Norah Jones

Daughter of Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar, Norah Jones was born on March 30th, 1979 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, studying jazz piano at the University of North Texas before dropping out and moving to Greenwich Village. She soon became popular on the jazz scene, first as a lounge singer, then jamming with New York band Wax Poetic before later setting up her own group. Her 2002 debut album Come Away With Me proved to be the most successful jazz album of all time, knocking Miles Davies' Kind of Blue off the top spot and is famed for sitting at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart for more than 140 consecutive weeks. Her second album Feels Like Home followed two years later, before the release of Not Too Late in 2008. The singer also made her film debut in the lead role in Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights (2007). In 2009, Norah Jones released her fourth studio album The Fall which entered at number 3 on the Billboard 200 before going on to receive gold and platinum status in 14 countries in 2010. She collaborated with Danger Mouse for her fifth studio album Little Broken Hearts (2012). In 2016, she released her sixth album Day Breaks which featured the single “Carry On” and saw the return of piano as a prominent feature in her work. Her 2013 release, Foreverly, was a collaboration with Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong and found the duo reinterpreting The Everly Brothers’ 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Over the years, Norah Jones has performed with numerous other musicians across various genres including Ray Charles on “Here We Go Again” in 2004 and 2010’s …Featuring, which was a collection of collaborative tracks she’d recorded throughout the years with artists such as rock band Foo Fighters, hip-hop duo Outkast, and indie band Belle and Sebastian. In 2019, she returned with her seventh album Begin Again. With her plans for an ambitious international tour scuppered by the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, she instead returned to the studio, swiftly completing and releasing her eighth LP, Pick Me Up Off the Floor. Norah Jones then issued the holiday album I Dream of Christmas (2021) before returning with the album Visions (2024).

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