Norah Jones made her appearance on the music scene with Come Away With Me (2002). With this album, which she describes as a “melancholy little record,” the young artist immediately made a name for herself. Its success was phenomenal and she won five Grammy awards. In 2016, the velvety-voiced diva came back with a sixth album, called Day Breaks, which bears similarities to her first album. On it, she combines jazz, blues, folk and country influences.
Norah Jones in a few words
Born in New York City in 1979, Norah Jones was raised in Texas by her mother, a music lover who introduced her to the big-name jazz and soul artists. « Geetali » (Jones’s first name, which means “the girl who loves songs” in Hindi) especially loved the music of Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.
In 1999, after art studies at Booker T. Washington High School and the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano, she returned to New York City. Her debut album, Come Away With Me, released in 2002 by Blue Note, was a stellar success: it sold 25 million copies and earned her five Grammy awards, making 23-year-old Norah the latest vocal jazz star. The track “Don’t Know Why” became a genre standard.
With her second album, Feels Like Home (2004), the singer took a detour into country music. At the same time, she worked and recorded with certain top musicians: “Here We Go Again” with Ray Charles and “I Shall Be Released” with Bob Dylan.
In 2007, she recorded her third album, Not Too Late, which was darker than the first two. The same year, the singer-songwriter made her debut on the silver screen, playing the lead role in Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights, which opened the Cannes Film Festival.
She returned in 2012 with a pop album titled Little Broken Hearts, on which she sang of her past loves, before releasing Covers in 2013, a compilation of rare tracks and covers, representing some 10 duets recorded over her career.
With Day Breaks (2016), Norah Jones returned to the piano, which she had abandoned in favor of the guitar after her first album. Several legendary musicians participated in this last release: saxophonist Wayne Shorter and organist Lonnie Smith, as well as drummer Brian Blade, who had already collaborated with her on her first album. There are also three covers of songs by Neil Young, Duke Ellington and Horace Silver, who are among her many sources of inspiration.
Norah Jones will be on tour in France in late 2016: November 11 at L’Amphithéâtre in Lyon, November 12 at Théâtre Sébastopol in Lille, November 15 at Salle Pleyel in Paris, and November 16 at Théâtre Fémina in Bordeaux, before ending her tour at Paris’ Olympia on November 21.