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Norah Jones

Sultry vocalist and pianist Norah Jones developed her unique blend of jazz and traditional vocal pop with hints of bluesy country and contemporary folk due in large part to her unique upbringing. Born March 30, 1979, in New York City, the daughter of Ravi Shankar quietly grew up in Texas with her mother. While she always found the music of Billie Holiday and Bill Evans both intriguing and comforting, she didn't really explore jazz until attending Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. During high school, Jones won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition in 1996, and earned a second Best Jazz Vocalist award in 1997. Putting her vocal talents on the back burner, Jones worked toward earning a degree in jazz piano at the University of North Texas for two years before accepting a friend's offer of a summer sublet in Greenwich Village during the summer of 1999.

Although she fully intended to return to college that fall, the lure of the folk coffeehouses and jazz clubs proved too strong and she was soon inspired to write her own songs. Jones appeared regularly with the trip-hop-electronica band Wax Poetic and assembled her own group around songwriters Jesse Harris (guitar) and Lee Alexander (bass), with Dan Rieser on drums. In October of 2000, the group recorded a handful of demos for Blue Note Records and on the strength of these recordings, Jones signed to the jazz label in early 2001. Following an appearance on Charlie Hunter's Songs from the Analog Playground, Jones spent much of 2001 performing live with Hunter's group and working on material for her debut.

Come Away with Me, recorded by Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Manhattan Transfer, k.d. lang) and legendary producer Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, the Bee Gees), was released in early 2002 and garnered much public attention. The combination of her striking beauty and the fact that she was the daughter of an internationally renowned musician placed Jones in the awkward position of defending her music from those who dismissed her as another pretty face (the same argument used by those opposed to Diana Krall) and/or another riding the coattails of her musical royal heritage (see Natalie Cole, Miki Coltrane, Corey Parker). Although not by any stretch a "jazz" album (the label chose to call it "jazz-informed"), it featured jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and session drummer Brian Blade, and indicated a new direction for Blue Note combining jazz aesthetics and talent with a pop sensibility. Come Away with Me eventually went multi-platinum, selling 18 million copies worldwide and winning Jones eight Grammy Awards.

In 2004, Jones released her highly anticipated follow-up album, Feels Like Home. Pairing once again with producer Arif Mardin, Jones pursued a similar approach to Come Away with Me, mixing '70s singer/songwriter-style tracks with blues, country, and her own mellow take on piano jazz. In 2003, Jones played in a group called the Little Willies along with Lee Alexander (bass), Richard Julian (guitar/vocals), Dan Rieser (drums), and Jim Campilongo (guitar), playing covers of classic American music like Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. This one-off performance ultimately turned into sporadic shows at the venue whenever their individual schedules would allow, slowly incorporating original songs into their set along the way. In time, the Little Willies began considering the release of a live album, but instead wound up documenting their sound in the recording studio. Milking Bull Records issued the resultant self-titled album in March 2006.

Late in 2006, the single "Thinking About You" announced a return to her solo career. It landed on the album Not Too Late, released in early 2007. The Fall arrived in 2009, followed in 2010 by ...Featuring Norah Jones, a collection of musical collaborations. The following year Jones was asked to provide some vocals for Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and Italian composer Daniele Luppi's spaghetti Western project, Rome. Burton returned the favor in 2012 by producing and co-writing the songs on Jones' fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts. She next teamed with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong in a project to re-create the classic 1958 Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Recorded in nine days with bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser, Foreverly was released in 2013. ~ Zac Johnson, Rovi
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Comments

Dog smores
Cone with me
Focus on my sobriety
Love her sooo much
I wish Norah would marry me.
Oh MY! IM LOST for words every time i hear you sing .AND I LOOK SEE YOUR FACE.THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME PERFECTION
Come away with me tonight! !!!!
Her voice is so awesome
Shoot The Moon awesome song
Norah Jones >> Don't Know Why omg I love this song haven't heard it in a while just a beautiful song \♥,♥/
Vanessa Carlton had her baby last night
Yes you are
I love this song cause I'm someone
Norah's voice reminds us to slow down and smell the roses along the way. Lovely and soothing.
Don't read this because it actully works you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tommarow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this u will die in 2 days now u have started reading so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 min when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actully works
Nora is very hoops no matter what she sings!! Love my station!
Saw her in concert at the Ryman by myself
maggiekksb
Yes just came out wow
maggiekksb
See the sun today
Beautiful... a n d just love her sultry voice....wha t a talent...
mikedearmas1
I love her voice.
What a beautiful song.
Mmmmmm .
Magnifique ! !
Oh my got hug Something. Like right now
Baby girl when i hear you VOICE. I get warm and fuzzy. Think I.LOVES YÅ ! COME AND FIND ME
krolf3
I love her music.
maggiekksb
Yes indeed
So calming and smooth. Great with a glass of wine.
catinhat.cd
Walk with me outside in light of day
Norah,meravi g l i a ! Grazie !
I love this song so much that it came from the movie
I NEVER COULD NEVER IMAGINE HOW A SWEET VOICE,? AND I SEE THE FACE! !! TO MATCH. UN BA LEAV ABLE!!! LOVE YA BABY!! WOW! WOW!
Love Norah's singing, due in part to her voice quality. I've tried to describe it and the words that come to mind are scratchy, nasal, raspy... Whatever I am hearing is attractive just like the voices of jazz singers Diane Krall and Billie Holiday.
I have not much to say about this song
She has a big fase
marior754
Love this song
iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone
waits4tess
come away with me...please?
rick.castro
Love, love, love this poignant song.
So peaceful....
I used to fall asleep to her when I was little:-) (yawn) gets me every time....
love this song. brings me back to the time I used to listen to it:)
The same ....
I just love her soft sound ....
svega69715
iwonderifshe m a r r i e d a g a i n
Thank you for your style and the way you make your music I appreciate it and enjoy it
Norah Jones is one of my favorite Folk singer, she's very unique in her own way go....Norah Jones!
murphylindaj
Nora Jones
WHOA. :-D =-O :-D =-O :-D
All this, & Ravi Shankar`s daughter, 2...........
Lawdy MERCY!!!!! :-D
Small show venu concerts the best of all my life among the best of all other music life.
Talent. God Given Respect IT ?!?
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