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|Jones performs at Farm Aid on October 2, 2010|
|Full name||Geetali Norah Shankar|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1979-03-30) March 30, 1979
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
|Origin||Grapevine, Texas, U.S.|
|Record Labels||Blue Note|
Geethali Norah Shankar Jones (New York, March 30, 1979), known as Norah Jones , is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress. Winner of nine Grammy awards, has sold more than 40 million albums as a singer. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, soul, country and pop.
He starred in the movie My Blueberry Nights and has made two cameos, the first in the movie Amor a segunda vista (2002) and in Ted (2012).
Norah Jones’s Biography
Norah Jones was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, biological daughter of the late and famous Hindu sitarist Ravi Shankar and concert producer Sue Jones. Sister on the father’s side of, the also sitarista, Anoushka Shankar.
Along with his mother, he lived in New York until he was four years old. Then, they moved to Grapevine (near Dallas, Texas), where he was until he was twenty. From this period dates his first interest in music, which materialized in the audition of blues and jazz classics such as Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Bill Evans, Joni Mitchell and others. To these influences, we must add those received through his grandmother, a fan of country outlaws, from Hank Williams to Willie Nelson.
Norah began to study singing and joined the choir of the church to sing gospel, while she started piano and saxophone classes (at seven).
When he grew up, he enrolled in an arts school. His first contact with jazz was in Dallas, when he entered his adolescence at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In 1996 and 1997 he won several interpretation and composition awards for students. After finishing high school, he entered the University of North Texas, where he studied piano and theory in the jazz program. There he specialized in jazz keyboard and formed his first group. From there he went on to play the piano and sing regularly at an Italian restaurant.
In New York
At twenty years old, Norah returned to New York for a brief vacation and did not want to go back to Texas. Shortly before he had made contact with a group of musicians from that city and, from that moment, he became involved in the club and concert circuit of Greenwich Village, and collaborated with various bands.
For two years he earned his living singing in jazz salons, lunches and happy hours, often before less than fifteen people and only charging the tips that the parishioners gave them.
He left the university, started writing his own songs, was part of the funk fusion combo, Wax Poetic and, finally, set up his own band with bassist Lee Alexander, the guitarist and composer of “Do not Know Why” , Jesse Harris, and drummer Dan Rieser. By that time, he stabilized as a singer at the nightclub The Living Room.
One of those concerts was heard by Shell White, a member of the record label EMI, one night in 2000. He liked what he heard and asked for a demo with his songs. He took it to his friend Bruce Lundvall, director of Blue Note, the renowned jazz label. And it was right, because that company was in search of new artists.
Norah’s proposal could not be more tempting: a young and suggestive voice, full of warm sensuality, singing almost as if revealing some intimate secret. Lundvall hired her to have listened to only three songs on that cassette and asked producer Craig Street to work on Norah’s material and surround her with luxury instrumentalists. The result, much more pop than the final version, did not convince anyone and Lundvall commissioned his star producer, Arif Mardin, a new version, to concentrate on the voice. The package was ready and Come Away With Me, his debut album, went on sale in February 2002, without massive campaigns, or an aggressive hit playing on all radios. However, word of mouth did its job and the album began to sell more and more. By the autumn it had already surpassed the million copies sold and all were amazed. It also became platinum in the Netherlands, Australia, Portugal and Hong Kong; double platinum in Great Britain, Ireland and Singapore; and quintuple platinum in New Zealand. Total sales around the world exceeds 18 million copies. In addition, she was the great winner of the 45th edition of the Grammy awards given in 2003, with her five statuettes won, including best album, song, album of the year and best new artist, being the great surprise of the night as it practically snatched 3 statuettes of the hand to Eminem, included the disc of the year, although the bets favored Eminem.
Two years after the release of her debut album, “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones returns with “Feels Like Home.” The singer-pianist-composer returns to team with producer Arif Mardin, sound engineer Jay Newland and his usual live group. She offers us a set of songs composed by her, the members of her group and by the singer and composer Richard Julian. Jones also makes versions of several songs including “Be Here To Love Me” by Townes Van Zandt and “Melancholia” by Duke Ellington, song for which she wrote the lyrics and re-titled it with the name “Do not Miss You At All “.
In 2007, he released his third studio album, Not Too Late, released 5 singles, the album sold around 7 million copies.
On November 17, 2009, the sale of its fourth production entitled The Fall, which contains thirteen songs, plus six songs in the deluxe version. The disc includes the collaborations of Marc Ribot, James Gadson, Joey Waronker or James Poyser, among others.
In 2010, she released her fifth production entitled … Featuring, in which Norah Jones sings with 18 artists, including Foo Fighters, Belle and Sebastian, Dolly Parton, and many more.
In 2012 his sixth unedited material comes out with the name Little Broken Hearts and his first single was “Happy Pills”
Norah Jones Net Worth – $25 Million
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