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NORAH JONES: VOICE AND MUSIC
Geetali Norah Jones Shankar
Born: March 30, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA
She was born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar to legendary Indian musician, Ravi Shankar, and Sue Jones in New York City. Her birth name, Geetali, means the "song" or "melodious", and was give to her by her father. Nobody have imagined how her birth name correspond to her talent and achievements as to date one even while circumstances absented her from the influences of her father's musical gifts.
Norah Jones was raised by her mother in the suburb of Dallas, and that's where her musical talents gave birth. She learned how to play the piano and guitar, and even briefly tried her hand at the alto saxophone and sing in church choirs.
She attended Interlochen Arts Camp, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, and the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano. She won Best Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist in 1996 and 1997 and Best Original Composition (1996). Norah Jones withdraws her Indian name “Geetali” at the age of sixteen.
However, the Norah Jones was moving full-steam, alive and kicking. Captivated by New York's musical energy, Jones returned back to her city of birth in 1999 to set on the life course that would lead to her to fame and great success.
Jones began playing with numerous artists and bands, including Wax Poetic and the Peter Malick Group, but it was by her collaboration with a group of her remarkably talented friends - Lee Alexander, Jesse Harris, Adam Levy, Richard Julian, Daru Oda, Andrew Borger and others - that she would take the world by storm and carve her name into music history.
Come Away With Me
This time with her new band, Jones burst upon the pop music scene with her auspicious debut album, Come Away With Me, released by Blue Note Records in 2002. The album of original compositions - sold almost 10 million copies in the U.S. and over 20 million worldwide - swept the Grammy Awards in 2003 and established her as the 'genuine article' - destined for a brilliant career.
Feels Like Home
Turn Me On
After two years, Jones followed up with Feels Like Home, another engaging and heartfelt album that, like her first, was the perfect blend of originals by Norah and other members of the band. "Feels Like Home" debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, eventually selling over 4 million units in the U.S. and over 10 million worldwide.
Feeling the Same Way
Thinking About You
Her third album, Not Too Late, was released in January, 2007 to both critical and public acclaim. A double-platinum seller, it has helped secure Jones' position as one of the best-selling female recording artists of the decade.
Don’t Know Why
The latest recording effort, The Fall, Jones took a new direction, experimenting with different sounds, and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others.
Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, as well as Jesse Harris, with whom she'd won a Grammy for "Don't Know Why" in 2003. King also helped Jones gather an entirely new group of musicians to perform on the album, together achieving a sound that widens her already diverse repertoire.
A creative talent, energetic, excellent voice and exquisitely beautiful - Norah Jones has brought great honor to her family's musical legacy, evolving into an artist of classic rendition; one who worthy stands among the most adored entertainers of our time.