Norah Jones

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Norah Jones
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Jones in 2007
Background information
Birth nameNorah Geethali Shankar
Born (1979-03-30) March 30, 1979 (age 40)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Origin Grapevine, Texas, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • pianist
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2001–present
Labels Blue Note
Associated acts

Norah Jones (born Norah Geethali Shankar; March 30, 1979) [4] is an American [4] [5] singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has won multiple awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. [6] Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade. She has won nine Grammy Awards and was ranked 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart. [7]

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

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In 2002, Jones launched her solo music career with the release of Come Away with Me , which was a fusion of jazz with country music and pop. It was certified Diamond, selling over 27 million copies. [8] The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. [9] Her subsequent studio albums — Feels Like Home , released in 2004, Not Too Late , released in 2007, and 2009's The Fall all gained Platinum status, selling over a million copies each. [10] They were also generally well received by critics. [11] Jones's fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts , was released on April 27, 2012; her sixth, Day Breaks , was released on October 7, 2016. [12] Jones made her film debut in MyBlueberryNights, which was released in 2007.

<i>Come Away with Me</i> 2002 studio album by Norah Jones

Come Away with Me is the debut studio album by American recording artist Norah Jones, released on February 26, 2002 by Blue Note Records. Recording sessions took place at Sorcerer Sound Studio in New York City and Allaire Studios in Shokan, New York.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys, having been presented since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Award to the artist(s), and to the album producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s), and mastering engineer(s) if other than the artist.

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, and is the half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar.

Ravi Shankar Indian Musician and sitar player

Ravi Shankar, whose name is often preceded by the title Pandit (Master) and "Sitar maestro", was an Indian musician and a composer of Hindustani classical music. He was the best-known proponent of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many other musicians throughout the world. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999.

Anoushka Shankar British musician

Anoushka Shankar is an Indian sitar player and composer. Her father is Ravi Shankar, her mother is Sukanya Rajan. She is the half-sister of Norah Jones.

Early life

Jones was born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979 in Manhattan, New York, to American concert producer Sue Jones and Indian musician Ravi Shankar. [4] [5]

Manhattan Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

Manhattan, , is the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City, coextensive with New York County, one of the original counties of the U.S. state of New York. Manhattan serves as the city's economic and administrative center, cultural identifier, and historical birthplace. The borough consists mostly of Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers; several small adjacent islands; and Marble Hill, a small neighborhood now on the U.S. mainland, physically connected to the Bronx and separated from the rest of Manhattan by the Harlem River. Manhattan Island is divided into three informally bounded components, each aligned with the borough's long axis: Lower, Midtown, and Upper Manhattan.

After her unmarried parents separated in 1986, Norah lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas. 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. Her music took its first form early on in the local Methodist Church where she regularly sang solos. While in high school, she sang in the school choir, participated in band, and played the alto saxophone. At the age of 16, with both parents' consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. [4] [13]

Grapevine, Texas City in Texas, United States

Grapevine is a city and suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, United States, with minor portions extending into Dallas County and Denton County. The city is located in the Mid-Cities suburban region between Dallas and Fort Worth and includes a larger portion of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport than other cities.

Grapevine High School

Grapevine High School is a public high school located in the far northeast portion of Tarrant County in the city of Grapevine, Texas (USA). It is part of the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a public secondary school located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). Booker T. Washington HSPVA enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is the Dallas Independent School District's arts magnet school. Many accomplished performers and artists have been educated in the school. Some examples include Ernie Banks, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Adario Strange, Valarie Rae Miller, Edie Brickell, Kennedy Davenport, Sandra St. Victor, Roy Hargrove, and Scott Westerfeld.

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". [14]

Bill Evans American jazz pianist

William John Evans was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly played in trios. His use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, "singing" melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today.

Billie Holiday American jazz singer and songwriter

Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills.

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. [15]

She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers. While at high school, she won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist (twice, in 1996 and 1997) and Best Original Composition (1996). [16]

Jones attended the University of North Texas (UNT), where she majored in jazz piano and sang with the UNT Jazz Singers. During this time, she had a chance meeting with future collaborator Jesse Harris. She gave a ride to a band playing at the university whose members happened to be friends of Harris. He was on a cross-country road trip with friend and future Little Willies member Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play. After meeting Jones, Harris started sending her lead sheets of his songs.

In 1999, Jones left Texas for New York City. Less than a year later, she started a band with Harris, and her recordings with them were bestsellers. [17]

Musical career

Jones was a lounge singer before becoming a recording artist. [18] Before releasing her first album, she performed with Wax Poetic, Peter Malick, and jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter. [19] [20] [21]

2000: The Peter Malick Group Session, New York City

As Peter Malick states in the liner notes, "I started looking for a singer who could record [my latest songs] for me. On a Tuesday night, I walked into the Living Room just as the singer announced the last song of the set. The Dinah Washington classic 'Since I Fell for You' filled the room and I was struck breathless. Here, in the tradition of Billie Holiday, was a stunningly beautiful, blues infused voice. This was my first contact with Norah Jones."[ citation needed ] Malick asked her to participate in sessions at Room 9 from Outer Space in South Boston, Massachusetts during August and September 2000. They recorded Malick's songs "New York City", "Strange Transmissions", and "Deceptively Yours" in addition to cover versions of "All Your Love" by Sam Maghett and "Heart of Mine" by Bob Dylan. These songs became the album New York City (Koch, 2003) by the Peter Malick Group Featuring Norah Jones.[ citation needed ]

2001–2003: First Sessions and Come Away with Me

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Jones performing at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome

After moving to New York City, Jones signed to Blue Note, a label owned by EMI Group. The signing came as an indirect result of her performing as lead singer for the JC Hopkins Biggish Band. Shell White, who was the wife of J. C. Hopkins, worked for EMI Publishing and gave Jones's three-track demo to Bruce Lundvall, the label's president, and Brian Bacchus, its artists and repertoire agent (A&R). The demo contained two jazz standards and a song by Jesse Harris. The two executives agreed that Jones had potential. Despite their misgivings about the direction of her music, they signed her to the label. 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." [22]

Bacchus thought producer and engineer Jay Newland's experience in jazz, blues, rock, country, and folk music would give a "feeling for her sound." Jones and Newland recorded nine demo tracks. Four appeared on the sampler First Sessions (2001). The rest were set aside for her debut album. [22] Come Away with Me (2002) was praised for its blend of acoustic pop with soul and jazz. [23] 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.

At the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003, Jones was nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won five: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Don't Know Why". This tied Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys for most Grammy Awards received by a female artist in one night. Jesse Harris won Song of the Year for "Don't Know Why" while Arif Mardin won Producer of the Year. The album won Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. [9] Come Away with Me was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for having sold one million copies. In February 2005, it was certified diamond for selling ten million copies. [24]

2004–2006: Feels Like Home and collaboration with Ray Charles

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Jones at the premier of My Blueberry Nights at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival

Feels Like Home (2004) debuted at No. 1 in at least 16 countries. [25] At the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005, the album was nominated for three Grammys, winning one, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Sunrise". For "Here We Go Again", a duet with Ray Charles, she won Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. [26] Time magazine named Jones one of the most influential people of 2004. [27]

2007–2008: Not Too Late and film debut

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. [28] 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. The song "My Dear Country" is political commentary; she wrote it before the United States Presidential election day in 2004.

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. [29] The album has sold 4 million copies worldwide. That same year she sang "American Anthem" for the Ken Burns documentary The War. [30] [31]

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. 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.

2009–2011: The Fall and ...Featuring

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Jones performing on an electric piano in 2010

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. Although it was her first album that did not reach No. 1 in the United States it did receive critical acclaim. [32] 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. [33] The album's lead single, "Chasing Pirates", peaked at No. 13 on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and No. 7 on Jazz Songs.

Billboard's 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.

In 2009, Jones performed "Come Away With Me" and "Young Blood" at the end of the Apple Inc.'s It's Only Rock and Roll press conference on September 9 in San Francisco, for the release of iTunes 9 and video camera-equipped iPods, among other items [34] She also made a guest appearance and performed with other artists on the season three finale of the NBC series 30 Rock [35]

Jones started her fourth world tour on March 5, 2010.

Jones released ...Featuring , a compilation album of collaborations she has done with well-known musicians, including the Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Outkast, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Belle and Sebastian, Ray Charles, Ryan Adams, Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock, M. Ward, and others. Jones said, "It's so exciting and flattering and fun when I get asked to sing with somebody that I admire.... It takes you a little bit out of your comfort zone when you're doing something with another artist. You don't know what to expect—it's kind of like being a little kid and having a playdate." The 18-track Blue Note disc was released on November 16, 2010. [36]

Jones recorded a Christmas duet, "Home for the Holidays", with Cyndi Lauper.

As a tribute to Steve Jobs, Jones appeared on the Apple Campus in October 2011, performing "Nearness of You" and "Painter Song." She finished her live, three-song set by performing Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" in honor of Jobs, because "he liked Bob Dylan". [37]

2012–2015: Little Broken Hearts

After working with Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi on some of the tracks for their album Rome , Jones worked with Danger Mouse again on her fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts , which was released on May 1, 2012. She played the album in its entirety at SXSW 2012. [38] American Songwriter called Little Broken Hearts the "most dramatic and rewarding departure she's made in her career." [39]

On May 25, 2012, she began her fifth world tour in Paris, with performances in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, and Australia. She performed in London at the Roundhouse on September 10, 2012, as part of the iTunes Festival which was broadcast on the internet. She toured three cities in India for the first time because her father wanted her to do so. She also performed a headlining performance at Summer's Day, music festival produced by Only Much Louder. The tour started at Summer's Day in Mumbai on March 3 and included stops in New Delhi on March 5 and Bangalore on March 8.

In September 2012, she appeared in "30 Songs/30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide , a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book. [40]

On May 6, 2015, Jones sang "Don't Know Why" on The Late Show with David Letterman, as she had thirteen years before for her first appearance on the Letterman show. The episode was broadcast within two weeks of Letterman's retirement as host. During the same year, she sang "Little Bird" and "God Only Knows" at Brian Fest. [41]

2016–present: Day Breaks

Day Breaks , which included nine new songs and three cover versions, was released on October 7, 2016. "Carry On", the album's lead single, was released to digital outlets on the same day. [12] The album marked a return to her piano after dabbling in folk and pop for the last two records. Jones said the goal of this record was to do everything live. She said in an interview with Billboard, "When you have great musicians, there's no reason to overdub. That strips the soul out of the music." [42]

Additional projects and collaborations

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. [43]

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). Also in 2003, Jones appeared on Joel Harrison's album of jazz interpretations of country and folk songs, Free Country , [44] as lead vocalist on "I Walk the Line" and "Tennessee Waltz". [45]

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. [46]

Jones appeared in the 2004 special, Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On. [47] 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".

In 2005, Jones appeared on the Foo Fighters' album In Your Honor , performing piano and vocals on the song "Virginia Moon". [48] The track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, in 2006.

Jones appeared on Ryan Adams' & The Cardinals' 2005 album, Jacksonville City Nights , on the track "Dear John", which she co-wrote with Adams. [49] In 2011, Jones also played piano and vocals on numerous tracks on Ryan Adams' 2011 studio album Ashes & Fire .

Jones worked with Mike Patton in 2006, providing vocals on the track "Sucker" on the Peeping Tom project. The song attracted attention as it was the first time Jones used profanity in a recording. [50]

In 2007, Jones made her acting debut as the protagonist in a film directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film, My Blueberry Nights , opened for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival as one of the 22 films in competition. [51] She wrote and performed a song, "The Story", for the movie. [52]

In January 2007, Jones recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios for Live from Abbey Road . 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.

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Jones performing at Parque Independência in 2010

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. [53]

In 2008, she recorded a duet with A Tribe Called Quest front man Q-Tip, titled "Life Is Better" from his "Renaissance" LP.

Jones appears in Herbie Hancock's 2007 release River: The Joni Letters , singing the first track, "Court and Spark". 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. [54]

Jones was a judge for the 5th annual Independent Music Awards, supporting independent artists' careers. [55]

In 2010, Jones contributed "World of Trouble" to the Enough Project and Downtown Records' Raise Hope for Congo compilation. 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. [56]

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". 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 album Holiday for Swing on the song "Little Jack Frost Get Lost".

Jones sang "It Came Upon Midnight Clear", "Silent Night" and "Pooping Log (Caga Tió)" on the Holiday Special 2011 of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations . [57]

Jones performs in a trio band, Fangbanger, with Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper.

In October 2013, it was revealed that Jones and Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong would be releasing a duets LP. The album, consisting of covers from the Everly Brothers' album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us , was titled Foreverly and released on November 25, 2013. [58] Jones collaborated with her half-sister, Anoushka Shankar, on Shankar's album Traces of You , released on October 22, 2013. 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. [59]

In 2014, Jones played with her label-mates including Jason Moran, John Patitucci, Brian Blade and 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. [60] [61] Later, Jones joined Mavis Staples for two songs at the Newport Folk Festival to celebrate Staples' 75th birthday. [62]

Jones is featured on Harold Mabern's 2014 album Afro Blue, singing "Fools Rush In" and "Don't Misunderstand". On September 28, 2014, she appeared at the George Fest tribute concert to George Harrison in Los Angeles, where she sang "Something" and "Behind That Locked Door". [63] Three days beforehand, Jones performed "Behind That Locked Door" live on the TBS television show Conan . [64] Her performance at George Fest was included on the 2016 album and film release of the event. [63] [65]

Jones duets with The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards on the song "Illusions", from his 2015 album Crosseyed Heart . [66]

Jones donated her voice to the end credits song from the film A Dog Named Gucci , on 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 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. [67]

In 2017, Jones recorded a rendition of "Unchained Melody", a song made famous by The Righteous Brothers, for Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album, a soundtrack to Amazon's The Man in the High Castle TV series. The song and soundtrack were produced by Danger Mouse, whom Jones worked with on her 2012 album, Little Broken Hearts . [68]

Hank Williams project

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. [69] [70] [71] 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. [70] Jones also performed the song in late 2008 on Elvis Costello's talk/music television series, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... . [72] [73] [74]


Throughout 2002 and 2003, Jones appeared on stages globally, on her first tour with her Handsome Band, travelling throughout Asia, America, Europe and Oceania, with numerous sold-out concerts and critical acclaim. Jones' tour to promote her third album, Not Too Late , began in Wallingford, Connecticut, on April 13, 2007, and featured a free concert in New York City on July 6, 2007. The European phase began on July 9, 2007, in Paris, concluding in Reykjavík, Iceland, on September 2, 2007. [75] Jones and band play typically several album hits, modified with guitar solos and additional percussion. Additionally, shows may feature several covers of country, jazz, blues, or folk songs, ranging from the ubiquitous to the obscure. Artists covered have included, among others, Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Randy Newman, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Tom Waits, and Townes Van Zandt.

Jones worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for her 2007 summer tour. [76] She also performed at Bryant Park on July 6 as part of Good Morning America 's Summer Concert Series. [77]

Her 2012–2013 Little Broken Hearts Tour had stops in several South America nations and India. This was her first time touring within these countries.

Personal life

Jones was in a long-term relationship with bassist Lee Alexander from 2000 until their breakup in December 2007. [78] The lyrics of her subsequent albums, The Fall and Little Broken Hearts, supposedly reflect elements of the relationship. [79] After a period of estrangement from her father, Ravi Shankar, Jones traveled to New Delhi, India, to spend time with him, and wrote some material that was later recorded for the album The Fall. [79] Ravi Shankar died in 2012. [80]

In February 2014, Jones had her first child, a son, with her musician husband whose name has not been revealed. [81] They had a baby girl, Maisie, in 2016. [82] She also has a poodle named Ralph.


Studio albums

Collaborative albums


List of television and film credits
Saturday Night Live Herself / Musical Guest"Robert De Niro/Norah Jones" (Season 28, Episode 7)
"Colin Firth/Norah Jones" (Season 29, Episode 14)
2002 Two Weeks Notice HerselfCameo
2003 Dolly Parton: Platinum BlondeHerselfCameo / TV documentary
2003100% NYC: Tribeca Film FestivalHerselfCameo / TV documentary
2004 Sesame Street Herself"Snuffy's Invisible, Part 1" (Season 35, Episode 13)
2007 My Blueberry Nights Elizabeth (Lizzie/Beth)Film Debut
Nominated – Cannes Film Festival for Palme d'Or
2007 Elvis: Viva Las Vegas HerselfCameo / TV documentary
2008 Life. Support. Music. HerselfCameo
2009 Wah Do Dem Willow
2009 30 Rock Herself"Kidney Now!" (Season 3, Episode 22)
2009Tony Bennett: Duets IIHerselfCameo / TV movie
2012 Ted Herself
2012 VH1 Storytellers Herself / Performance
2014 They Came Together Herself

Awards and nominations

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Day Breaks is the sixth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Norah Jones, released on October 7, 2016, through Blue Note Records. The album features nine original songs and three covers. Jones returned to a piano-driven sound as heard on releases early in her career. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200, becoming her sixth album to reach the top ten. Day Breaks received positive reviews from music critics, with many praising the album's production and Jones' vocals with many comparing it favorably to her debut album Come Away with Me. Jones promoted the album with television performances and interviews. To further promote the album, Jones embarked on Daybreaks World Tour.


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