankar died in 2012.
    She has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Jones launched her solo music career with the release of Come Away with Me, a commercially successful and critically acclaimed album that was a fusion of jazz with country music and pop. It was certified diamond, selling over 26 million copies. The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Jones left Texas for New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Less than a year later, she started a band with Harris, and her recordings with them were bestsellers. After moving to New York City, Jones signed to Blue Note Records, a label owned by EMI Group. The signing came as an indirect result of Jones performing as lead singer for the JC Hopkins Biggish Band. Shell White, then the wife of JC Hopkins, worked in Blue Note's royalties department and passed Jones's three-track demo on to the label's president Bruce Lundvall and its A&R Brian Bacchus. The demo featured two jazz standards and a song by Jesse Harris. Lundvall and Bacchus immediately agreed Jones had great potential. Although initially unsure about what direction her music would follow, particularly since Blue Note was a jazz label, they decided to sign Jones. Bacchus told HitQuarters: "We let her find her own direction. We knew that if she could develop her songwriting and we could find great songs, it would work."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    After her parents separated in 1986, Shankar lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details She attended Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. While in high school, she sang in the school choir, participated in band, and played the alto saxophone. At the age of sixteen, with both parents' consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday, among other "oldies". She once said, "My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set; I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again." As a child, Jones began singing in church and also took piano and voice lessons. She still attends church. She considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself deeply religious.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar on March 30, 1979 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, to American concert producer Sue Jones and Indian sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was 58 (8 days before his 59th birthday) when she was born.
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