Norah Jones burst onto the music scene with her 2002 debut Come Away with Me, earning five Grammy Awards for that effort and selling more than 40 million albums worldwide to date.
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1979 as the daughter of world-renowned sitarist Ravi Shankar, Jones has generally been labeled a contemporary jazz artist for her lightweight, piano/vocal-based work. Subsequent offerings have seen Jones stretch her musical wings,
Her Texas upbringing, along with her love of Willie Nelson, Bill Evans, and Billie Holiday, perhaps influenced her soulful, rootsy flavorings. Studying jazz piano at the University of North Texas certainly added to the mix, as well. It was at university where Jones met Jesse Harris who would later become her main collaborator.
After struggling in the piano program for two years, Norah gave up the ghost and moved home to New York in 1999, forming a band with Harris within a year's time and working as a lounge singer before signing with Blue Note Records in 2001.
Jones' gentle soulfulness and jazz/pop sound won the hearts of fans worldwide. In addition to the Grammy sweep, Come Away with Me also claimed a Diamond-certification for sales of 10 million units.
Norah's sophomore collection, Feels Like Home, began her incorporation of a more traditional country sound. In the U.S., the record went platinum in its first week, making Blue Note history. It also debuted at the top of the charts in 16 countries around the globe. Those feats landed her on Time magazine's Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
Venturing further into country music terrain on 2007's Not Too Late, Jones once again reached the number one spot in 20 countries.
It shouldn't be too much of a surprise to fans that she roamed into indie rock territory on her latest effort, The Fall. The collection was even tagged a “musical science experiment” when it came out at number three on the Billboard 200 becoming Norah's first effort not to reign supreme upon its release.
Despite that lesser charting, The Fall has earned solid critical acclaim, largely praising Jones' willingness to go a little deeper, a little darker. To ensure herself some street cred, collaborators on The Fall include Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, as well as longtime musical compatriot Jesse Harris.