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Profile of Norah Jones



Norah Jones performing at The Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on April 15, 2004

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Born on March 30, 1979 as Geethali Norah Jones Shankar. Her father; Ravi Shankar, was a notable Indian musician. She spent most of her childhood with her mother; Sue Jones (a dancer) in Texas.


Brooklyn, New York City

Early Years:

Her mother collected music records and as a result, Norah was exposed at a young age to many different artists like Billie Holiday, Willie Nelson and Bill Evans. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Initial recognition for her talent came when she won the Downbeat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition while in high school. She then majored in jazz piano at the University of North Texas; staying there for 2 years before going on to perform at clubs and coffee houses. During this time she also started writing her own material.

Becoming Famous:

Soon, Norah Jones formed a group and began recording demos. She eventually signed a contract with Blue Note Records in 2001. Her debut album Come Away with Me was released in 2002. The said album was a hit and won 8 Grammys including a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Selected Albums/Singles:


  • Feels Like Home (2004)
  • Not Too Late (2007)
  • Fall (2009)
  • Featuring (2010)


  • Don't Know Why
  • Feelin' the Same Way
  • Turn Me On
  • Sunrise
  • What Am I to You?
  • Sinkin' Soon
  • Thinking About You
  • Chasing Pirates

Other Accomplishments:

  • In 2003 she played with the group Little Willies.
  • In 2004 she worked with Ray Charles in his album Genius Loves Company. The album won a Grammy Record of the Year Award and their song earned another Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
  • In 2005 she worked with the Foo Fighters in their album In Your Honor.
  • She collaborated with Wyclef Jean on the song "Any Other Day."
  • She recorded the song "Dear John" for Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' album Jacksonville City Nights.
  • Her song "Sunrise" earned her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Interesting Facts:

Norah Jones appeared in two films: "Two Weeks Notice" in 2002 and "My Blueberry Nights" in 2007. She also appeared in the PBS TV series Austin City Limits. Aside from playing the piano, she also plays the guitar.

More Information:

For more of Norah Jones, visit her official website. Also see the video of her song "Don't Know Why" from Yahoo Music.

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