Norah Jones Biography
Born on March 30, 1979, in New York City, New York USA and raised in
a suburb of Dallas, Norah Jones attended the Booker T. Washington High
School and after exposure to several instruments, she realized she wanted
to play the piano. For two years following her graduation from high school,
she studied at the University of North Texas, majoring in Jazz piano.
In 1999 Jones moved to New York City where she immersed herself in the local music scene. Between waitressing jobs, Norah Jones soon started a group around guitarist Jesse Harris, bass player Lee Alexander and ex-Marcy Playground drummer Dan Rieser, in which she sung lead vocals and of course, played piano.
After being signed with Blue Note Records, whose roster boasts a host
of Blues, Jazz and Folk musicians, Norah Jones released her debut album,
"Come Away With Me". The disc became a phenomenal success topping
the chart in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia selling
over 25 million copies worlwide.
She enjoyed a stunning sweep at the Grammy Awards in 2003, picking up five trophies: Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the Billboard Hot 100 top 30 hit single "Don't Know Why" which was also awarded as Record Of The Year.
Released in February 2004, her second effort, "Feels Like Home", immediately jumped to #1 all over the globe. It was certified four times platinum in U.S. and she won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the album's first single: "Sunrise".
In January 2007, the sultry-voiced neo-Jazz singer returned with her third offering, "Not Too Late"; it was another #1 album in 20 countries, although its numbers didn't match those of "Feels Like Home". The first single, "Thinking About You", became Jones' first single to chart on The Billboard Hot 100 since "Don't Know Why".
Norah Jones took a new direction on her next album, "The Fall", experimenting with different sounds and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer who has worked with Kings Of Leon and Modest Mouse. The CD, issued in November 2009, included the lead single "Chasing Pirates" which debuted in the top 40 of the Billboard's Rock Songs chart and the album hit #3 on both The Billboard 200 and the Top Canadian Albums charts.
May 2012 saw the release of "...Little Broken Hearts", produced by Brian Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, this album peaked at #2 on The Billboard 200 and the main single, "Happy Pills", ascended into the top 20 of the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart.